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How to register WinRAR on your computer

If you have not already done so, do go to our Buy Now page to license your copy of WinRAR or RAR. 
Just purchased WinRAR? Thank you, a fully updated copy of the following will be emailed to you along with your WinRAR license key.

After you have purchased your RAR or WinRAR license we will do our very best to send your license key file to your e-mail address within 2 working days of receiving your details and registration fee. Your key will be registered to the AV code you provided on the Cart/Checkout page, if none is provided we will use your business name, or for a personal license we wil use your name exactly as you entered it. 

Your WinRAR registration code is contained within the key file RARREG.RAR that will be attached to your email from us.

If you have not already done so, you do need to download and install the latest version of WinRAR from here to install your copy of WinRAR. For other operating systems you do need to download their corresponding version of RAR from here.


Instead of using the out of date Windows XP manual install method for 32 bit computers (below) to install your WinRAR license on Windows 7, 8 & 8.1, I definitely recommend that you download and use my WinRAR Registration License Key Auto-Installer program to simply, and instantly, install your license ready for use.
Just click here to sign up 
(for free of course!) via the  Register  icon tab to become a WinRAR How To member to get full access to to my WinRAR How To website, Blogs, Forum and Newsletter. You will see the link to the complete illustrated how - to instructions, to download and easily install your Install Key.exe highlighted on the Member Welcome page.  

If you are relatively new to WinRAR I know you will find my WinRAR How To - Starting eBook very useful for familiarising yourself with this very advanced application. It is the first in my "missing WinRAR Users Manual" series, available for just US$3.99 from Amazon Kindle. The last chapter of which features the fully updated (and illustrated) Windows 7, 8 & 8.1 version of the following information. Interested in checking it out? Then click the eBook image on the right for details.


To manually extract and install your WinRAR keyfile for Windows 8, 7 and Vista 32 bit*:

  • First you double click on the RARREG.RAR attachment to this email, WinRAR will start up and you will see that RARREG.RAR contains your RARREG.KEY file.Double click to open your file.

  • If the "Please purchase …" window appears then close it.To check your registration is OK, open WinRAR (Start, All Programs, WinRAR) and click on the Help button (near the top of the WinRAR window), select About WinRAR ... and your AV code should appear under "Registered to".  

  • Right click on RARREG.KEY and from the WinRAR menu select: Extract to the Specified Folder.

  • In its right hand panel double click on Desktop to highlight it and click OK. Nothing will change but your RARREG.KEY has now been extracted and copied to your Desktop. 

  • Now close the WinRAR window.

  • Next hold down the Windows key (between the Ctrl and Alt keys on the left of most keyboards) and press "E" to open Windows Explorer (it will show "Computer" in the Address bar of the Explorer window). If the word Folders appears in the bottom of the left panel then click to expand it. 

  • On that left panel double click on Local Disk (C:), click on the triangle to the left of /Program Files (or /Program Files (x86)/ for the 32-bit version)  to show the subfolders below it.

  • Now click on Desktop (near the top of the left panel). In the right panel you should be able to see an icon or file named rarreg.key (or maybe just rareg) that you just extracted to the Desktop.

  • On the left panel move it's slider bar down until you can see the WinRAR folder.

  • Now click and select that rarreg.key file from the right hand (Desktop) folder and move it across to the WinRAR folder. If a security window opens asking for permission, click Continue twice and it is done.

  • (Note: If you mistakenly double click RARREG.KEY it will give you an error message as it tries to copy it to the Windows Registry - just cancel the message and right click on it).

  • Congratulations! Your copy of WinRAR on that computer is now registered, as your RARREG.KEY file is in your /Program Files/WinRAR folder.

  • To check your registration is OK, open WinRAR (Start, All Programs, WinRAR) and click on the Help button (near the top of the WinRAR window), select About WinRAR ... and your AV code should appear under "Registered to". * Sorry about these extra steps, but Windows 7 and Vista security will not allow us to extract files directly into the Program Files folder! 

To manually extract and install your WinRAR keyfile for Windows XP (and earlier):

  • First you double click on the RARREG.RAR attachment to this email, WinRAR will start up and you will see that RARREG.RAR contains your RARREG.KEY file.

  • Right click on RARREG.KEY and from the WinRAR menu select: Extract to the Specified Folder. 

  • In the right hand panel double click on C: then on the + to the left of Program Files and move the slider bar down until you can see the WinRAR folder.

  • Double click on your WinRAR folder and RARREG.KEY will then be extracted and copied to your WinRAR directory. 

  • Finally close the WinRAR window.

  • Congratulations! Your copy of WinRAR on that computer is now registered, as your RARREG.KEY file is in your /Program Files/WinRAR folder.

  • To check your registration is OK, open WinRAR (Start, All Programs, WinRAR) and click on the Help button (near the top of the WinRAR window), select About WinRAR ... and your AV code should appear under "Registered to". 

Installing and using RAR on a Mac:

  • The RAR Compression / Archive File Utility for Mac OS X is a command line interface only, it does not have a graphical interface (GUI).  

  • To install RAR, you need to download the latest version of RAR OS X from here then transfer the "rar" and “unrar” files to your /bin folder. 

  • You can then type "RAR " from any directory.

  • For example, in order to compress/archive files or folders, use "RAR"..., to extract them, use "UnRAR" ...

  • So you would use this syntax:
    Mac path to extract RAR keyfile

             ·    For full details on using the RAR command line syntax see the file rar.txt which is included in the RAR OS X download.

To extract your RAR keyfile for Mac OS X:

  • Copy your key file into your /bin folder.

  • To check your registration is OK, start RAR with no commands, your AV code should appear immediately below the RAR version and copyright notice.

To extract your RAR keyfile for other operating systems:

  • Copy your key file into your home folder, for examplr /root/ or /home/user, or to your RAR folder.

  • To check your registration is OK, start RAR with no commands, your AV code should appear immediately below the RAR version and copyright notice.


Should you ever need to re-register but lost the AV code supplied to you, by www.winrar.co.nz:

Should you ever lose your RAR or WinRAR AV registration code that has been purchased by you from this website it can be resent to you when you go to here to email us your full details via the form at the bottom of the page. After confirming you are in our registered WinRAR license database we will email your WinRAR license key as detailed above.  Note! If you did not purchase your registration key from www.winrar.co.nz then you will need to request assistance from your supplier as we do not have access to any personal data from other WiNRAR sales sites!

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