04-15-2012 06:17 AM
At the moment, I have a free trial version of Norton Internet Security 2012 that is about to expire. I have noticed that upgrading NIS through the website is more expensive than buying a new version in a store (Belgium). A lot of stores sell the "attach version" - that normally can only be bought together with a new computer - seperately.
If I buy that attach version, will it be possible to install it when there is already a trial version on my computer? Or will it be blocked? If so, could I install it if I erase the trial version first?
It is easier to upgrade through the website, but I think the difference in price makes it worth considering the attach version...
Thank you in advance!
04-15-2012 09:58 AM
When you purchase a Norton Product you'll get a 25 characters product key for N.Internet Security/N.Antivirus/N.360. So if you're purchasing the N.Internet Security from the store then you can use that Product Key to activate the Trial N.Internet Security, which will save your time from uninstalling and Reinstalling the same.
If in case you're getting a N.360/N.Antivirus from the store then you can install start the installation from the CD and that'll remove the trial N.Internet Security and installs the Norton from the CD, you can use the product Key to activate it.
You can also follow thee links below to download the Norton products from the Insternet and use the Product Key that you're getting from the store.
N.Internet Security = www.norton.com/nis12
N.360 Standard = www.norton.com/n360s_6
N.360 premier = www.norton.com/n360p_6
N.Antivirus = www.norton.com/nav12
04-15-2012 10:04 AM
Thank you for your quick answer, SUBASH_PRABU!
So the fact that the version I'm buying is the "attach dvd version" (normally only sold with new computers) will not cause any problems?
04-15-2012 12:27 PM - edited 04-15-2012 12:30 PM
I think you are talking about an OEM version of Norton. The license for OEM software is tied to the hardware for which it is intended. It is considered piracy to sell OEM software separately from the hardware. The license, if used on a machine for which it is not authorized, will be invalid and your product will, at some point, most likely not work - and you will be out whatever money you paid.
04-16-2012 11:21 AM
Oh, I didn't know that an "attach version" is the same as an OEM version. It's confusing because a lot of big, known stores in Holland and Belgium sell this version seperately (without a computer or hardware). That makes it look like it's allowed, while it's not...
In the meantime, I have renewed my NIS through the Norton website, also for a decent price, and in a "legal" way!
Thanks a lot for your help!
04-16-2012 11:32 AM
Can you give us more in formation about the attached version...I had replied to you keeping in mind that some stores offer Norton Products for a Discounted price along with a computer purchase.
And the OEM's Send of Jive had mentioned will only provide you subscription days of 60 or 120 or 180 which are preinstalled in the New Computers and those are offered by the Manufacturers not by the shops.
04-16-2012 12:00 PM - edited 04-16-2012 12:01 PM
Generally, if there are any restrictions mentioned in the software description, it is OEM software, which can legally be sold only in conjunction with the hardware for which it is intended - and yes, there seem to be a lot of legitimate sites (especially in Europe) selling this stuff. I was looking at sites the other day in regards to another thread concerning Norton for HP. The software was featured on many sites, and it was prominently stated on all that it was specifically for HP computers, but only one site said that you had to buy the computer, too. Over the last year or so, there have been a number of threads on the forum started by users who had been running Norton for several months, without issue, when suddenly the product stops working and they are informed that the license is invalid. So indeed, you are much better off buying a regular retail copy of the product rather than one that is licensed only for specific manufacturers, configurations or situations.