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1. Basic System Board Hacks > 7. Set Your Clock Back

Set Your Clock Back

Avoid or test date- and time-related features of your programs by setting the system clock back or ahead in the BIOS.

Setting the system date and time backwards or forwards is one way to see how a program behaves on different dates, ensure that a scheduled event runs, or make sure a program expires when it is supposed to.

Tip

This hack is most useful for testing purposes only. In normal use it is not practical to hold your system clock back or force it forward because scheduled events such as backups, virus scans and updates, file records, and data such as email arrival and send times will become very confused and may not function properly.

This hack will probably not let you bypass the expiration dates of trial software, Windows XP activation, or other rights-management technologies, as many of these programs keep track of radical time setting changes or number of uses in the registry or protected files. I certainly do not advocate such deceptive practices.


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