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Switch from McAfree 1-month Trial on new laptop to my existing subscription

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I want to buy a new Dell Inspiron Windows 8 which comes with a McAfee 1-month free trial pre-installed.  .  I already have an 11 month Anti-Virus Plus subscription on my old XP laptop.  I am not going to use my old computer again.

I am elderly and not computer literate and would like to use the Trial package for a week or 2 until I get used to Windows 8.  Also, I don't think I would know how to switch McAfee packages at the same time as I set-up the new laptop.     When I decide to switch to my own AVPlus subscription, do I do the following, please.?

1.  Uninstall Free 1-month Trial package from new Windows 8 laptop

2.  Download 'My Account' on to new Windows 8 laptop.

3. Click on 'De-activate' the old XP

4. Click on 'Download' to install A-V Plus from my existing subscription.

5.  Uninstall A-V Plus from old XP.

Your opinion would be much appreciated.

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If you uninstall the trial in the normal manner (Control Panel > Programs and Features) that will automatically adjust any account details it has online.

The same goes for your current XP system, except its Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.  (I think I'm reading this right..LOL).  By doing that first the account will already be decremented by 1 license.

Then run the MCPR cleanup tool on your new machine to clean up bits and pieces left behind and reboot.

You should then go to your online account and download the software from there or you could have done what I often do to make things quicker,  Save the installer file to my desktop first, then I have it handy to install the minute I reboot.

Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 19/03/14 4:14:25 EDT PM

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Re: Switch from McAfree 1-month Trial on new laptop to my existing subscription

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If you uninstall the trial in the normal manner (Control Panel > Programs and Features) that will automatically adjust any account details it has online.

The same goes for your current XP system, except its Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.  (I think I'm reading this right..LOL).  By doing that first the account will already be decremented by 1 license.

Then run the MCPR cleanup tool on your new machine to clean up bits and pieces left behind and reboot.

You should then go to your online account and download the software from there or you could have done what I often do to make things quicker,  Save the installer file to my desktop first, then I have it handy to install the minute I reboot.

Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 19/03/14 4:14:25 EDT PM

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Re: Switch from McAfree 1-month Trial on new laptop to my existing subscription

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Thank you - very clear instructions.

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You're welcome.  Good luck.

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