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Switching user interface: Nero versus Nero Express!

Nero is now-a-days available in two flavors: Nero and Nero Express.

For most purposes, the Nero Express interface will be sufficient - if not easier. However, sometimes, you need "full" control and then the normal full size Nero interface is needed. So Do you need to buy these two separate products to achieve this?

The answer is simple: NO - You do NOT need to buy both products.

Basically these two products are identical (not entirely, as the normal Nero version comes with more additional tools, compared to the Nero Express version).

Warning: Switching interface is NOT SUPPORTED WITH THE OEM VERSION! Read the section OEM Limitations and WorkAround.

Note: This trick works only for Nero versions 5.5.8.2 and higher! It does seem to work for all Nero Express versions though.

Nero: Switching Normal and Express interface

Overview

Nero becomes Nero Express

Note: if you have a OEM version of Nero, then this option might not work. Read the section OEM Limitations and WorkAround.

OK, so you want to switch the from current, normal, Nero interface to the much easier to use Nero Express interface.

Step 1: Start NERO

Step 2: Close the first window

Nero will either start with the NEW COMPILATION window or with the WIZARD window.

In either situations, click "Cancel" to close this window, as shown in the screen shots below.

Nero - Close the NEW COMPILATION window

Nero - Close the WIZARD window

Step 3: Click the "Switch to Nero Express" button

Just below the menu bar you will see some icons, one of the (indicated in the screen shot below) is for switching to "Nero Express" mode.

Nero - Switch to Nero Express mode icon

Step 4: Confirm switching interface

A popup will appear informing you that you are about to switch to "Nero Express" mode. Click "OK" to continue.

Note: optionally you can check the option "Never show this message again", which brings you straight to "Nero Express" mode without the warning, next time you try this.

Nero - Notification that you are about to switch interface

Step 5: The Nero Express Interface appears

Nero - Nero is showing the Nero Express interface

Nero Express becomes Nero

Note: if you have a OEM version of Nero Express, then this option will not work. Read the section OEM Limitations and WorkAround.

OK, so you want to switch from the current, Nero Express, interface to the more advanced Nero interface.

Step 1: Start NERO EXPRESS

Step 2: Click the "Nero" button

In the lower part of the Nero Express window, you will find a button called "Nero", click it.

Nero Express - Click the NERO button to switch to the advanced interface of Nero

Step 2: Confirm notification

A popup will now appear, if this popup only shows the Nero image and a link to www.nero.com, then your version is an OEM version cannot be switched without modifications. Read the section OEM Limitations and WorkAround.

If you do not have an OEM version, this popup appears, informing you that you are about to switch to the advanced and more powerful interface:

Nero Express - Notification that you are about to switch to the normal Nero interface

Click "OK".

Note: optionally you can check the option "Never show this message again", which brings you straight to "Nero" mode without the warning, next time you try this.

Step 3: The advanced Nero interface appears

Nero Express - Running the ADVANCED NERO interface

Using separate shortcuts for each interface

The switch between Nero and Nero Express can be done within the program, as shown above. However, you can also make two separate shortcuts, one for each interface.

You can either make a new shortcut, edit an existing shortcut or edit a copy of an existing shortcut.

For example, the image below shows you the "Properties" of the Nero Express shortcut.

Nero Express - shortcut properties

For the shortcut to open Nero Express, the "Target" of the shortcut properties should be:

"C:\Program Files\Ahead\Nero\nero.exe" /w

For the shortcut to open Nero, the "Target" should be:

"C:\Program Files\Ahead\Nero\nero.exe"

Notice the difference: only the /w is added to get the Nero Express interface.

Note: C:\Program Files\Ahead in these examples, is the default path where Nero has been installed. If you have installed Nero elsewhere then please adjust the path.

OEM Limitations and Workaround

AHead disabled this option to switch interface for so called OEM version. OEM versions are usually shipped with a CD-writers and/or DVD-writers.

Do I have an OEM version?

Well, that we can find out pretty easy.

In Nero, click the menu "HELP" and then the option "About".
In Nero Express, click the blue question mark in the lower left corner (Nero Express - Finding out the version you are running), in the upcoming menu choose "Version Info".

A popup will appear showing the version of Nero/Nero Express you are running.
After the word "Version" you will either see a number (for example 5.5.10.0) or a number and the word OEM (for example OEM 5.5.10.0),

 

How to enable the interface switching with an OEM version?

Basically the only option to get this interface switching to work, you will need to enter a new serial number of a non-OEM version. A new non-OEM serial number can either be purchased at AHead or maybe you can find one on the Internet (keep in mind that I do not approve the use of illegal software! If you like it and use it, then BUY it!).

In Nero, click the menu "HELP" and then the option "Enter new serial number ...".
In Nero Express, click the blue question mark in the lower left corner (Nero Express - Entering a new serial number), in the upcoming menu choose "Enter new serial number".

A popup will appear, allowing you to enter a new (non-OEM) serial number:

Nero/Nero Express: Enter new serial number...

Enter the new serial number and click "OK". Click "Cancel" if you changed your mind.

Nero / Nero Express will shutdown, and you will need to restart Nero / Nero Express.

You can check the version number (as described above) to see if it worked OK.

 


 

 


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