I came across this on a site, what does OEM mean?Thanks.
OEM refers to Original Equipment Manufacturer. The products that we ship through this channel are preinstalled in your computer and will have stipulated days of subscription depending upon how you buy the computer. The link provides the list of OEM partners that Symantec has.
If you would have brought your computer from any one of these manufacturers, then you will be having 30/60/90 days of complimentary subscription for you to check out the product. If you want to purchase subscription if you are satisfied we also provide an option to purchase the subscription by a click of the link in the UI.
After you purchase the subscription, your subscription will be autmatically updated and your product should workfine until the subscription expires.
Does that answer your question?
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Actually on this site
It comes across to me that it is like a normal NIS2009 CD except with OEM on it.
I was looking for A 1pc user NIS2009 CD, shopping for what is cheaper of course.But I came across this and wanted to know what it was.My subscription runs out in 40 days give or take a day or so. You would not believe how hard it is to find one in store as in walk in and buy it!!!.I don't really want to use the download at the Norton site etc mainly for the Auto renewal problem.And I would like to have the CD if possible.Thanks for the information.
Just an after thought If someone was to buy this would they have been ripped off as in it should not be sold as a stand alone disc??
I completely understand your situation. I can't recommend purchasing the product anywhere away from the Symantec store.
You can opt out of Auto-Renewal if you think that is the concern in buying it out of Symantec store. Here is one interesting online tutorial about Auto-renewal or the on-going protection. I would really recommend that you watch it once to get more information about it.
If you would like to cancel the Auto-renewal, you can submit this form in advance so that you are not charged. I'm hoping that getting a CD should not be a problem either. You can always talk to the customer support executives for further assistance.
To the best of my knowledge, OEM products are not to be sold as a stand-alone disk. However, I'm not sure what the marketing team has to say about this. I'll follow-up with our marketing team and find out more information on this. Thanks for letting us know about it.
First, a great Tutorial provided by TomV! I'm going to save that link.
Many computer parts stores sell a variety of "OEM" products, primarily geared toward system builders. (Or those who merely need to replace hardware)
As an example, I have purchased "OEM" DVD drives which are shipped "bare-bones" without the full documentation and the extra burning programs as would be found in the retail version.
For some OEM software, especially operating system software, certain conditions have to be met. These conditions generally require purchase of a motherboard and processor at the same time as the software purchase. However, I don't see any condition listed for the product you are interested in.
In the case of this version of NIS, I would want to confirm that it has a full 12 month subscription and no other conditions or limitations before purchasing. I see that there is a space on that product page to "Ask a Question" - might be a good idea.
Mo -- you are in Australia aren't you?
I don't know about stores in Australia but here in the USA it is pretty easy to buy NIS 2009 for US$29 or less after discounts, mail in rebates and upgrade rebates. I've seen it at $9.99 not long ago and in the past paid $0 ....
Then you are sure about the duration of the subscription.
And here's the real gotcha -- OEM versions of Norton Software (and they must exist since many discount houses sell them although the fact that they show yellow boxes in their advertising does not mean that they will come like that!) do not rank for free upgrades when a new version comes out. So if you buy OEM 2009 now and it actually has a 366 day subscription when NIS 2010 comes out, maybe in October if it follows the usual pattern, you will not be able to upgrade free for the balance of your subscription to 2009 .......
Thank you all for your answers and information.
Actually it has been frustratingly hard to find a 1pc user disc!!! For a reasonable price.I will look into what TomV said about the auto renewal but all the extra hassle puts me off.I did compare the Symantec stores for what they were selling it for VIA download and there really is no saving at all...unless I have missed something.And yes I would prefer to use the official sites as the one I found just does not fill me with confidence!!!
Although I see 1 PC, 3 PC and 5 PC versions on the shelves in my local office supply store I suspect Symantec's marketing effort is on 3 PC since that is what the competition is offering too.
Retail stores are official Symantec Sales Outlets too so it's not the Norton Store on line or unofficial as a choice.
And don't forget that the pictures these unofficial sites use usually do not match what they ship so what you might have gotten for an OEM NIS 2009 would almost certainly not come in a yellow box as shown on their website.
Yes I read the small print at the bottom of the page as in WHAT YOU SEE IS NOT NECESSARILY WHAT YOU GET!!! Thanks for your advice,I shall keep looking now I know what to look out for i e OEM.Thanks again to all who supplied me with good info. Sadly I agree about the marketing strategy,maybe the marketing people should look at these forums as well,The engineers/software people are doing the hard yards and I think the marketing people are missing the boat!