How to get the original setup / installer from Giveawayoftheday files .

Every day Giveaway of the day offers for FREE licensed full version software .  The software will be available for download for 24 hours and during this time  software will be absolutely free. That means – not a trial, not a limited version – but a registered and legal version of the software . You must Download , Install and Activate the software before the Giveaway offer for that  software is over . You cannot install or activate the software after the end of the Giveaway time period due to the special Set up files used .

This tutorial will discuss on How to get back the original installer from GAOTD set up files for future use. The following steps will show you how to back up the original installer for future installation.

Firstly Download the Software from Giveaway of the day ( GAOTD ) page .

*   Now  Unzip the package you’ve downloaded and extract the contents to a folder on your computer .

*  Run ( double click ) the  Setup.exe you had downloaded . It will connect to the internet to verify that the giveaway period is still on and enter activation details .

Do not close the installation window .


* Go to the temporary folder in your system.  which is normally  C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Local\Temp .

(Replace yourusername with your own name)

Or

Go to Start —> Run .  Now type %temp% in the box and click OK .

*  On the windows explorer menu on top , Go to Tools –> Folder options –> View .

Under Hidden files and folders , select ” Show Hidden files and folders ” , then click Apply and OK .


* Now  in  the Temp folder  ,  look for a file similar to the name shown below .

weXXXXX.tmp .

for example we23.tmp , we24.tmp , we28.tmp etc . ( This will be a hidden file ).

*  Copy this wexxxx.tmp  file to another place in your computer .

Rename this file to  Software name.exe  . ( that days software name ).

Right click on the file and go to Properties and uncheck “Hidden“.


Thats All ….You are done now .

You can use this new setup.exe to install the software at any time you wish . Once you studied the entire process fully , its very simple to back up the original GAOTD downloads .

Note

1) You must first  download the file from GAOTD website before the time period is over .

2) Some times the GAOTD programs will have a Activate.exe along with Setup.exe file.

You cannot use this trick in that case .

3) Some times you will get the Serial key/ license in the  read me.txt . in this case , you can directly download the Software from manufactures homepage

and  use   the serial key provided in the Read me.txt .

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15 Responses to “How to get the original setup / installer from Giveawayoftheday files .”

  1. Jazz Says:

    Nice info :-) GOTD is a good site .

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  9. amon Says:

    Very nice trick ! Please keep up the good work. I like this site so much.

    Thank you a lot.

  10. Jimmy Says:

    If the GOTD comes with an Activate.exe. one can use thinapp to capture the install and make a portable and silent setup.msi. hope this helps.

  11. archer Says:

    Er no……if done properly [ i.e. thinapp in vmware] a portable version can be made of all the software offered provided it is installed and registered on the day in question.

  12. Joshua Hayes Says:

    Hey you can use activate by entering the registry and copying the entry’s:

    Giveaway Of The Day – How To Use The Activate.exe File Anytime.
    - Download zip archive from GiveAwayOfTheDay
    - Press WIN+R
    - Enter Regedit in the search box and press enter
    - Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software
    - Go back to the zip archive, extract and run the activater.
    - Once complete, locate the entry that the activator just placed.
    - If found, right click it and click export.
    - Choose where to put the file.
    - Locate the archive from GiveAwayOfTheDay and launch Setup.
    - Install your application normally.
    - If the application isn’t activated, close off the application, locate the file you created and run it. Press yes when asked. Once you have done so run the program again and it should be activated.
    - If the program still isn’t activated or you couldn’t find an application entry, then it must be located somewhere else in the registry.
    - WARNING NEVER FIDDLE AROUND WITH THE REGISTRY.

    Great ways to know if you have the correct file:
    - MAKE SURE YOUR REGISTRY IS BACKED UP!!!
    - Once you have exported the registry entry, delete it and THEN run Setup.
    - Once installation is finished, if the program isn’t activated, you must have the correct entry.
    - Close off application (make sure it ISN’T running in the system tray) and locate the file you exported and run it. Press yes when asked. Once you have done so run the program again and it should be activated.

    This was tested on 8 different applications from Giveaway of the day by Joshua Hayes.

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