I went digging through the way back machine because I was sure it used to say lifetime updates for free -- quite interesting.
If you look at rarlabs.com, you can see that back in Nov 2009
Better compression, easier use, lower price. All extras included, upgrades free.
which was changed in Dec 2009
Better compression, easier use, lower price. All extras included.
and from the list of rar benefits from Jun 2009
- You also receive the benefit of a life-time use of the WinRAR archiver. No upgrade fee to pay. When a new release is made, simply download and install, your license is valid for life.
this line is gone in Jan 2010
On win-rar.com (the official distributor for rar software) we have in Feb 2009
* WinRAR gives you all future UPDATES for FREE! Not like the competition that will make you pay again every one or two years.
But in Mar 2009
that line is gone.
If we look at the knowledge base articles on win-rar.com, we can see that the one about updates from Nov 2006
Q: Do I need to pay again to use an upgrade?
A: You can UPGRADE for FREE!
It has always been our policy not to charge
our customers purchased RAR once, you will be able
to enjoy all further versions completely free.
was removed. The same is the case with the knowledge base article about their license model
If you are not a registered user, please register to encourage the author to further develop and improve RAR, making possible new RAR releases!
You gain the right to use all future RAR releases in the registered mode.
So what does all this mean?
I have no idea, but it could be an indication that all the annoying links to dubious looking "pc performance optimizers" they put on their pages are not generating enough income, so they are silently trying to remove the free updates
At any rate, like Josh said at least the 4.0 version works fine with my old key.
@f0dder, it's on the purchase page, click the buy now button on win-rar.com