Norton System Works 2006 PC Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Installation 5.5
Ease of use 5.5
Usefulness 5.0
Value 5.5
Distributor: Symantec
Date: March 2006
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

5.5


Norton System Works 2006

What a strange kettle of fish this product is. Hit and miss, kill or live, Im not too sure what went on with the production of NS 2006 but two installations on two different machines for two very different results. Both machines running XP Pro, one a laptop, the other a desktop unit.
 
Now I am going to sum it up in a nutshell. This feels like a very unfinished product, the way that it works on the machines, or rather doesnt. My laptop experienced a full crash after installation, whilst the desktop struggled along, refusing to allow testing of the GoBack feature on the disk.
 
Suggestions I had during the process were that I just use System Restore instead. No way Nelly! That software is part of the package and essentially has been rendered useless. Repeated installations later on the desktop showed that my Internet Security Antivirus would not live with this one. Crash!
 
Finally after stuffing around with the registry and then resorting to a full reinstall (thank god its a test machine!), I got the software up and running OK, still no GoBack functionality. I know that normally wed give a featured product like this a full write up but I frankly am disappointed for the first time with a Symantec product.
 
I am a huge fan of this company and I do feel that this release is more than a little half-arse (excuse me). The 2005 edition ruled and this one doesnt! Other software on this disc includes:
 
Norton AntiVirus
Norton Utilities
Norton GoBack
CheckIt Diagnostics
System Optimiser
 
I did like the System Optimiser part of this package and did note slight performance increase. Bear in mind though I was working on a clean install and tested the package over roughly a week period so not a great deal of optimisation was needed.
 
Im not really prepared to give this the sort of write up wed normally give a package such as this. I would have to suggest that you tough it out until Symantec go back to the lab and fix the problems with the installation and just how niggly the whole thing behaves as a whole.
 
I like the Norton products as a rule as I previously stated, however I think this one is a disappointment that might cost Symantec a number of customers unless they fix these problems promptly. If there are any doubts as to this, see our review of the previous product that scored 9/10.
 
I possibly give this one a miss, but keep an eye out for any announcements for updates or new versions, then maybe it will be worth installing. I feel odd scoring it 5.5/10 considering some of the problems I had and my general annoyance with the product for not delivering 100%, however the CheckIt Diagnotics and System Optimiser are good products and good to have as part of a package. If you have need of those products then possibly you can go for this, however just be aware that you might have problems.
 
Contrary to this review, I have seen others that had no problems, however considering this was tested on a clean install, I am simply reporting my findings.
 
Sorry.






 
 



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