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How to Correctly Install a New License Key
I use NIS 2012 on Windows 7. My license for NIS 2012 will expire in a few days. I have purchased a new license key for NIS, not a renewal, and I am asking what is the correct way to enter my license key.
Apparently, Symantec does not want existing users to purchase new license keys - it only wants us to renew. To this end, if I go to my Norton Account the only option offered is to renew. If I go to the NIS program interface, the only option offered is to renew.
It seems that if I want to enter a new license key, I have two choices:
- Wait until my current subscription expires and then enter the new license key as a 'renewal' - this method exposes my computer to security threats between the time my current license expires and the time I enter the new license key.
- Uninstall my existing copy of NIS, then download a new copy and enter my new license key - this method likewise exposes my computer to security threats between the time my current license expires and the time I uninstall/reinstall with the new license key. Or I can uninstall/reinstall with the new key prior to the expiration of my existing subscription, thereby losing the last few days of my subscription.
In my experience with many other software applications, entering a new license key prior to the end of an existing subscription is effortless. Unless I am mistaken, this is not so with Symantec. Do I have any other options for entering my new license key other than the two described above?