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Summary
Use this article if:

  • You are unable to download a McAfee product to your Windows PC from home.mcafee.com.
  • You are unable to install a McAfee product to your Windows PC.

NOTE: If you still can’t download and install your McAfee product after following the advice in this article, contact Customer Service.

Before you start:

You might need to restart your PC to solve the issue, so bookmark or favorite this article to get back to it quickly.

Solution
What type of problem do you see?

This error indicates a network problem. A network problem can cause your product download to disconnect or fail.

If you see this error, do the following:

  1. Wait a few minutes.
  2. Try the download again.
  3. If you still have a problem, see TS101825 – McAfee Installer reports “No internet Connection”. This article describes how to resolve this issue.

If your McAfee product is taking too long to download:
  1. Wait a few minutes.
  2. Try the download again.
  3. If download still fails:
    1. Try going to other websites, such as Google.com to see if they are also slow to respond.
    2. If other websites are also slow, restart your PC.
  4. Try the download again.
  5. If you still see the issue, contact Technical Support.

Other security products might block you from installing your McAfee software. To stop this error from happening:
  1. See TS102253 – How to remove incompatible third-party applications.
  2. Use the instructions in the article to remove any incompatible software that you have installed.
Discover More help  Fix download or install issues related to the McAfee website

When you have completed these steps, try to install your product again. If you still can’t install, contact Technical Support.

These errors indicate general network problems. These problems can cause your product download to disconnect or fail.

If you see any of these errors, do the following:

  1. Wait a few minutes.
  2. Try the download again.
  3. If you still can’t download:
    1. Try going to other websites, such as Google.com, to see if they are also slow to respond.
    2. If other websites are also slow, do the following:
      1. Shut down your PC.
      2. Turn off your network router.
      3. Wait a few minutes, and then turn your router back on.
      4. Turn on your PC.
  4. Try the download again.
  5. If you still see the issue, contact Technical Support.

You see this error if you try to install your McAfee product on a PC with an unsupported operating system.

If you see this error, do the following:

  1. Check the system requirements article: TS102471 – McAfee system requirements for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  2. If your operating system is not supported:
    1. Upgrade to a supported operating system.
    2. Try the install again.

      NOTE: You are unable to install your McAfee product until you upgrade to a supported operating system.

  3. If your operating system is shown as supported:
    1. Try the installation again.
    2. If the installation fails again with the same message, contact Technical Support.​

You might see this error if you have typed in the wrong serial number, or if the installer can’t contact the McAfee website.

If you see this error, do the following:

  1. Wait a few minutes.
  2. Refresh the webpage or close and reopen your internet browser.
  3. Carefully type the serial number and submit it again.
  4. If you still see the issue, contact Technical Support.

What to do if you still have a problem
If the above options did not help, you might need to use McAfee Support tools. To fix the download or installation issues, do one of the following based on your operating system:

  1. ​​Download and run the McAfee Software Install Helper tool.
  2. Type your registered email address and password, and then click Login.

    NOTE: If you can’t remember your password, click Forgot Password? and follow the prompts.

  3. Click Start, accept the License Agreement, and follow the prompts. Your installed McAfee software might be uninstalled and reinstalled to resolve the issue. So, the tool might take 15 minutes or more to complete.

    When the McAfee Software Install Helper tool completes, your issue is resolved.

STEP 1: Run McAfee Consumer Product removal tool
IMPORTANT:

  • Always download a new copy of MCPR before each use.
    This ensures that you have the latest version, and that newer McAfee products can be successfully recognized.
  • MCPR cleans up only the components needed for reinstallation. It is not designed to clean up 100% of components.
  • Completing this step requires a restart.

Before you start:

  • Bookmark or favorite this article so that you can easily get back to it.
  • Save all open files.
  • Close all programs.
  1. Download the MCPR tool.
  2. Double-click MCPR.exe.
  3. If you see a security warning:

    Click YesContinue, or Run (depending on your version of Windows):

  4. At the McAfee Software Removal screen:
    1. Click Next.
    2. Click Agree to accept the End User License Agreement (EULA).
  5. At the Security Validation screen:
    1. Type the characters exactly as shown on your screen. Validation is case-sensitive.
    2. Click Next. This step prevents the accidental use of MCPR.

  6. When the process is complete, you see one of the following messages. Click the one that you see.

If you see this message, the MCPR tool has completed successfully.

  1. Restart your PC to complete the removal process.

    IMPORTANT: When your PC restarts, it will not be protected from viruses and malware. Ensure that you reinstall your security software as soon as possible to remain protected.

If you see this message, the cleanup did not go as planned:

  1. Restart your PC and run MCPR again.
  2. If you see Cleanup Unsuccessful again, ignore it.
  3. Restart your PC again.
  4. Attempt to reinstall your McAfee software.

If you are still unable to install:

  1. Click here to contact Technical Support.
  2. Let the agent know:
    • MCPR produced a Cleanup Unsuccessful message.
    • You are unable to reinstall your McAfee software.

STEP 2: Run the McAfee Pre-install tool

The Pre-Install Tool prepares your computer for McAfee software installation. To learn how to download and run the Pre-Install Tool, watch the video or follow the steps below:

To view and subscribe to more videos, visit the official McAfee YouTube channel.

  1. Download the Pre-Install Tool.

    NOTE: Save the file to a temporary location, such as your desktop.

  2. Double-click the Pre-Install_Tool.exe file, and follow the prompts.
  3. Read the warning message, and click OK to agree to the changes.
  4. After the Preinstall Tool completes:
    1. Click OK.
    2. Click Close.
    3. Restart your computer.

After you restart your PC, try the installation again.

If you still experience issues after following these steps, contact Technical Support.
Related Information
If you see errors or other problems on the McAfee homepage (home.mcafee.com), see: TS103021 – Fix download or install issues related to the McAfee website.

Source : Official McAfee Brand
Editor by : BEST Antivirus KBS Team

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