Code", "Serial Number", "License
Key", "Activation Code", and many other terms
all refer to basically the same thing; to signify the legal
right to use the software installed on your computer.
Please - an explanation.
If you have purchased and installed software recently, it is
quite likely that you were prompted to enter some sort of
"Code" or "Key" or "Proof of
Purchase", either during the installation, or when you
first launched the new software.
A prime example is Windows(tm). Whether your computer
came with Windows pre-installed, or you had to install it
yourself, you may have been prompted for an "OEM"
identification code before you could continue. That number
wasn't something most people want or need to memorize.
In many cases, you will even be told where this code can
"normally" be found. Places like "On the
CDROM Case", "On the original packaging",
"Enclosed in an envelope you received",
"Previously received via email", and many other
Every now and again, you may be forced to do something like
re-install the software, upgrade to a new version, restore
your software due to a hard-drive crash, and myriad other
To your surprise, you are greeted with the inevitable prompt
"Please enter your registration code...".
Why are they used?
Registration Codes, License Keys, and Serial Numbers are used
for a single purpose. Proof of purchase and prevention
of software piracy. These are the codes that make your
Just in case you were not aware of this fact, copying software
from a friend and "borrowing" their registration
codes or serial numbers is against the law.
Serial Numbers also allow vendors to distribute their software
over the internet as "trial-ware" or
"Shareware". This allows you evaluate the key
features of the software before plunking down cash, thereby
insuring that the software you are purchasing works properly
When you are ready to purchase the software, you may then be
sent a "Registration Code" or serial number to fully
activate the software or remove the "Time Trial"
As this method of software distribution becomes more and more
prevalent, you will be flooded with 100's (if not thousands)
of keys, codes, serial numbers, and etc. to keep safe and
And how does RegCode.com help?
You never know when you will need your registration code;
Get a discount on an upgraded version?
Install an upgraded version of the software?
Re-Install your current version to add options?
Maybe you just bought a new computer and you want to migrate
all your software?
You can dig through stacks and stacks of receipts, license
certificates, printed email, original packaging, and even all
those little labels stuck to your monitor for the right code -
OR - you can surf on over to regcode.com, login, and get your
the code you need.
It gets even better in a corporate environment.
Business entities commonly purchase Enterprise licenses
allowing them to install software on multiple machines using
the same code.
This is a fantastic option for many companies until you find
yourself in Indianapolis and your codes are locked in the safe
in Seattle, and the CTO wants an impromptu demonstration of
the software you just licensed for 5,000$US but have not yet
deployed to the Indianapolis location.
If you think hard enough, you will remember installing a
piece of software that required a registration code.
Now, how quickly can you get your eyes on the codes?
If your system crashed today, would you have all your codes
Do you carry ALL of the registration codes to ALL the software
installed on your notebook just in case you need to reinstall,
upgrade, or request technical support?