Since EQ6 came out a bit over a year ago, discussions have arisen about the limited activations. EQ limits each program to four activations. Let me start my own rant by saying that I know almost nothing about computers. I can turn mine on and off. But I am so tired of hearing complaints about EQ’s policy!
With EQ5 and previous versions, EQ was apparently having quite a bit of experience with people buying the program, installing it and passing it around to their friends. That cost them money! EQ has the best customer support and technical support. The level of support they offer comes with a cost to them and the fantastic support I receive would eventually have to be cut back if programs are being given away freely and not purchased. Maybe the limitations on activations wasn’t the best way to go but I’d bet that the EQ people thought it out and came up with the best method possible. I don’t fault them one bit for placing limitations on the activations. Maybe there are a few people who are being hurt by the limitations (those who have had total computer failures, tried to fix it and eventually ended up with a new computer and no activations remaining) but I doubt there’s any one solution that will work for everyone in the world.
Now . . you know I’m not a computer guru but if I’m having a serious problem with my computer and I have to keep re-formatting my hard drive over and over again, maybe at some point I would think let me be sure this darned computer is working correctly before I use another of my activations!
Maybe other programs don’t limit the activations they offer. Maybe they don’t offer the same level of support as does EQ. The bottom line for me is that it is their program and if they choose to limit the program to ONE activation, I’d still buy it. If someone can’t live with their limitations, don’t buy it! And, don’t say you didn’t know about the limits. It’s on their FAQ page! I read it before ever ordering the upgrade and contacted them to be sure it was ok to install it on both my laptop and desk top or . . did I need to buy two programs . . which I would gladly have done!
Per the EQ web page, the new (not upgrade) version is $149.95. The cost for the upgrade from 5 to 6 is $74.95. I would give up satellite TV, XM Radio and all my magazine subscriptions before I’d give up EQ.
I ordered EQ6 when it first came out, and installed it on my laptop immediately. Because we were moving in just a few weeks, I waited to install it on my desk top after the move . . just in case Allied – the NOT careful movers ruined my computer. They didn’t ruin mine but they did ruin Chad’s. After we were all set up here, I installed it on my desk top, thus using two of my activations. I use my computers every single day and have still not had to use another activation.
For anyone who has made up their mind not to upgrade to EQ6 because of these limitations, in my opinion, if you have used EQ5 and love it, you’re only hurting yourself. EQ6 is a fantastic upgrade and I wouldn’t trade back to EQ5 for anything!
Thanks EQ for a fantastic program that I use almost every single day and LOVE!!