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 for crippleware
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  crippleware
   n.
  
      1. [common] Software that has some important functionality deliberately
      removed, so as to entice potential users to pay for a working version.
  
      2. [Cambridge] Variety of guiltware that exhorts you to donate to some
      charity (compare careware, nagware).
  
      3. Hardware deliberately crippled, which can be upgraded to a more
      expensive model by a trivial change (e.g., cutting a jumper).
  
      An excellent example of crippleware (sense 3) is Intel's 486SX chip, which
      is a standard 486DX chip with the co-processor diked out (in some early
      versions it was present but disabled). To upgrade, you buy a complete 486DX
      chip with working co-processor (its identity thinly veiled by a different
      pinout) and plug it into the board's expansion socket. It then disables the
      SX, which becomes a fancy power sink. Don't you love Intel?
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  crippleware
  
     1. Software that has some important functionality deliberately
     removed, so as to entice potential users to pay for a working
     version.
  
     2. (Cambridge) Guiltware that exhorts you to donate to some
     charity.
  
     Compare careware, nagware.
  
     3. Hardware deliberately crippled, which can be upgraded to a
     more expensive model by a trivial change (e.g. removing a
     jumper).  A correspondant gave the following example:
  
     In 1982-5, a friend had a Sharp scientific calculator
     which was on the list of those permitted in exams.  No
     programmable calculators were allowed.
  
     A very similar, more expensive, programmable model had two
     extra keys for programming where the cheaper version just had
     blank metal.
  
     My friend took his calculator apart (as you would) and lo and
     behold, the rubber switches of the program keys were there on
     the circuit board.  So all he had to do was cut a hole in the
     face.  For exams he would pre-load the calculator with any
     useful routines, put a sticker with his name on it over the
     hole, and press the buttons through the sticker with a pen.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2001-05-12)
  

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