Here in Guatemala, we don't always have the budget to buy all software we need. It's been very useful to use trial versions of software, but sometimes you need to use it for just a little bit longer. Maybe you've already found the trick that you can change your system date in the taskbar tray back to the time when your trial version was working, and whalla, the program will work again. I am guilty. The problem comes when you forget the change it back and you start sending emails to people. Outlook tags them with the current system date so they show up incorrectly in your recipient's date-sorted inboxes. The solution is a batch file I just coded, and thought I'd share. It was pretty easy, just reading the /? page for the WinXP command lines SET and DATE. Start->Run... "cmd"
C:\>cd "Paint Shop Pro" C:\Paint Shop Pro>copy con psp.bat set PSPDATE=%DATE:~4% date 05/01/2004 "Paint Shop Pro.exe" date %PSPDATE% ^Z 1 file(s) copied.Notes: 'copy con' is using the COPY command to create a file from the 'console'. You enter your batch file line-by-line. When you are done, you press Ctrl-Z (the end-of-file character), shown as ^Z above. Using double quotes is how you can change directories and run programs that have spaces in them in the XP command line environment. %DATE:~4% takes the current system date and strips the first 4 characters, which are always the day of week, like "Thu " 'date 05/01/2004' is the command that sets the system date to the date when the trial version of the software was valid. For ease of use, create a shortcut to your new batch file on your quicklaunch bar