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When I D/l A Purchased Software Can I Save The Process?


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#1 georgia

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 08:28 AM

I know that this will sound like a very foolish question, however my neighbor suggested that I post so that I can get a better understanding of this procedure. Ov//er the years I have tried out purchase programs on Trial and then bought and got my key / license which I have diligently recorded and put away for safekeeping.
Then I have bought the CD that accompanies the program.
My neighbor tells me that I am wasting my $ b/c I can save and burn this to a Data dvd with my Nero program?

I have always been afraid to do this as I never do data cd's though I have apps that do Backups which I do regularly. The reason that I ask this now is b/c I will be purchasing 3 programs in the near future that want $10 for the program's CD that would be mailed.

I really would appreciate comments and brief instructions as to how to go about saving and burning via a Nero Data dvd of the Installed program in the Event of a Crash of my notebooks, which I backup....but you never know.

Again I aplogize for what likely will be interpreted as a silly question.
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BTW, would this "Save" also include drivers etc. if the App needed it? I guess what I am saying is whether this is indeed the best way to do this or should I opt for the $10 CD.
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Posted 10 August 2008 - 08:51 AM

Unless the disk includes "extras", there shouldn't be a need for it.
Just download the executable and save it to disk, then if you ever need to reload the program, just run the executable.
When saving the executable to a data disk, I'd also include a notepad document containing additional information about the program, such as the key / license number, URL to the site, and any additional information that would be useful, such as any special instruction about how to use the program.
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 03:37 AM

Let me see if I have this correct. I would save the d/l to the desktop and open the file to start the app and then when I purchase it do a "data" save of the exe. on my desk through Nero and add save the key there as well and any pertinent details is that the process?
I simply don't want to mess up here, thank you.
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 04:05 AM

That's pretty much it. Just as a personal preference I like to store the executable in my documents, that way their out of site and easily retrievable.

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 06:36 PM

Just my personal preference, but I find it easier to just download another copy of the file when I need it (after saving all the registration info).
I've only run into one problem with this - and that was with Symantec pcAnywhere. Luckily I had saved a copy on CD because my communications with their tech support were fruitless (even though I'd purchased it from the Symantec online store).
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 06:48 PM

Hmmmm....this gives me a lot to think about, as I said in the past I purchased the CD and have a binder full of the original cd's that I bought and keep them at hand should I have an issue.
I also have an external hdd away from here with the apps install and key saved on them.
I had always found it easier to find the disk from the company b/c I found their logo recognizeable and grabbed it right away instead of my "hand scrawled" titles on a disk.
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 08:13 PM

I would like to add:

Make a back-up copy of all the disks you have purchased AND of any programs you save to a disk.
Most people don't think about this until AFTER they pull out a disk, and it can't be used because it has become very scratched up or because it's broken or cracked. A back-up is especially important for software that came with a purchased product because some products don't have it set up for downloading software from their websites.

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 01:07 AM

I really appreciate these valued comments as it makes the grey matter work and think of things that one normally does not unless they have dialogue with another computer program user !!!
Thank you for taking the time to comment.
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