Pros None, none at all!
Cons Nightmare to install. IF and that's a big if, you succeed with the installation, you will find out that your operating system is corrupted, file associations are destroyed, and the kicker? Can't do clean uninstall..
Summary I feel like an idiot. I have been using Nero and InCD since the early 90's. It used to be a superior product and so with every new version I bought it without any apprehension or second thoughts. Then I got Nero 8 last year. Nothing but problems. After being asked if I installed on multiple machines (which I did not) and twice actually having to e-mail Nero to ask to reactivate my license I just un-installed 8 and went back to 7. So when 9 was coming out so soon (only about one year apart) I foolishly thought that Nero realized the problems they were having and were releasing reworked and fixed product.
Oh what a fool I was. I should have heeded my sixth sense that was telling me to run away. Especially when I saw that they removed Media Home and Back It Up and were now charging for it separately. But noooo, I stupidly thought that they removed those components to got rid of the bloat and streamline each app. Naive me.
Well after I paid close to $100 two days ago and after foolishly nuking and reinstalling Vista twice believing that the OS may be the problem, I am now seriously thinking that I will start raising some hell. I will of course gladly advertise on any and all forums I am registered at the fact that my quad core CPU is running at close to 50% utilization while only using Show Time, which BTW is skipping like crazy. I will tell that Media Home crashed on me 4 times so far with the need to reinstall after each crash, and that the browsing on extenders and hooked up machines over gigabit ethernet is so slow that it would drive saint to murder. That's not even mentioning the frequent "app stopped working" pop-ups. I will also see to it that there will be scathing review from me on major retailers websites. No I am not a vindictive person and usually don't bother to go to extraordinary lengths to recover 40 - 50 bucks, but I've had enough. Last two years Nero got about $150 from me, and it looks like I will be using Nero 7 in the end.
Well, my theory now after this fiasco is that Nero got too big and greedy for their own good while losing perception of what successful business must do to be successful. They figured that releasing a "product" every year and charging high price would make them rich. At the same time they made their support so tedious and non-responsive that majority of people probably just give up after second or third attempt getting canned replies with no solutions for their problems. Good business must release great product and have good customer support. Nero is now failing at both. I hope that some enterprising company is listening and will step in and put out great product while at the same drive Nero out of business. I am done.
My self assembled machine:
Intel Q6600 processor
EVGA 680i board
EVGA 9800GTX+ video card
8GB Corsair 1066 DDR2 memory
RocketRAID 3520 card
3x150GB Raptors unning in RAID-0
Auzentech X-Plosion Sound Card
running Vista Ultimate x64
Pros There is none..
Cons Crappy installer (took over 1 hour on dell xps 730), Slows system down, Kills vista
Summary I can not understand why they sell this.. I had to format my syatem to rid my self of nero.. DO NOT BUY THIS.. :-(
Pros Giving you money to Nero is more environmentally friendly than flushing it down the toilet. The benefits, however, are identical.
Cons A complete waste of time in every sense of the phrase. Even if you uninstall it, your system will be screwed. Like herpes, it keeps on hanging on.
Summary Having used some Nero products in the past, I foolishly bought this bloatware without any research. It is completely useless. My OS is now littered with broken Nero links and the only way to get rid of it will be to re-install. I tried to get my money back which would have left me with an open mind as far as future versions go. Getting a refund seems almost impossible so I have to write it off as a painful lesson.I have noticed Ahead have queefed this turd onto the Japanese market at an even higher price. Even the placid Japanese might not put up with this one.
Updated on Jan 9, 2010
By the way, I found Cyberlink's Power2Go works pretty well at one third the Nero price.
If I can save just one person, it will make the 80 bucks I lost on Nero worthwhile.
Pros NONE since I can't even install it on Vista
Cons Worse installer ever made. Installer takes forever to install. I thought, Norton had it worse for years but guess again. Do not buy or download this product. Total crap and they will not do anything about it.
Summary Don't buy it, Don't install it, Don't use it. Period.
Pros Many features
Cons Slow and due to licensing you can only install it on one computer. Using NERO 7 I was able to put it on all 3 of my personal computers
Summary I could not find anywhere on thier site saying I could only install it on one computer. I asked for my money back and they said no. I am extrememly unhappy with this product. After using it for a bit it is really slow too.