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Toad Freeware Expired

The current freeware seems to be expired when I download and install it. Anyone know what’s happening?

Thanks,
Glenn

I used to have a similar problem with a software called TOYS by Impact Systems - it had an expiry date built into the software, and for a long time there was no update on the site and the manufacturer didnt respond to mails.
I found two options - one to set the clock back on my computer just before I ran the program… The other (when I got tired of messing with the clock all the time) was an app that would start TOYS and intercept the calls to the clock that TOYS made, and return a time in the past… I think it was called RunAsDate, but don’t quote me… It might also be a violation of the user agreement to use it, so read your eula carefully!

The freeware version does have an expiration date, but it is normally at the start of a month, not in the middle.
I was using this version of Toad freeware last week and it was fine.
But today it says it is expired.
I just downloaded from the toadsoft.com website, and it is also expired.

ToadforOracle106SetupFreeware.msi

Someone at Quest will have to correct the expiration date before it will work again.

I do not know how to contact Quest directly.

Steve

I do not know how to contact Quest directly.

You just did J

When will the update be available?

Now

I’ve checked the file and it’s still telling me TOAD is expired. Is it available in the normal location? Thanks,

Yes, normal location:

http://toadworld.com/Freeware/ToadforOracleFreeware/tabid/558/Default.aspx

Make sure you aren't cached. The filename is ToadFreeware.exe. Once you've
cleared your cache and verified the download location and still have problems,
give it an hour or so, we may be re-experiencing server caching issues again
with our server provider. But it's working for me.

I experienced the same problem as the the other gentlemen. I cleared internet files downloaded the installer and got the software expired message. I just did this a few minutes ago around 3:30PM EST. and I was still gettting this error.

Thanks!

Dennis

Hi Dennis-

I downloaded the installer and got the software expired message

My message stated to download the updated exe, not the installer. The picture I
showed pointed to the button to use, which says “Download Update.” Did you
download the installer or download the update exe?

ummm, don’t call your software ‘freeware’ when it’s not?

deinstalling, reinstalling, rebooting, downloading all three files available … nothing works, it keeps on saying ‘expired’…

the only way it will work is setting back the date, so don’t say ‘it’s fixed’.

Hello, I tried to install the “Update” as you said and the installation interrupted with the message: “Toad has encountered an unexpected error. Details: Toad cannot access necessary installation files.”

I’ve tired the same as the other user in this thread. Can you help me fixing this problem?

I am having the same problem as the other contributors to the thread.

Running the toadfreeware.exe download doesn’t change any files in the C:\Program Files\Quest Software\Toad for Oracle 10.6 Freeware folder where I originally installed Toad. Is it supposed to?

Jerry

Jerry,

Running the toadfreeware.exe download doesn’t change any files in the
C:\Program Files\Quest Software\Toad for Oracle 10.6 Freeware folder
where I originally installed Toad. Is it supposed to?
Nope. Save the file as Toad.exe in the freeware location and it works
with your current shortcut(s).

I’ve just downloaded this myself to test it, it’s fine. I suspect the
other users having troubles have not (yet) cleared their browser caches.


Cheers,
Norm. [TeamT]

Morning all,

What’s with everyone today, all so whingy and uppity!

ummm, don’t call your software ‘freeware’ when it’s not?
It’s freeware - did you pay for it? If so, you shouldn’t have.

deinstalling, reinstalling, rebooting, downloading all three files
available … nothing works, it keeps on saying ‘expired’…
Try clearing your browser cache before getting uppity! :slight_smile:

the only way it will work is setting back the date, so don’t say ‘it’s
fixed’.

But it is fixed. I downloaded it about 10 minutes ago - I’ve had
FrreToad installed for quite some time, but unused. True enough, it had
indeed expired. I clicked the Download Update button, and saved the file
(toadfreeware.exe) as toad.exe in my freeware installation folder, and
when I open it up, it works and has not expired.

Bear in mind that your browser may cache things for a fairly long period
of time. Also bear I mind that clearing your browser cache, especially
with IE, may not actually do what it says it has done.

Don’t start mouthing off as if the world owes you a favour. You get
something for nothing, but if you rely on it to do your job, then
quite honestly, more fool you! Things happen, servers fail, browsers
keep cached files for far too long, public holidays, illness etc etc -
any of these can get in the way of your download and when it does, your
reliance is affected.

Basically, you have been given a gift by the Toad guys & Quest, don’t
start complaining so “enthusiastically” when there are problems. As they
say sh*t happens.

And don’t rely 100% on a free tool to do your job. If you need Toad
then consider buying a copy with support.

Nuff said. Clear your cache, try the download again, and report back.
Trust me, Toadfree works fine - the problem is at your end I’m almost
100% certain.


Cheers,
Norm. [TeamT]

One other thing:

deinstalling, reinstalling, rebooting, downloading all three files
available … nothing works, it keeps on saying ‘expired’…
Assuming you downloaded the update, then you are aware perhaps that all
your shortcuts are most likely pointing to a file named toad.exe while
the updat download is a file called toadfreeware.exe.

I’m thinking that maybe you downloaded it into the correct location and
then used an existing shortcut to toad.exe which has indeed expired.

Check if you have, and if so, rename/delete toad.exe and then rename
toadfreeware.exe to toad.exe and all should be well.


Cheers,
Norm. [TeamT]

It isn’t my software, Quest owns it. They aren’t charging for it, they only
require people to download it every several months. After this next release that
will be decreased to once a year.

I assume you renamed “ToadFreeware.exe” to “Toad.exe.” Many people have tested
it and it’s fine for them, so I’m not sure what’s going on.

The attitude baffles me.

That works, Thanks a lot for helping!

Hi Mark,

Just confirning that the problem is fixed for me now. Thanks for the help in getting it sorted.

For those who still haven’t got it working, use the “Download Update” button as Mark said earlier, and save the “ToadFreeware.exe” in your “Toad for Oracle 10.6 Freeware” folder. Then rename it to “Toad.exe” as Mark said.

And thanks to those who make the effort to keep the freeware available. :slight_smile:

Seeya,
Glenn

Thanks for letting us know Glenn.

During the next major Freeware update for Toad 11 in September, the expiration
period will essentially go away. By that I mean the product will last until the
next major Toad release. We update the Freeware with each major release, and
require a new download at that time. This is for users’ sake, not ours, since
Oracle is constantly updating and changing, we don’t want people using an old
Toad against a new Oracle database, that would be bad.