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Is registration needed?

vDos is largely freeware, even open source, a small part of its proprietary code is however excluded from the source files (of no interest if you don’t plan to modify and rebuild vDos). But vDos will check if the PC is joined to a domain, or a network drive is addressed. The About popup is then displayed at startup. So vDos is also sort of mild nagware for some targeted business users. That eventual nag can be clicked away, without consequences for vDos’ functionality. If vDos isn’t used that often, this shouldn’t pose a real obstacle. A registration or donation would of course still be appreciated, even if the nag doesn’t apply.

What will it bring?

That nag won’t show up anymore. Perhaps a good feeling you’ll contribute to rewarding the countless hours invested in vDos, further development and support, and keep vDos nag-free for most (99+%) users? You’ll also be informed of new versions. Some two weeks after the initial release, so eventually reported bugs will be fixed. I could be more open to your specific issues or wishes, and supply an intermediate pre-release to address those.

How does it work?

After filling out the registration form, you’ll receive a mail with an invoice and license file (if paid directly). The license file is to be copied to the vDos.exe directory. That’s it, no further activation procedures or online validations. Transferring a registered vDos to other/new systems, remains a copy of some files (plus one).

What about new versions?

Registration is lifetime and remains valid for any new versions. If I would decide to change this policy, it won’t involve existing registrations. vDos can be registered in two editions:

User name: € 35 per user name.
The Windows user name has to be (one of) the user name(s) defined in the license file.

Networked: € 150.
The number of users is unlimited, as long the PC’s are joined to the registered domain or the registered network drive is addressed.

You will find the required user name or network ID in the nag, System Menu - About… in a framed vDos window, or issuing the ABOUT command at the vDos command prompt.

Money back guarantee?

You can (should!) test-drive vDos for as long you feel needed to be confident it will fulfill your requirements. A vDos license can’t be revoked since there’s no online validation. It will remain valid for (even future) versions it applies to. So you would have to convince me vDos doesn’t function for you…

This all could change with a next vDos release. Any vDos usage requiring an online activation and validation. So I can actually disable your vDos copy, and do a refund. This would of course be a substantial burden to other (not already registered) vDos users, and a more costly vDos registration.