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[solved]license Key Question

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For BitDefender Internet Security--


Can I use a 2010 license key to register the 2009 application?


This is a yes or no question. But for those who have waaaaay too much time on their hands, and are curious as to why anyone would want to do this, instead of just installing the 2010 version or the 2011 version...


I recently purchased the 2010 product. It is brand new, unopened boxed product, with a 2-year license for 3 PCs. I purchased it from a legitimate online vendor. The box, of course, has a disk with the 2010 application.


Why would anyone do this, you ask? Well... BitDefender has released the 2011 product, so retailers want to unload their remaining stock of 2010 boxed product. The result is that the 2010 product is significantly discounted. It's still a legitimate purchase, and the license is valid.


I installed and activated the 2010 program on an older laptop. I'm not having any serious problems, but it really seems to be slowing down the overall system performance. The laptop has Win XP Pro SP3, with 512 MB of RAM. This meets the the minimal system requirements for the 2010 application, but the recommended system requirements are 1GB for Win XP.


I suspect that the laptop is performing poorly because of the smaller RAM. (The processor isn't the problem. The laptop's processor is 1.9 Ghz, and this complies with the recommendations for the 2010 version.)


The 2009 version of BitDefender has a minimal system requirement of only 256 MB of RAM. So I think the laptop might perform better with the 2009 product.


Yes, I still have an installer file for the 2009 application.


Yes, the 2009 application that I have is also the same product: BitDefender Internet Security.


BMK

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  • George R.
    edited October 2010
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    Hello MREM LLC,


    Yes, this is possible and actually recommended in your case. Anyone who has a license key for BitDefender 2010, can also downgrade to BitDefender 2009 with the same license key, if needed.


    Customers with newer 7digit license keys can contact us at any time for an exchange :)


    Thanks for the feedback :)


    P.S. You will need to downgrade to BitDefender Antivirus 2009 . It is better to download it online.

  • I installed and activated the 2010 program on an older laptop, but the recommended system requirements are 1GB for Win XP.


    I suspect that the laptop is performing poorly because of the smaller RAM. (The processor isn't the problem. The laptop's processor is 1.9 Ghz, and this complies with the recommendations for the 2010 version.)


    The 2009 version of BitDefender has a minimal system requirement of only 256 MB of RAM. So I think the laptop might perform better with the 2009 product.BMK


    If microsoft says 256 MB minimal, yes I understand; 512 MB OK and 1 Go better ^_^


    I've still using XP Home and Pro, but with 2 Go memory.


    Besides, laptops are usually slower than desktop, and memories itself improved a lot, of course hardware participate with software in the trendy option: Bigger is better...


    It is a good idea not to install too many brand new softwares on an old machine, provided that you can communicate with somebody else with older soft. :)


    If you can't add an extra 512 MB ram (lack of slot), it's too bad but well... we need not open all at once Photoshop, Indesign, watch a touch of evil (Orson Welles), and so on... :D


    You can gain weight by deinstalling everything you seldom use, and deactivating (through msconfig) everything you do not use in the session.


    Your system will run a bit faster.


    :)


    Regards,


    L.

  • mardisp
    edited October 2010
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    P.S. You will need to downgrade to BitDefender Antivirus 2009 . It is better to download it online.


    George--


    We really appreciate your assistance with this, and it's encouraging to know that I'm not crazy, and that you actually recommend the earlier version in this case.


    But here's what I don't understand:


    Why the downgrade from IS to AV?


    I found it intriguing that you located our license key. You must have referenced it from the e-mail address that is associated with our BD Forum username.


    The key you found is a 3yr 3pc license for BD AV 2010. And it is indeed a license that we have registered. But it's not the license that is installed on the laptop in question.


    We manage systems for a couple different small businesses. The key that we are working with on the laptop with 512 MB is registered to a different account. It is registered to <tax@sgaweb.net>. The key ends with E7C4. This is a 2yr 3pc license for BD IS 2010.


    Which brings us back to my original question:


    Why are we downgrading from IS to AV when we roll back from 2010 to 2009?


    Is it because you were looking at the wrong account? <img class=" /> [ROFLMAO]


    At first I thought you were issuing a new key for the rollback. But then I decided to check and see if the key you provided matched any of our active licenses. That's when I drew the inference that you were looking at the wrong user. It's lucky we checked, because if we hadn't... well, eventually we would be trying to use that key on four different machines.


    I think maybe I need the link to the final installer file for BD IS 2009. B)


    George, I'm not trying to embarrass you. You've been very helpful.


    MREM LLC

  • George R.
    edited October 2010
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    It's called a "professional habit" (at least here) :) Glad everything was sorted out.

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