Computer software publishers use product key codes to protect games and other software from illegal copying. When you install a game on your computer, you will not be able to play it unless the software detects a valid product key code. The only legal way to get a product key code for a game is by purchasing the game. It is in your own best interest to purchase games rather than using illegally obtained product keys. By purchasing a legal copy of each game you want to play, you can get documentation, support and updates from the software developer.
Buy a legal copy of the game. You can buy games legally online and in local stores.
Look for the product code. The product code is located somewhere in the packaging; each software publisher puts the code in a different location. To find it, try looking at the DVD itself, on the jewel case, on the back of the game manual or on the inside cover or first page of the manual.
Put the product code in a safe place. If you need to reinstall the game, you will need to enter the product code again. Some publishers may have a way for you to recover lost codes, but many don’t and you will be stuck having to buy another copy of the game if you want to continue playing it.
Tips & Warnings
- Many downloadable games offer a free trial. Use these offers to try a game before buying it. Then you don’t have to worry about using illegal software or spending money on a game you may not enjoy.
- Product key codes that you download from the Internet are not legal codes.
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