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    Moral question of using old version

    Well bit of a dillema - even for me

    I've got a piece of software that is horrible horrible horrible to install - prob would even take you experts ages to sort it to install automatically

    I have a previous "demo" version that runs and installs fine.

    We've paid the dosh for the current version - i don't need the features of the current version.

    Would you spend time and considerable effort on it or just install and run the "demo" version and sleep at night without needing horlicks

    I don't propose naming the product in this discussion

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    The probability is the demo version may have some components disabled or even worse, will stop working after a period of time and force you to upgrade to the paid version.

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    I haven't voted, as I have to ask one question... Does this company offer downgrade rights?

    It's not Adobe, is it?

    -ken

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    I would personally install the full version, as Demo versions are not licenced to be used after a certain period (usually 28-90 days). As such at the end you will have to take it off and put the full version on, so why hassle with it twice?

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    I think you are all misunderstanding SimpleSi's definition of "demo"

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    Some software "demos" are the full version that can be unlocked using the key. So as long as you have the key and the licence I see no reason why not to install the previous version.

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    That's the trouble with forums - they don't convey meaning well

    This isn't a technical question about time expired or missing features.

    I have a copy of an old version that works fine and is easy to install that I am not licenced to use and no downgrade rights available

    I have paid (100s) for a newer version that is diabolical to install - on a par with a certain piece of report writing software that I was particularly (not) fond of

    I don't need any of the extra features - in fact the old version is much easier to use for primary pupils.

    Do I get on with life and get the job done or waste my time?

    I get 1/2 day in the school every 2 weeks - might get it installed by Easter but probably won't even meet that as a target on all machines

    regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    Some software "demos" are the full version that can be unlocked using the key. So as long as you have the key and the licence I see no reason why not to install the previous version.
    Agreed, if you are licensed for the same product but in a later version then I see no harm in installing the functioning version. I had to do the same thing with a certain bit of software and its painful 'network install'. I contacted the company and discussed this with their sales team and while they could not understand why I wanted to use an older version they accepted it without to much fuss.

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    Some mornings it's just not worth chewing through the restraints.
    Just noticed your sig - superb

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    Maybe phone the company in question and ask them if you can? and ask about the disbenifits of using it opposed to the newer version.

    p.s If it was legal, then I would...

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    If it was legal -we all would

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