How to Transfer McAfee to Another Computer

By Mario Calhoun

Transfer your McAfee software to a new computer
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While transferring your music, documents and photos to a new computer you'll also need to re-install your software from your old computer. In order to re-install 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.

Transfer using Installation CD

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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