Help, I’ve Lost My WinRAR Registration Key!
The one question or request I get most often goes something like this: “please send me a copy of my WinRAR Registration Key as my computer has crashed, or been upgraded, and I didn’t make a backup of it”.
The answer to that question depends on several factors, the most important being, where and from whom did you buy it from? As I am not the only authorized WinRAR (and RAR) distributor, and as these requests tend to come from all over the world, it is quite possible that I did not supply it to them, even though I have been providing WinRAR & RAR licences since version one in 1994 .
First I do a search through my WinRAR sales registration database for individuals, companies or organisations that have purchased online through www.winrar.co.nz (from 2007 to now), or Arrow Computer Services Ltd (all the way back to 1994). If they have bought it from me and have provided enough information to correctly identify them, then I simply package it up and email it to them, as it’s all part of the service that WinRAR distributors provide.
But it gets interesting when I have no record of their WinRAR registration purchase under the information they provided. As of course I do not have information from all the other WinRAR distributors around the world.
So my question to them is; do you know where you purchased your license from? If that distributor is still in business then they are the first place to contact for a copy of your WinRAR license.
Failing that all I can do is suggest that you email the International WinRAR distributors: support(at)win-rar.com and provide them with as much information about their registration, including:
• the approximate date it was registered
• your name
• company (if applicable)
• email (at that time)
• the string of characters used for your registration (av code phrase).
What information should help them provide you with a replacement registration key for which there will be a small charge.
In case you haven’t guessed by now, the important message of this blog is: Always be sure you immediately and securely back up a copy of ALL registration information you receive. If you don’t, then you may have to purchase another key!