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I have a desk top Application(c#.Net) which has a date check and saves the date in a file during the time of installation.My requirement is suppose if the system is formatted this date file will also get formatted and this particular file cannot be recovered.
Is there some way so that even if the system is formatted we can get the date when this particular application is installed. Some way to check in the application itself.
Posted 7-Oct-12 23:21pm
Edited 7-Oct-12 23:45pm
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Erik Rude at 8-Oct-12 4:31am
   
Try searching for licensing - I guess what you want is a bullet proof method to make sure unauthorised use of your software is not happening. Lots of methods are mentioned here and also a bit of philosophical discussions on whether it is worth it or not.
sanjaym100 at 8-Oct-12 4:43am
   
I am having a licensing created for my application ie install date check till a period
for 2 years but once if the system is formatted this will not work accordingly.because the install date will change i need to have the first install date.
   
Why don't you embed the date in the installer itself ?
sanjaym100 at 8-Oct-12 6:06am
   
could you please be more specific about this
   
You can use dual licencing - 1. Generate a licence key that will expire after a particular date. Embed this function in your application. 2. Generate another key for a particular machine. I have added my answer as solution below..
sanjaym100 at 8-Oct-12 8:25am
   
I think i did not make it clear.
I am having a licensing(this is not a trial) created for my application ie install date check till a period for 2 years. But incase once if the system is formatted this will not work accordingly.Because again when the application is installed the date will be based on the current date when the application is being installed For eg: I installed on 01-04-2012 but if system is formatted today and the application is installed the date check will be from 08-10-2012 to 2 years time.
   
I got your point. My answer is NO. There is no fool proof method to detect the previous installation after the disk is formatted. In your current licencing system If the system is formatted, it will not be able to detect the previous installed date. So inorder to overcome this, I suggested you to use a licencing system that is NOT dependent on the installed date, but will be dependent on the expiry date. Even if the system is formatted any number of times and the application is installed any number of times, the key will expire on a pre-defined date, which you can set to 2 years, from the day your client buys the licence.
 
And when you yourself say that the licence is for 2 years, isn't it for a 2 year trial period ?
sanjaym100 at 8-Oct-12 8:47am
   
Ok. but either way install date or expiry date we need a solution to get the date when the system is formatted.
   
No.. This is not the fool proof method. There are hundreds of ways to format a disk. And thousands of ways to recover the data after formatting. You cannot write your code for all of them. And remember the thumb rule - the disk belongs to the user. He can hack it any way he wants. Why not secure your app from your code itself INSTEAD OF keeping a dependency on user's machine....
sanjaym100 at 8-Oct-12 9:09am
   
Only thing i need is a way to check this time frame through some method.An application can be hacked but the point is it should not be done so easily. thanks for your comments and time.

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Solution 1

Use the activation key for activating the key on a specific computer. This way one setup will be installed on one system pnly
Software Copy Protection for .Net Applications - a Tutorial[^]
 
Use the trial key maker to generate the trial key ; in your case a trial period of 2 years
Application Trial Maker[^]
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