A full version is a computer program that is fully available. However, this does not mean that the user has the right to use or distribute the program as desired.
In contrast to the full version, there is a restricted version of a program. This can be a demo or a shareware product that can usually only be activated for the full version after payment has been made with the help of a key. An OEM version in which the program is acquired in conjunction with hardware must also be distinguished . It can correspond to a full version or it can be provided with a usage restriction. For example, a firing program can only be used for the type of torch that has been purchased .
If a computer program has not yet been completed but can already be used, this is referred to as early access .
A full version is not dependent on a purchase price. Even freeware can be a full version. However, this does not mean that the user has the right to use or distribute the program as desired. He only has this with so-called public domain software . Sales versions ("commercial goods") that are sold in stores or online are usually full versions, but demo versions are also occasionally sold. The purchase price is therefore not a guide to a full version.