Downloading iWork

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ditzy, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    I'm thinking about legally downloading iWork. The only thing that is putting me off is that I do not know what will happen if I have to reinstall my system for any reason. At the moment with iWork 08 I have the disks so if for some reason I have to reinstall OSX, I would just have to put the disk in and then I'd have access to it again.
    I wouldn't want to buy a downloaded copy of iWork only to have to buy it again if anything goes wrong. Would I be protected against this happening or not?
    Sorry for rambling, thanks for answering.
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    As long as you keep the serial number safe you should be fine.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    you can back up the disk image to a physical medium if you want. you just have to be careful to not lose the serial number then. or in any event.
     
  4. ditzy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Would apple keep a record of the serial number for you. I know they keep a record of when you buy stuff from them. If you phoned them up would they have a record of the serial number.
     
  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    No, I wouldn't count on it.
     
  6. ditzy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks I'll just have to find somewhere safe to put the serial number.
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Well they do send you the serial number in an email, so just don't delete you email. For example I used my Gmail account and I labeled and just archived it. Then if I need it again, I can search for it.
     
  8. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    I keep a file folder backed up to disk and iDisk. I have one that is software and one that is hardware. I keep all serial numbers/keys/codes in there. I also back up anything I download and buy to a DVD. You don't have to depend on someone else when you can do a better job safekeeping your own information.

    I actually scan all receipts and keep those in a database too. Amazing the things you can do if you think to do yourself rather than counting on others.
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Well they do:

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    I would imagine they would do the same for iWork '09.
     
  10. ditzy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That makes sense thanks. But I think I'm just going to order the disk on the last week of the trial.
     
  11. ditzy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's brilliant I never thought about iDisk i think that is what I'm going to do now.
     
  12. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    I just archived my order in my gmail account so if I need to do a reinstall when I get my next Mac, I can just search my gmail for "iwork" and get the serial. Problem solved.
     
  13. nippyjun macrumors 65816

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    Just burn it to a disk and write the serial number on the disk. It's no different then buying the product in the store.
     
  14. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, the tried and true Sharpie method - brings back good memories :)

    Nowdays I just use my email to store serial numbers and important purchase receipts.
     

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