Difference between Freeware, Free Software, Open Source, Shareware, Trialware, etc

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. jayesstee

    How about “Beware”-ware? Programs that don’t hurt like Malware, but nevertheless screw up the system

  2. LOL, nice one! Then there was a suggestion for ‘Foolware’ too here https://www.thewindowsclub.com/trust-norton-pc-checkup-tool#comment-388776781 😀

  3. John Alldis

    No such thing as a “free-lunch”

  4. John Alldis

    All they want is YOUR $s

  5. Jsg

    Abadonware – Author has stopped developing the software (abandoned it). This is *any* of the above from pay to free. No support, updates etc offered. Purchases no longer have any bearing and, in may cases, registration codes are openly available on the internet. The legality of using a registration code available on the internet for abandonware is questionable, but generally requires the author to become active to do anything about it.

  6. Thanks I missed that one. Will update post. 🙂

  7. Sarjan WebDev

    … and I like the idea of ‘SupportWare’ if you call it, the software is free, where functionality is self explanatory most times, but if you are stuck and or you want extension/added functionality, they charge you for support. Also, this is a win-win situation as you become their guinea-pig and they get enough money until they release a proper paid software!

  8. wanyoninderi

    Unfotunatly! but i know you live with your mother who cooks nyama choma 😉 Go look it up. i have to ride my elephant to the office now.

  9. haha

    “Anyware” – a software that you can find anywhere.

    “Tupperware” – a software that you can use to food and can be microwavable.

    “Recommendware” – a software that you can recommend to anyone.

    “Hardware” – technically, its hard.

    “Software” – technically, its soft.

    “Peopleware” – guess who?!


    i like cheese



  12. Nummy tidepod

    My pet dinosaur was eaten by a centiped


    how big was the centipede zach.


    pet was eaten by miny centipede

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