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Can I register a retail boxed copy of a game with Steam?

Long story short, I purchased Uplink through Introversion's website, and not through Steam. Turns out that was a mistake, as I paid 3x the cost going through the developer's website, but I digress.

Uplink is available on Steam, but I don't want to have to purchase it again. I know that I can add a non-Steam game to my library. So, my question is this:

Is there any way to get the Steam version without having to buy the game again?

I ask, because I'm worried that if I switch computers, I'll lose the copy that I already I've already purchased outside of Steam.

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marked as duplicate by FAE, Zommuter, Fluttershy, Doozer Blake, a cat Dec 31 '11 at 17:36

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You could always ask the developer for a Steam Key if you can prove you purchased through them. They may be feeling nice. – Doozer Blake Dec 31 '11 at 16:36
@FallenAngelEyes I didn't realize there was another question. Sorry! I voted to close. – Fluttershy Dec 31 '11 at 16:56
@Tristan No problem! We have many Steam questions and the search can be kind of dodgy. – FAE Dec 31 '11 at 17:51

Some games will give you steam activation codes that can be used to get the steam version through steam. Here is a list of games that support this. Uplink does not seem to be in the list, so it appears you likely can't activate your copy with steam.

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