Your answer was correct in spirit but not legality.
Technically it may be possible to modify computer data, but the legality of doing so may be another matter entirely. Try ‘modifying’ the contents of a folder with a few paedophilic images and see where it gets you…
Even the intention may not be germane to the act. Our reader sought to delete a registry entry which, inter alia, recorded the date of first installation of a piece of trial software. We then all jumped to the conclusion that he required this knowledge in an attempt to extend unlawfully the trial period. This may not have been the case and he may merely have been obsessive about unwanted junk cluttering up his registry.
It’s an interesting point. Frankly, if his motive was the latter, I’m rather on his side as I don’t like my own machine cluttered up with left over detritus from uninstalled programs. On the other hand, I cannot think of an alternative that protects the software publisher without inconveniencing the user.
You’d think by now there would be something to meet both requirements, but it seems not. My own solution is to make a DriveImage of the boot partition before installing trial software. I can then - provided I’ve installed nothing else meantime - restore the partition at the end of the trial and all registry entries/marker files relating to the trial are gone. I wonder what the morality of that is?
Speaking of morals, we see a number of people on these forums advocating the use of CCE and Scenarist. No one gets hot under the collar about the apparent widespread use of two pieces of software that together cost many thousands of dollars. To ask us to believe that everyone has actually bought this stuff for the purpose of copying a handful of movies would be disingenuous.
As I say, interesting…