The software will re-install on the SAME machine as many times as you want, even if you changed or re-installed the operating software!
Thank's 'forumadmin' – that really was the crux of my problem, as I commonly upgrade or re-install XP on the kids computers once or twice a year. I'll also print out this thread to keep just in case I do get problems :-)
Quite a sales pitch BTW! I can't agree with all of it, but provided I can use the CD's for two kids consecutively then I'm sure that'll work out just fine for me.
During installation, as part of the security check during activation, it requires you to turn off the personal firewall temporarily (less than a minute). This is not a permanent state. Thereafter the software does not even require the internet and can be run entirely off-line.
This remains a curiosity, even a problem. It may come down to a woolly definition of what 'firewall' means (see below) or perhaps the software really does want to do strange things on strange ports. In the end though I guess I'll just have to put up with it - and probably never notice the difference.
Trevor S wrote:
As a software engineer I can tell you that momentary disabling of firewall fof software installation is quite common and it is infact one of the most effective antipiracy measures. Even Microsoft requires you to disable anti-virus and firewall temporarily for installing IE 7.0 in their blog:http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/1 ... tions.aspx
Did you give the right link there Trevor? This doesn't talk about making the firewall more permissive, just turning of anti-virus and trojan/malware detectors.
When I say firewall I mean an actual device BTW – not one of these combination anti-virus, anti-trojan, firewall, CD ejector and weekly horoscope prediction bundles that run on the OS they're trying to protect (you can tell I don't like them can't you :-) and I really can't turn it off as it serves more than just my family. I don't even know where it is. I can plug the computer in somewhere else though, as I already mentioned.
I should have realized the possible confusion from the start and I'm hoping that what's really meant is 'turn of your bundle of security applications that probably also includes a firewall'.