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shandril 761 902 December 16, 2013 at 09:05 PM in Finance (5) More Dropbox.com Deals
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Last Edited by shandril January 19, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Since the other thread was for a low-price promo rather than free, I decided to post the free offer CD for H&R Block Deluxe +State 2013 separately. I just received it today but I don't know how many redemptions they will allow so grab it while you can.

H&RBlock 2013 ISO [sdrv.ms] (skydrive)

MD5 Sum: 0fef5045d1c47216d4f99071f1866c3d (for ISO), 7918fe8c65192812bc706a673500bfb5 (for application.xml)


It comes with 1 free State + 1 free State eFile.

It also comes with 5 free Federal eFile.

There's an offer for $20-25 for upgrade to premium for those who needs self-employment forms or schedule C too but that is not as hot.

I was able to install it on one computer and got an activation code. File to run is TCAuto.exe, not setup.exe. If you try to run the H&R Block Deluxe+state 2013.exe file directly, it may say that offer has expired and offer you the $15 deal. Same thing when I tried to copy the content of the CD to a folder and tried to run it from there.

To install onto another PC using the same activation code, I ran as admin the file: HRBlock_Deluxe+Efile+State_2013_CD.exe /vRun=/DTS (same extensions as last year and it bypassed all the promo and directly installed the copy). After installtion, within the program, I just activated with the same activation code.

Here are the application.xml and SplashContent.swf files in a zip.

Feel free to share with friends and family. The mailer (see back pic below) and splash screen at the end of installation encourages you to.
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Last Edited by lion5 January 3, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Get the ZIP file from first post (I used skydrive). Unzip, delete the XML file.

Get the Application.txt file from here. Rename to application.xml

Disconnect network.

Mount the iso (I used Daemon tools lite). Double click on mounted image if it (tcauto.exe) did not autoran.

Add free version to cart, click no thanks on upgrade.

Reconnect network, fill in your information and register, print the codes given for future reference. Install as normal.

ALTERNATE method: (also in Post # 70)
You do not need to remove/edit any files using this method.
1. Here is the zip file that you need to download
Download [share-byte.net]
2. Extract using 7z.
3. Disconnect from Internet completely.
4. Run TCAUTO.exe (On win7, run as administrator)
5. After the splash screen, the FREE offer (Deluxe) will come up.
6. Re-connect to internet at this time.
7. Now you will be able to Register and get an activation code. (they will try to upsell premium one, you may wish to ignore that).
8. Enjoy !!

Hopefully this helps someone: (also in post # 75)
1. Download the ISO
2. Download 7-Zip
3. Extract ISO to a folder on your desktop. Name the folder Block13 (just an example)
4. Unhide files and folder if needed.
5. Go to Block13 folder and open Folder XML
6. Rename "application.xml" to "application_old.xml"
7. Paste the attached file "application.zip" in the folder XML and unzip the file in the XML folder http://slickdeals.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=2442490&d=1387284214
7i. xml file goes to xml folder and swf file goes to assets folder.
8. Disconnect Internet
9. Now run tcauto.exe
10. Close the demo video, select the free option, fill in your details
11. Before you click "Register", connect to Internet and check by opening a webpage
12. Click register and Done!
13. If you want more than one key, run "regedit", go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\GoDirect and delete "GoDirect"
14. restart at step 8

If Step 9 fails to load (blank), replace SplashContent.swf in assets folder with attached file.
Same steps as last years

For the technically challenged
, here is a self-extracting executable [mega.co.nz]. The .xml file has already been replaced. Disconnect from the Internet before running. The files will be automatically extracted to your temp folder, and the tcauto.exe file will automatically run. Reconnect to the Internet just before submitting your info. (Post #103)

Solution for multiple installs on the same computer.


If you were sent your own disk (regardless of offer) by H&R block:
Insert CD
Copy contents to your C drive in a folder titled "HRBlock13"
Download the application.xml file from OP
Swap out the application.xml file from your files with the one downloaded form the OP
Disconnect from internet and run TCAUTO file.
Done

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#646
It did work, thank you so much!!!
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#647
Just mentioning that I did this today and it worked like a champ. Kept getting the white box but tried different versions of the .swf file until one worked. Thanks so much OP, 2 years in a row without paying to do my taxes now.
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#648
Used the automated one and it worked great! Thanks so much.
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#649
Is anyone having an issue installing the software on a different computer using their unlock code on another PC?

The different activation codes I created all have the same unlock code and I am getting an error when trying to install it on a second machine. It says the unlock code or credit card is incorrect. I am typing 0000 for last 4 of CC.
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Quote from HoMeZ View Post :
Is anyone having an issue installing the software on a different computer using their unlock code on another PC?

The different activation codes I created all have the same unlock code and I am getting an error when trying to install it on a second machine. It says the unlock code or credit card is incorrect. I am typing 0000 for last 4 of CC.
probably because the offer is technically expired. this works:

Quote from shandril View Post :
To install onto another PC using the same activation code, I ran as admin the file: HRBlock_Deluxe+Efile+State_2013_CD.exe /vRun=/DTS (same extensions as last year and it bypassed all the promo and directly installed the copy). After installtion, within the program, I just activated with the same activation code.
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Quote from kkiran View Post :
This worked great!
I moved from NJ to CA last year. California downloaded just fine but it is asking $39.95 for NJ. I understand each individual state after the first one is not free but is it as high as $39.95 or can I just paper file it?
I am in the same boat, interested to hear if there are any options that people have to offer.
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Is anybody else having trouble getting the software to update? My last successful update was Feb 8. Every time I open the software, it tells me a Federal update is available. The update runs, but doesn't actually get installed. I tried downloading the executable update from their web site, as well, and it doesn't complete, either. Is it just me?
I'm having this same problem, only I can't even get the January update. The weirdest thing is that the status bar actually runs backwards after getting about 2/3rds the way through. Were you able to find a solution?

Edit: Reinstalled the software and then had to attempt the upgrade twice before it would stick.
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#653
I installed this on my new machine using the command in the OP (HRBlock_Deluxe+Efile+State_2013_CD.exe /vRun=/DTS) and used the activation code I received back in December. However, it says the State eFile is $19.95 (although the email with activation code says 1 state efile is included)? Anyone else having the same issue?

Edit: Nevermind, I re-registered again, got a new code and it worked.
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#654
Just being paranoid... but if you get audited is there any chance H&R Block won't cover you under their protection if you go this route?
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Quote from andythepandy View Post :
I installed this on my new machine using the command in the OP (HRBlock_Deluxe+Efile+State_2013_CD.exe /vRun=/DTS) and used the activation code I received back in December. However, it says the State eFile is $19.95 (although the email with activation code says 1 state efile is included)? Anyone else having the same issue?

Edit: Nevermind, I re-registered again, got a new code and it worked.
How did you re-register? I've already installed it on my computer, and I see the same problem.
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How did you re-register? I've already installed it on my computer, and I see the same problem.
I just followed the instructions in the wiki. First uninstall the current installation by following the instructions here: http://www.hrblock.com/customer_s...tware.html . Make sure you delete the folder in App Data/Roaming. Otherwise the program would use the old activation key.
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#657
Got everything to work, but it is prompting me to pay $39.95 for the state. Any ideas how to get around this? I tried moving my clock back.
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#658
Didn't work on my win7 x64, but works on my old XP laptop...just had a white screen that got stuck and nothing happened
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#659
Installed for me easy. Thanks.
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#660
Bumping as this still works on 3/31/14.
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