Norton AV 2004

  phil.smith 12:37 19 Jan 2005

I have Norton AV 2004 professional which is due for subscription renewal at £20.95

I have seen that Norton AV canm be bought for £16 (oem) or £19

Should I just get the new 2005 version or will there be some catch?

Will I have to uninstall 2004 before installing 2005?

What is an oem version?



  goonerbill © ® 12:48 19 Jan 2005

you could just uninstall and the reload nortons 2004 back on your pc. only thing is downloading all the updates again.

not sure if you are braking any laws doing that, as you only have it installed on one pc but many people do it.

  stylehurst 14:43 19 Jan 2005

Symantec usually recomend that earlier versions be uninstalled before installing new version.
OEM simply means that it comes without things like a printed manual.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 14:48 19 Jan 2005

Why not use one of the free AVs. They are as good if not better.


  Howardwilli 15:10 19 Jan 2005

Having had a lot of problems with Norton where they have so many restrictions on reloads and finding out that their support appears to be very poor, I would think of other options.

  ventanas 17:06 19 Jan 2005

Norton AV 2005 installs over the top of 2004 without any need to uninstall. It's painless and quick.

You cannot uninstall and reinstall 2004 because it requires activation. Symantec will know when it has expired, and so will the program.

OEM does not mean what stylehurst says, or anything like it. It means that these versions are for supply with a new PC, and usually only work for three months.

I have just bought 31 2005 upgrades for £19 each from PC World Business. It will cost a bit more retail, but there won't be much in it.

  stylehurst 17:15 19 Jan 2005

Agree with Ventanas that OEM are normally supplied with new PC, but have never found a 3 month limit on OEM software. Still running some 3 years later without problems

  citadel 18:38 19 Jan 2005

I just get the new version each year, it auto removes the old and installs the new in one go.

  phil.smith 12:32 24 Jan 2005

Thanks all for the info


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