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Norton Systemworks 2003 Standard

I've been using SW 2003 for quite some time...maybe 2 years now. I originally had it on my desktop. I never had any problem reinstalling it after I would reinstall the OS ... XP Home. When I got my laptop I installed SW 2003 on it and upgraded to SW 2003 Pro for my desktop.

I probably installed the program on my laptop a couple of time after reinstalling the OS with no problems.

I just reinstalled the OS on my laptop and tried to reinstall SW 2003 but the antivirus wouldn't install. Thgere are things that just won't reinstall.

I haven't even installed any Windows updates yet and the OS that came with my laptop has only SP1. I've successfully reinstalled SW in the past but the only thing I can think of that is different is that the last time I reinstallled SW I registered it.

Anybody have a clue?

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Re: Norton Systemworks 2003 Standard

Many Antivirus will not install if a worm/other pest is on the machine. Do the usual scan with Housecall to see what you find.

Also, Symantec's AV is time limited. Yours may have expired.


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But how on earth can the software by itself know this without an internet connection.

I tried installing SW 2003 Pro and it loaded with no problems the only problem I did have was running live update. Everything updated, even the antivirus definitions, but the common client file wouldn't update.

I just now got done with reinstalling the OS for about the 3rd or 4th time and tried to reinstall SW 2003 standard. Same thing. It won't load properly and there isn't anything physically wrong with the CD. What it is doing is not putting the Systemworks quick launch on the desktop and I can't get the antivirus to enable.

There has to be something leftover from the previous OS install that the SW program is picking up on.

Help is much appreciated.

I guess I can buy another copy of that hasn't ever been registered but, I think I would rather go with McAffee or some other software now.

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Or it reads the date....

I am not privy to what timebombs they place in such software. But you need to get a scan done to see if a worm/pest has found its way onto the machine.


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Re: Or it reads the date....

How would I do that?

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Type HOUSECALL into to find a web based scan.

Other free tools to look for pests are called Adaware, Spybot and Cwshredder.


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Re: Or it reads the date....

I was right. I went snooping around on the "Documents and Settings" and "Program Files" and found quite a few leftover files and programs listed from before the reinstallation of the OS.

I don't know why the OS install didn't reformat the HDD but it didn't.

Systemworks was listed among others.

If anyone knows how to format a drive with the OS still on it, I'd appreciate the info.


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"how to format a drive with the OS still on it, "

Remember that formatting a drive does wipe out the OS and most users will not know how to install Windows properly. Most will not know how to install drivers for motherboard, video and more.

Microsoft doesn't do this for us.

If you want to proceed, such instructions are in the Newbies and Computer Help forums about formatting.

However, if you can't format the hard disk, it's a sign that you may experience grave difficulty installing OS.


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Not really. I'm experienced with it. I'm not, however, experienced with formatting a system drive with an OS. I believe I have to be in "safe" mode. I've done that before but I don't remember how. I have a utility that allows me to wipe the drive but it requires a floppy. My laptop, as well as most laptops nowadays don't have floppy drives.

There are ways that I can wipe the drive such as removing it, putting it into a USB enclosure and hooking it up to my desktop and formatting but, I'm looking for simplicity with no unnecessary expense.

All of my system drivers and apps are on one CD, anyway. The OS is custom from the laptop manufacturer. It is WinXP but is on a different CD that the OEM created for this laptop. If the OS was original it would be so much easier.

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