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How to Transfer McAfee to Another Computer

Updated February 21, 2017

While transferring your music, documents and photos to a new computer you'll also need to reinstall your software from your old computer. In order to reinstall McAfee's security software you'll need to insert the installation disc used to originally install the software--or you can download the latest version from the McAfee site by clicking the link in the Resources section. If you decide to install the software from the installation disc, you'll also need to download an upgrade from the McAfee site and update your virus definitions.

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  1. Insert the McAfee installation disc into the new computer Double-click the installer icon to begin the installation wizard.

  2. Click "Next" or "Continue" and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

  3. Click "Start," "All Programs," "McAfee" and "McAfee (Product Name)" to run the program on your PC. For Macs, open the "Applications" folder in Finder and double-click the "McAfee" icon.

  4. Click VirusScan at the top of the screen and click "Preferences" on Mac computers. Click "eUpdate" and click "Start" to scan and download software updates. For PCs, right-click the McAfee icon on your taskbar and click "Updates" from the pop-up menu.

  5. Click the "Check Now" button on the dialogue box, and click the "Updates" button. Enter your registered McAfee e-mail address and password, and click "Log In." Click "Install" and follow the on-screen instructions to install ActiveX.

  6. Click "Update" on the dialogue box once ActiveX is installed and the update begins. Click "Next" to begin installation of the updates.

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Things You'll Need

  • McAfee installation disc

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