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

"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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  1. Roland Katsuragi

    Roland Katsuragi

    Acum 4 ore

    Does it count for 2.0 if you "found" the key online?

  2. matt matt

    matt matt

    Acum 9 ore

    I was born in 94' my first clear memory and first foreign name I can remember is IGOR PAVLOV 😂

  3. Cormac _

    Cormac _

    Acum 9 ore

    What's with all the 420 references in this video?

  4. MidtownMadness1


    Acum 11 ore

    6:44 Midtown Madness!

  5. Pandu POLUAN

    Pandu POLUAN

    Acum 11 ore

    One superpower WinRAR has that 7zip doesn't: On the fly encoding selection. Very useful if you often get files from China or Japan, who have several official encodings. With 7-zip, you'll have to change the settings on Windows.

  6. L Train45

    L Train45

    Acum 12 ore

    Stop saying RAR

  7. OneMinuteFixed


    Acum 16 ore

    I still use this? Am I supposed to use something else more current?

  8. RuinAngel


    Acum 16 ore

    I don't get why people say that no one ever had a paid copy of WinRAR because I had one back in 2010 when they hosted a giveaway. It was in German but all you need to do is fill in the name and email and you would receive the rarkey link via email. And that key worked from version 3 all the way till 5.12 or something. I turned to Bandizip after but from this video I am confident that the key probably works for WinRAR 6.00 as well.

  9. luca g.lisickza

    luca g.lisickza

    Acum 16 ore

    personally i like winrar over 7zip a million times

  10. Al Con

    Al Con

    Acum 17 ore

    Many years ago I won a giveaway for a legit key of WinRAR. At first, seemed like nothing had changed to me, but when I had a new computer and installed again WinRAR without the key, damn, I realized how freaking annoying the trial was.



    Acum 17 ore

    Mass register and order physical CDs

  12. Blazzycrafter


    Acum 20 ore

    winRawr *-*

  13. BoomerAUS00


    Acum 22 ore

    I still use winrar

  14. Peter Lustig

    Peter Lustig

    Acum o Zi

    Interesting, that it is developed by a german company

  15. motorized lifting

    motorized lifting

    Acum o Zi

    Wheres the WinRar CD video?

  16. Atex Phwin

    Atex Phwin

    Acum o Zi

    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

  17. szewei1985


    Acum o Zi

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

  18. Connor Heather

    Connor Heather

    Acum o Zi

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

  19. Alex V

    Alex V

    Acum o Zi

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

  20. jub8891


    Acum o Zi

    Register deez

  21. Leonardo M. Agustin

    Leonardo M. Agustin

    Acum 2 Zile

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

  22. Latin lover24

    Latin lover24

    Acum 2 Zile

    Hahahaah holy crap....you did it!

  23. Solea


    Acum 2 Zile


  24. theNWdigital


    Acum 2 Zile

    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.

  25. PedanticTwit


    Acum 2 Zile

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

  26. Jan Lyakhovsky

    Jan Lyakhovsky

    Acum 3 Zile

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

  27. AFK


    Acum 3 Zile

    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.

  28. Master J

    Master J

    Acum 3 Zile

    can u do the pkzip/pkunzip in the win10?

  29. Braskus


    Acum 3 Zile

    What about bandicam!? No more watermarks for you!

  30. Uncle Mike's Retro & Gaming

    Uncle Mike's Retro & Gaming

    Acum 3 Zile

    Now go ahead and actually BUY PKZip 😄

  31. Muhammad Yusril Nur Ramadhan

    Muhammad Yusril Nur Ramadhan

    Acum 3 Zile

    This is one of the rarest event on earth.

  32. rjc0234


    Acum 3 Zile

    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

  33. 즉시우빈


    Acum 3 Zile

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

  34. Ron Bali

    Ron Bali

    Acum 3 Zile

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

  35. Hachi Riko

    Hachi Riko

    Acum 3 Zile

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

  36. David Evens

    David Evens

    Acum 3 Zile

    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.

  37. Pentazer


    Acum 4 Zile

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

  38. ThehakkeMadman


    Acum 4 Zile

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

  39. Tommi Raulahti

    Tommi Raulahti

    Acum 4 Zile

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

  40. Emiliano Fraga

    Emiliano Fraga

    Acum 4 Zile

    Now you have a granted place on Heaven.

  41. Emiliano Fraga

    Emiliano Fraga

    Acum 4 Zile

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

  42. aldo b

    aldo b

    Acum 4 Zile

    Thanks for rememboring . Registered now

  43. SutorippuDotCom


    Acum 4 Zile

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

  44. BluTheDog


    Acum 4 Zile

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



    Acum 4 Zile

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

  46. LiK


    Acum 4 Zile

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

  47. steeviebops


    Acum 5 Zile

    *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."

  48. TSFTM


    Acum 5 Zile

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

  49. Bruno Andrioli

    Bruno Andrioli

    Acum 5 Zile

    WinRAR Team : Family, today we eat

  50. XaviarCraig


    Acum 5 Zile

    Awww you should have found the exact cutoff version!

  51. 607


    Acum 5 Zile

    It's good that it works so far back!

  52. Саша Тамбов

    Саша Тамбов

    Acum 5 Zile

    oh my, this is legendary... xD

  53. NoneOfYour Beeswax

    NoneOfYour Beeswax

    Acum 6 Zile

    Buying WinRAR for a Mac LOL

  54. zach korinis

    zach korinis

    Acum 6 Zile

    To boldly go where no man has gone before

  55. 1 Pessimist

    1 Pessimist

    Acum 6 Zile

    7zip ftw

  56. iot01t01na


    Acum 6 Zile


  57. Ryan Lorch

    Ryan Lorch

    Acum 6 Zile

    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.

  58. Michi Hirczy

    Michi Hirczy

    Acum 6 Zile

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

  59. Marc Brandenburg

    Marc Brandenburg

    Acum 6 Zile

    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.

  60. ׂ ׂ

    ׂ ׂ

    Acum 6 Zile

    1:50 sick burn, bro.

  61. Глад Валакас ФЭК

    Глад Валакас ФЭК

    Acum 7 Zile


  62. Nico


    Acum 7 Zile

    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.

  63. Dezwarteschijf


    Acum 7 Zile

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

  64. Nimmy


    Acum 7 Zile

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

  65. N-Gnoid TV

    N-Gnoid TV

    Acum 7 Zile

    The meme gods have been kind to WinRAR

  66. Markus Krause

    Markus Krause

    Acum 7 Zile

    * laughs in 7Zip *

  67. North Texas Transportation Network

    North Texas Transportation Network

    Acum 7 Zile

    My copy still works lol

  68. shinobody


    Acum 7 Zile

    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.

  69. Rafael Hanges

    Rafael Hanges

    Acum 7 Zile


  70. Andrei Pasa

    Andrei Pasa

    Acum 7 Zile

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

  71. Pipi Roe

    Pipi Roe

    Acum 7 Zile

    What about Total Commander? 😀

  72. Jun Kelm

    Jun Kelm

    Acum 7 Zile

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

  73. Uli Schmidt

    Uli Schmidt

    Acum 8 Zile

    man, that was a long 40 days

  74. Mogerus


    Acum 8 Zile

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

  75. AuraDZ GM

    AuraDZ GM

    Acum 8 Zile

    You buy a Winrar license? Straight to heaven!

  76. NLferdiNL


    Acum 8 Zile

    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.

  77. OCsonic


    Acum 8 Zile

    $3000 winrar copy giveaway when?

  78. MacEbes


    Acum 8 Zile

    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.

  79. the_foe


    Acum 8 Zile

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

  80. Ryan Armstrong

    Ryan Armstrong

    Acum 8 Zile

    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)

  81. goodiesguy


    Acum 8 Zile

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

  82. Toru the Red Fox

    Toru the Red Fox

    Acum 8 Zile

    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

  83. Love Kush

    Love Kush

    Acum 8 Zile

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

  84. AsthmaticTurnip


    Acum 8 Zile

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

  85. Mark Wulffert

    Mark Wulffert

    Acum 9 Zile

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

  86. Ut1F70F Sin

    Ut1F70F Sin

    Acum 9 Zile

    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!

  87. pacxel


    Acum 9 Zile

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

    • pacxel


      Acum 9 Zile

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

  88. jcc3d


    Acum 9 Zile

    I prefer 7zip

  89. Andrew Sloane

    Andrew Sloane

    Acum 9 Zile

    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

      Acum 6 Zile

      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.

  90. nemanjaepo


    Acum 9 Zile

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

  91. Zé Maria Gonçalves Pereira

    Zé Maria Gonçalves Pereira

    Acum 9 Zile

    you took a gigantic load off of me

  92. Blue Roots Denver TV

    Blue Roots Denver TV

    Acum 9 Zile

    man I love some nerdy shit

  93. Aron Hoekstra

    Aron Hoekstra

    Acum 9 Zile

    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?

  94. Studio


    Acum 9 Zile

    Just use 7zip lol

  95. Luciano Delahaye

    Luciano Delahaye

    Acum 9 Zile

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

  96. zombizzle


    Acum 9 Zile

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

  97. trelard


    Acum 9 Zile

    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.

  98. Devire


    Acum 9 Zile

    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.

  99. Mulholland Drive 6980

    Mulholland Drive 6980

    Acum 9 Zile

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

  100. ALL CAPS


    Acum 9 Zile

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