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H&R Block At Home Deluxe+State eFile FREE *it's back*, Premium+State Program $19.95

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Last Edited by estoyloco February 9, 2013 at 05:35 AM
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This post includes an ISO made from H&R Block CD in mail program, it is not pirated or illegal.
In fact both the disc cover and installation states "pass it along to a friend" or "Pass the savings on to friends and family!"
You also do not get any keys with this ISO. What this does it allows you to install and purchase H&R Block At Home at a promotion price.

You do get a personalized KEY in your email from H&R after you purchase.

TO ALL:

The original promotion Deluxe for $4.95, Deluxe+State Program for $9.95, Premium for $19.95 is reported to be still working.
$.95 Deluxe+State is reported to be still working.
FREE Deluxe+State efile is reported to be still working
See post 563 for instructions
Note: You may have to disable your LAN during some of the processes, if you keep getting offer expired message. Just reconnect before you click the "Register/Purchase" button.


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As originally posted - To get Premium+State Program for $19.95, Deluxe+State Program for $9.95, Deluxe for $4.95
Download the ISO at: http://sdrv.ms/Txu9nT
Unzip it to a folder, mount it, or burn it to a CD
Once you get to the product select screen and where you fill out your order details (name, address, payment, etc.)
Press the X to close out the application.
It will prompt you for a $5 off offer if you accept to buy

To get Deluxe or Deluxe+State Program for $.95
Download the ISO at: http://sdrv.ms/Txu9nT
Unzip it to a folder
Follow steps in post 74

To get Deluxe+State eFile for FREE
Download the ISO at: http://sdrv.ms/Txu9nT
Unzip it to a folder
Follow steps in post 391
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Last Edited by disk March 7, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Quote from copierguy View Post :
These people are the ones who made me hesitant to post the original $0.95 instructions. Any deal they can kill, they will kill. Lets say you absolutely did not trust the ISO originally posted, why not just hang out and wait with your code until the deal dies and THEN CALL and ask for a copy of the application. No, call immediately and see how quickly you can kill the deal for others. Of course, while on hold killing the deal, post a question that has been posted 10 times before and you could get an answer to by searching the thread.

The one thing that the callers may have confirmed for us is that registration is being held up somewhere. Yes, you can do the free deal but the code never gets emailed to you and apparently their support folks don't have record of it which makes me think they have put a little hold on fully completing the registration. Not to create a scare but they may have put the brakes on registration so that they can review everything. I would say until you get that email and the "purchase" shows up in their system you can not be assured you have a working key come time to file your taxes.

Nope. $0.95 option is still working. (20:18, 1/4/2013). EXPRIED as of 0600 05JAN13

Deal for the free version is back on again, see post #563. (20:55 EST, 1/4/2013)
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I hate to do this since I know someone will have to kill it but here goes. Its on again...

The free one still works with a little trick. Change the XML file as detailed (post #391) and then before you actually run TCAUTO.EXE disable your network controller or just remove the cable which gives you internet access. Open a web browser and make sure the connection is gone. Now, run TCAUTO.EXE. When the video comes up about the free app, click on the link for the free one and then enter your details. Before you click the Register link, reconnect to the internet and confirm you are connected by opening a web browser. The H&R Block software will offer to upsell you the higher version, skip that and then continue on to get a confirmation of your free "purchase". Just did this at about 8:40PM EST. Got the email a few minutes after confirming the "purchase".
from Wichard20 in post #627...
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hey all....do at your own risk but anyone who has ran the software before and can not get the register screen (the install screen comes up instead) to come up to sign up for a free key again....

open up your registry and delete HKCU\Software\GoDirect

Only delete the GoDirect key. Once deleted I got the register screen again. I pulled up process explorer and went through and found all the files/registry keys the tcauto.exe would access. Took some searching but this one was the ticket. You still need to prevent internet access for the screen to come up. Once you signup, you can signup again if you need another key once you delete that registry key.


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How to get it free ... detailed instructions
Got HR Deluxe (State+Fed) for FREE. Confirmed working.

Hopefully this helps someone:
1. Download the ISO (Thanks OP, http://sdrv.ms/Txu9nT)
2. Download 7-Zip (thanks to estoyloco)
3. Extract ISO to a folder on your desktop. Name the folder Block (just an example) (thanks to copierguy)
4. Unhide files and folder if needed. (thanks to copierguy)
7. Go to Block folder and open Folder XML
8. Rename "application.xml" to "application_old.xml"
9. Paste the attached file "application.zip" in the folder XML and unzip the file in the XML folder(Thanks to pacohaas in Post 391, http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=56606602&postcount=391)
10. Disconnect Internet (Thanks to copierguy in Post 563)
11. Now run tcauto.exe (Right-Click 'Run as administrator' if Win7)
12. Close the demo video, select the free option, fill in your details (thanks to copierguy)
13. Before you click "Register", connect to Internet and check by opening a webpage (thanks to copierguy)
14. Click register, ignore upsell, and Done! (thanks to copierguy)
15. If you want more than one key, run "regedit", go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\GoDirect and delete "GoDirect" (http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=56634910&postcount=627)
16. Restart from step 10.

I think it might be time to call this one. Confirmation emails are not coming out and the "purchases" are not showing up in support systems on the H&R side. Obviously I cannot confirm time of death here but all signs are pointing in that direction. My last attempt to confirm the free deal worked and got me a code but no email from 21:00EST 1/5/2013.

Emails just started rolling in for orders from ~24/25 hours ago. This may well still be on.

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To Install HR Block on a second computer:

Quote from edog11 View Post :
You can run tcauto then click on help center(upper right of screen). This will give an option to install on 2nd PC. Click on that and enter activation ID and last 4 digits of credit card used to purchase(if it was free enter 0000).
However if you do not have your activation ID you will not be able to do this. I did not get an activation ID in my e-mail and was unable to look it up using last four digits of credit card as 0000. Also, H&R Block won't let you run their installer directly, instead saying "Please use TCAuto.exe to install H&R Block tax software." To bypass this go to the installers directory on the CD and run the following command as administrator:
Code:
HRBlock_Deluxe+Efile+State_2012_CD.exe /vRun=/DTS
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#1081
Does anyone know if it's possible to get 2 states for free?
HR is supposed to give NY for free so if we select another state first, can we somehow still get NY?
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Quote from HoMeZ View Post :
Does anyone know if it's possible to get 2 states for free?
HR is supposed to give NY for free so if we select another state first, can we somehow still get NY?
get a new license key and install?

just save your tax file created and import it into the new one.
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get a new license key and install?

just save your tax file created and import it into the new one.
Interesting idea.. I'll try it out
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Quote from HoMeZ View Post :
Interesting idea.. I'll try it out
there is a registry key you need to delete. It is posted somewhere here in this thread and then follow #593.
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#1085
Quote from fidget13a View Post :
Some of us got the one that said in the email

H&R Block At Home Deluxe + state + federal and state e-file: FREE

says fed AND state efile free...others did not get the free for state. that is why I am confused. People were saying that this would give us a free state efile too. It may be because I already downloaded a different version on this computer. Maybe I have to d the tax return on the computer I downloaded the "free" version.

Thanks
I have this same issue. I installed from the installer on my CD. Which installer are people getting the efile to go through free for state from?
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#1086
do you put your prior years refund as income? H&R Blocks adds it automatically when you import the priors year data. But I just read if you didn't itemize then you dont have to include it which would increase the amount of my refund.
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#1087
they finally got ohio ready for efile so i efiled last night. my key was entered automatically for both federal and state FREE!!!
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Quote from bigboar View Post :
they finally got ohio ready for efile so i efiled last night. my key was entered automatically for both federal and state FREE!!!
Which installer did you use to install the program?
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Which installer did you use to install the program?
Never mind, I got this figured out. It turned out I had used the installer from the chat session after buying the $0.95 version, and somewhere that version did not have the option for free efile. So i had to redo the free hack and install straight from the cd, and now it worked.
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#1090
Just eFiled today, key was automatically filled in, both federal and state successfully sent, FREE! Great deal!
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#1091
Thanks SD, in particular the OP and pacohaas to making this happen. Free return!
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#1092
Anybody ran into an issue where they haven't installed the tax program yet? Trying to run HRBlock_Deluxe+Efile+State_2012_CD.exe by itself will complain saying that TCauto.exe need to be run. If one runs TCauto.exe now, it says the promotion has expired without allowing the software to install. Any known solutions?
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Anybody ran into an issue where they haven't installed the tax program yet? Trying to run HRBlock_Deluxe+Efile+State_2012_CD.exe by itself will complain saying that TCauto.exe need to be run. If one runs TCauto.exe now, it says the promotion has expired without allowing the software to install. Any known solutions?

I would make sure that your internet connection is disabled and if it still does not work, temporarily change the date on your computer back to around Jan 2, 2013 and try it
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Quote from hqh51 View Post :
Anybody ran into an issue where they haven't installed the tax program yet? Trying to run HRBlock_Deluxe+Efile+State_2012_CD.exe by itself will complain saying that TCauto.exe need to be run. If one runs TCauto.exe now, it says the promotion has expired without allowing the software to install. Any known solutions?
I have the same issue. The darn software just doesn't install. Surprisingly I was able to buy the Federal Deluxe + State + eFile for $15, but the software just doesn't install. Disabled internet and changed the date to Jan and still no go. Any other ideas?
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#1095
Hi,
I followed the instruction in post #2, but I am stuck in the step #11 below.
11. Now run tcauto.exe (Right-Click 'Run as administrator' if Win7)
It made only an empty rectangular box and does not do anything.
Does anybody know how it can be fixed?
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