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Should I Buy Any Bundled Software With My Desktop Computer And What Do I Need It For?

By Jonas FitzGerald

Should I buy any bundled software with my desktop computer? This is a fair question to ask. If you are asking it the likely thing is you are probably on the verge of buying a desktop computer and considering what you need it for and therefore what kind of bundle will suit your own individual needs.

What those individual needs are depends largely on who you are. If you have a desktop computer and are self employed, you will probably want the kind of office package that comes with the installation. On the other hand if you have recently opened an account with the bank you may also get free book keeping software. This program can prove very useful and help you keep track of your finances.

On the other hand you may want to create presentations from home ready for a meeting the next day. In this case you may want Powerpoint software. It is important to check if this included in your software bundle as this is not always included in some older software packages and therefore may not also be included in some cheaper computer deals, so it is worth asking with the salesperson before you begin.

Where it becomes complicated is if you purchase a computer every three or four years. Legally, you cannot reinstall the same software under the Original Equipment Manufacturer license. It may be cheaper in the long term to purchase a retail version of the software bundle. Like any other service, comparing prices from different retailers will give you an idea of what is available.

One thing to be very careful of is discount bundles of software available on the internet. If you have compared prices on official sites you will know what constitutes original equipment manufacturer license software. If you have a version for an older computer then you cannot reinstall it for a new computer. Likewise the discount bundles online are likely to be pirated versions that can potentially infect your computer.

The key thing is to make sure you are getting value for money. While you may be getting a cheaper computer the software that comes bundled with it could be two or three years old. As a guide, six months is considered a long time in computer terms!

It is also worth remembering that a software bundle with your desktop will be compatible, while you will have to check if separate programs are compatible with your operating system. For example, they should say whether it is compatible with Mac or PC, Windows 2000 or Windows XP. If you are unsure of your hardware capabilities and memory it is worth checking your computer settings.

Like any purchase, it is vital to shop around, whether you are choosing a software bundle or picking and choosing the programs that best suit your individual needs. When looking at review sites always be wary of overly positive or negative reviews and focus on constructive, honest feedback before making your decision.

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FitzGerald, Jonas "Should I Buy Any Bundled Software With My Desktop Computer And What Do I Need It For?." Should I Buy Any Bundled Software With My Desktop Computer And What Do I Need It For?. 22 Aug. 2010. 4 Mar 2015 <>.

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