Anything you buy will already be out-of-date, so you'll have to update it, which you will already have done with your current subscription. 2004 has no real advantage over 2003 so, for my money renewal is the easier option. There are also problems uninstalling Norton and installing over the top can also be a little fraught. You will definitely get a fresh 12 months out of your renewal and then, with the software 2 years old it may be worthn considering an update. Let's wait and see. So far as the freebies are concerned, there are many who consider them better value for money but I have my doubts. You tend to get what you pay for, but that's your decision.