Registering WinRAR in 2021: How Far Back Does It Work?

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"Nobody registers WinRAR." So let's register WinRAR! It's notorious for its infinite 40-day trial so I've been curious what activating it is actually like. I also wonder how old of a version of WinRAR can be activated using a 2021 registration key! Let's find out with Windows XP, 98, 95...
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  • Atex Phwin
    Atex Phwin47 minuten geleden

    7:24 if you click on the winrar title the ocean will start waving in the background, also if you click on the winrar icon it will fall down and bounce like a ball

  • szewei1985
    szewei198554 minuten geleden

    Hahahaha interesting. Now i never RAR anymore since i quit downloading torrents. No joke. I serious.

  • Connor Heather
    Connor HeatherUur geleden

    9:27 4.20pm, I get the feeling he knew what he was doing!

  • Alex V
    Alex V7 uur geleden

    Who uses safari in 2021? :D Especially on PC/Mac and not on a mobile device

  • jub8891
    jub88918 uur geleden

    Register deez

  • Leonardo M. Agustin
    Leonardo M. Agustin12 uur geleden

    the key goes way back from '95 that's why it works. kekw

  • Latin lover24
    Latin lover2418 uur geleden

    Hahahaah holy did it!

  • Solea
    Solea19 uur geleden


  • theNWdigital
    theNWdigital21 uur geleden

    My dad has a window and door fitter company and a few years ago, they subscribed a special program for about 100 € per month from a large window and door manufacturer. During the installation I saw a hint like "use WinRAR if this doesn't work, it's included on the CD-ROM". I thought "no way, they really put a shareware on this CD-ROM?". In fact: They didn't. On the CD-ROM was a goddamn old WinRAR version from 2002 including their site license file! I extracted this license file and it's still working with the most recent versions of WinRAR.

  • PedanticTwit
    PedanticTwitDag geleden

    I actually registered winrar like 15 years ago. Still using the same license.

  • Jan Lyakhovsky
    Jan LyakhovskyDag geleden

    Unpack key file in WinRAR 2.9+ and put in in WinRAR dir directly.

  • AFK
    AFKDag geleden

    I'm curious, how many people here use the free open-source option 7Zip instead of Winrar? 7zip is supposedly faster and slower in some things depending and I've also heard it covers more filetypes and is available on more operating systems.

  • Master J
    Master JDag geleden

    can u do the pkzip/pkunzip in the win10?

  • Braskus
    BraskusDag geleden

    What about bandicam!? No more watermarks for you!

  • Uncle Mike's Retro & Gaming
    Uncle Mike's Retro & Gaming2 dagen geleden

    Now go ahead and actually BUY PKZip 😄

  • Muhammad Yusril Nur Ramadhan
    Muhammad Yusril Nur Ramadhan2 dagen geleden

    This is one of the rarest event on earth.

  • rjc0234
    rjc02342 dagen geleden

    I have ended up owning 3 copies of Winrar due to loosing computers and not being able to transfer licences. I didn't have time to always close the notification window when unzipping hundreds of folders every day

  • 즉시우빈
    즉시우빈2 dagen geleden

    5:31 you just opened the winrar key file in “7zip” haha

  • Ron Bali
    Ron Bali2 dagen geleden

    WInRAR is better than 7z cuz COLOURS. -This post was made by WinRAR gang PS: I use 7zip

  • Hachi Riko
    Hachi Riko2 dagen geleden

    "i use 7-zip" wait, people dont use winRAR?

  • David Evens
    David Evens2 dagen geleden

    You might want to do a history episode on the ZIP archive format. It's a wonderful example of how winning a law suit can still result in the failure of your company because people simply don't like you and refuse to support your product.

  • Pentazer
    Pentazer2 dagen geleden

    LGR, dude. Google? What's wrong with you? Lycos, Altavista!

  • ThehakkeMadman
    ThehakkeMadman2 dagen geleden

    Forgive me Eugene, I once cracked WinRAR! But still got WinRAR on my system :) Unregistered and uncracked

  • Tommi Raulahti
    Tommi Raulahti2 dagen geleden

    I purhaced my winrar lisence 2009. Supporting this company is very good thing so I think this money went to right direction.

  • Emiliano Fraga
    Emiliano Fraga3 dagen geleden

    Now you have a granted place on Heaven.

  • Emiliano Fraga
    Emiliano Fraga3 dagen geleden

    "Chrome works but Safari doesn't' - nothing is closer to the truth

  • aldo b
    aldo b3 dagen geleden

    Thanks for rememboring . Registered now

  • SutorippuDotCom
    SutorippuDotCom3 dagen geleden

    There's a lot to unpack here. ... I'll see myself out.

  • BluTheDog
    BluTheDog3 dagen geleden

    It just hurts... you actually bought it for 40$? Damn...

    SMAAAASHTV3 dagen geleden

    Probably broke rarlab's consumer relations employee, by being the first ever consumer to purchase WinRAR.

  • LiK
    LiK3 dagen geleden

    This is a fun video. I was always curious why it was free forever,

  • steeviebops
    steeviebops3 dagen geleden

    *raises hand* I'm one of the few who registered it, back in 2004 or so! At the time I was like "ah sure, doesn't cost that much". 😂 I just checked the readme file that comes with the key and it says: "Please contact support 'at' rarlab 'dot' com if you need a key for an older WinRAR/RAR version then 2.60."

    TSFTM3 dagen geleden

    Back in the day I had a registered version of PKZIP for DOS !

  • Bruno Andrioli
    Bruno Andrioli3 dagen geleden

    WinRAR Team : Family, today we eat

  • XaviarCraig
    XaviarCraig3 dagen geleden

    Awww you should have found the exact cutoff version!

  • 607
    6074 dagen geleden

    It's good that it works so far back!

  • Саша Тамбов
    Саша Тамбов4 dagen geleden

    oh my, this is legendary... xD

  • NoneOfYour Beeswax
    NoneOfYour Beeswax4 dagen geleden

    Buying WinRAR for a Mac LOL

  • zach korinis
    zach korinis4 dagen geleden

    To boldly go where no man has gone before

  • 1 Pessimist
    1 Pessimist5 dagen geleden

    7zip ftw

  • iot01t01na
    iot01t01na5 dagen geleden


  • Ryan Lorch
    Ryan Lorch5 dagen geleden

    Hey @LGR, have you considered covering Apple's PowerMac 5200? I can't be the only one out here with find memories of that thing.

  • Michi Hirczy
    Michi Hirczy5 dagen geleden

    I actually registered it about a gazillion years ago :) Wanted to give the programmers back for the great software I use day to day...

  • Marc Brandenburg
    Marc Brandenburg5 dagen geleden

    I bought WinZip back in the mid 90s, with the purchase printoff page proudly proclaiming that I had a LIFETIME registration code. And then, some short years later, the code stopped working, telling me it was invalid and I'd have to buy a new one. That was my first "Office Space Stapler Guy" moment. Too bad it wasn't the last. You, winzip folks, earned a gravity cancelling kick-in-the-nards for that one.

  • ׂ ׂ
    ׂ ׂ5 dagen geleden

    1:50 sick burn, bro.

  • Глад Валакас ФЭК
    Глад Валакас ФЭК5 dagen geleden


  • Nico
    Nico5 dagen geleden

    I'm imagining that episode of The Simpsons where Lisa buys Al Gore's book and since its the first one sold the alert is sent to him.

  • Dezwarteschijf
    Dezwarteschijf5 dagen geleden

    Some grandson is waking up his grandpa .. don't wanna give you a heart attack but someone registered a copy of your program grandpa.

  • Nimmy
    Nimmy5 dagen geleden

    Can u do a vid to format pc to factory settings on xp

  • N-Gnoid TV
    N-Gnoid TV5 dagen geleden

    The meme gods have been kind to WinRAR

  • Markus Krause
    Markus Krause5 dagen geleden

    * laughs in 7Zip *

  • North Texas Transportation Network
    North Texas Transportation Network5 dagen geleden

    My copy still works lol

  • shinobody
    shinobody5 dagen geleden

    Rarlab and WinRar GMBH actually changed their business model. Their new product, mobile app RAR, is fully free, but it has a nag screen asking you for a voluntary 5$ monthly subscription to support development, kinda like a tip jar Patreon. And honestly, I think I will subscribe when I get a job, to support development of free software.

  • Rafael Hanges
    Rafael Hanges6 dagen geleden


  • Andrei Pasa
    Andrei Pasa6 dagen geleden

    What a lovely way to start my Sunday ! Heaps more entertaining that I would've thought. Cheers, LGR :D

  • Pipi Roe
    Pipi Roe6 dagen geleden

    What about Total Commander? 😀

  • Jun Kelm
    Jun Kelm6 dagen geleden

    I was always curious what you got if you bought it. I guess the mystery is solved. Can't wait to see that CD.

  • Uli Schmidt
    Uli Schmidt6 dagen geleden

    man, that was a long 40 days

  • Mogerus
    Mogerus6 dagen geleden

    Nah, I'm team 7zip. I've stopped WinRar ever since.

  • AuraDZ GM
    AuraDZ GM6 dagen geleden

    You buy a Winrar license? Straight to heaven!

  • NLferdiNL
    NLferdiNL6 dagen geleden

    To be honest, this video combined with the fact it's my goto compression program made me order my license+CD aswell. It's a small sum for the amount of usage I got out of it over the years.

  • OCsonic
    OCsonic6 dagen geleden

    $3000 winrar copy giveaway when?

  • MacEbes
    MacEbes6 dagen geleden

    Fun fact: even if you buy winRar, the kry can be copied to other systems. So you can get up to 3 licenses for price of one.

  • the_foe
    the_foe6 dagen geleden

    who needs WinRar when 7-zip is better and truly for free?

  • Ryan Armstrong
    Ryan Armstrong6 dagen geleden

    I went through a similar exercise with Total Commander and Beyond Compare on my Retro PC. Short answer: Total Commander's registration still totally works on the 16-bit version, and Beyond Compare registrations are version specific, but a quick e-mail to support will give you an older key if you want it (and already registered, naturally)

  • goodiesguy
    goodiesguy7 dagen geleden

    I still use WinRAR. Never really bothered with 7zip, and stopped using WinZip in the mid 2000's (when I switched to WinRAR.

  • Toru the Red Fox
    Toru the Red Fox7 dagen geleden

    I personally use a mix of WinRAR and 7Zip as WinRAR is better at opening archived applications, as it temporarily extracts the whole archive, unlike 7Zip, which only extracts the executable, which fails if it depends on any external files, which most executables do

  • Love Kush
    Love Kush7 dagen geleden

    MS Office XP / 2003 / 2007 are paid software which all people use it free

  • AsthmaticTurnip
    AsthmaticTurnip7 dagen geleden

    My friend in college bought it, he was a genuine good guy.

  • Mark Wulffert
    Mark Wulffert7 dagen geleden

    I use 7zip, works on everything, is open source and free

  • Ut1F70F Sin
    Ut1F70F Sin7 dagen geleden

    The problem back then was finding ANY reliable file to unzip, winzip just ended up pissing me off. I appreciate WinRar, I have thought about registering before, but I already knew it was meant for large company enterprises to make full use of. I only needed a mere 'kb' of info to unfold. All I can do, at least right now, is thank WinRar! Thanks WinRAR! Thanks for not being a greedy PoS, like MicroDick-err-Soft company!

  • pacxel
    pacxel7 dagen geleden

    Maybe I shouldn't give you any ideas. but next you should register a copy of Nero burring rom.

  • pacxel


    7 dagen geleden

    update I did a few years ago. no more infra recorder or imgburn.

  • jcc3d
    jcc3d7 dagen geleden

    I prefer 7zip

  • Andrew Sloane
    Andrew Sloane7 dagen geleden

    I'm curious, why would you want to have Win Rar any more. You got ICloud back up and ssd's are really cheap now.

  • Just Time

    Just Time

    4 dagen geleden

    Anyone putting anything on the cloud are as dumb as bitcoin investors, especially on iCloud or Amazon Cloud. In fact, fucking stupid. Your data is at their mercy. And hackers.

  • nemanjaepo
    nemanjaepo7 dagen geleden

    OMG! Games instaled on Windows XP :) Thanks for reminding me on same old days :)

  • Zé Maria Gonçalves Pereira
    Zé Maria Gonçalves Pereira7 dagen geleden

    you took a gigantic load off of me

  • Blue Roots Denver TV
    Blue Roots Denver TV7 dagen geleden

    man I love some nerdy shit

  • Aron Hoekstra
    Aron Hoekstra8 dagen geleden

    Tsk tsk tsk.. You did notice it said your license was for a single PC usage, but you just installed it on like 8 different PC's.. I think you owe Rarlab some more money! Maybe need a bulk license?

  • Studio
    Studio8 dagen geleden

    Just use 7zip lol

  • Luciano Delahaye
    Luciano Delahaye8 dagen geleden

    *me being a 7zip user for 10+ years*

  • zombizzle
    zombizzle8 dagen geleden

    I can't believe how interesting this was... ahh WinRAR, what a legacy. Stoked to see the CD!

  • trelard
    trelard8 dagen geleden

    Great video. The nag screen doesn't come up if you right click an archive and extract from there. You hadn't mentioned it yet when I typed this if it comes up later. My memory sucks these days so I have to type thoughts or chances are I forget before the end.

  • Devire
    Devire8 dagen geleden

    Lol, just after I watched the video another youtuber I watch wrote on Twitter that he had to register WinRAR for corporate use. What a coincidence.

  • Mulholland Drive 6980
    Mulholland Drive 69808 dagen geleden

    This was educational and entertaining at the same time. And the memories... oh, the memories...

    ALL CAPS8 dagen geleden

    I remember pirating it just to skip that nagging screen but later just switched to 7zip

  • Storm Wooten
    Storm Wooten8 dagen geleden

    This is great and all, but it could use a sandwich

  • Storm Wooten

    Storm Wooten

    8 dagen geleden

    Imma be that guy who stans the sandwich channel

  • Eric Wood
    Eric Wood8 dagen geleden

    I wish Virtual ][ and Emulator Enhancer 2 for Mac PowerPC were so forgiving!

  • Bane McDeath
    Bane McDeath8 dagen geleden

    Soooooo.... going to switch to Rar now? Seeing that old maze screen Saver made me wonder if there ever was a doom mod for it. ????

  • LU23
    LU238 dagen geleden

    iam using winrar till today

  • Rex Holes
    Rex Holes8 dagen geleden

    I should buy a license only because I used it to mod Minecraft, I dont f with minecraft anymore but anyway.

  • c0d3r3d // cleanycloth
    c0d3r3d // cleanycloth8 dagen geleden

    In 2014 I built my first proper gaming PC. I pirated WinRAR. I then had to spend a couple hours removing hundreds of viruses off my freshly installed copy of 8.1 using Avast's boot scanner. I use 7-zip now and whilst it can be rather annoying sometimes, I prefer it.

  • mchenrynick
    mchenrynick8 dagen geleden

    You use 7zip to open WinRar LOL!

  • Shifter999
    Shifter9998 dagen geleden

    What we learned is when you buy a WinRAR licence, its yours for life.

  • Verbal Ästhet
    Verbal Ästhet8 dagen geleden

    I dont think I ever noticed that it wasnt free. I never cared to read the message window when I used it.

  • Judge_V
    Judge_V8 dagen geleden

    TIL after 20ish years : THERE ARE THEMES FOR WinRAR!?

  • ItsRize
    ItsRize8 dagen geleden

    Why do people thinks it’s so weird to register WinRAR I registered after the trail and I new you could have it free but the pop up really bothered me.

  • Jesper Sevel
    Jesper Sevel8 dagen geleden

    Try look in to the key-file itself to see if user and password are inside the file

    TCPUDPATM PORTS8 dagen geleden

    Sigh, so many memories with that Win95 and that CD in the background that reminds me of an eagle eye every time.

  • Matt Bennett
    Matt Bennett8 dagen geleden

    @4:32 buys Winrar.. @7:20 abuses "single pc usage license" :)

  • Jeroen Heijmans
    Jeroen Heijmans8 dagen geleden

    Makes me think about WordPerfect. Companies bought the program and were allowed to give the employees a free copy to work at home, get used with it, and so on. Many people used WP as their default text editor and more companies bought it.