A few years ago (2007), WinRAR apparently gave out free registration keys as a promo of some sort. These were all over the place, given out by online magazines and various websites/blogs. I've attached both these files, WinRAR v3.5.1 installer, as well as the registration "key" file, inside a single ZIP file. This is the version I use on all of my computers.
Step 1: Install.
Double-clicking/executing the WinRAR Setup wrar351.exe
file to setup.
Step 2: Register.
Register the full legal non-trial version using the included key file:
- For Windows XP: Double-click the rarreg.key file, and allow it to write the key data to your registry.
- For Windows Vista/7: Copy the rarreg.key file to your C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\Roaming folder
Many of the attachments used on digitalFAQ.com, both the site guides and the forum, are archived inside RAR files.
Note: Although technically an "outdated" version of WinRAR, it still works perfectly fine. There are no security issues or stability issues with version 3.5.1 that I am aware of. If you want to buy a newer version, simply visit RARLab.com and do so. There is no upgrade discount, so you'll be paying the full price ($29). There are now 64-bit versions available, if you feel so inclined. The current version, as of September 2012, is v4.20.