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Have decided to reinstall Outlook

by pwallace63 / April 4, 2008 4:52 AM PDT

It was installed by a tech who had it on a "stick." I don't have the original CD's. I assume that I have a reg. # for Microsoft Office, but don't have CD's for it either.

I'm reinstalling it because it just seems full of bugs. I can't open hyperlinks in email. It is running WAAAAY too slow. It stopped sending contacts enclosed in parentheses (IT put the parentheses there!). It won't import my calendar to my Ipod, or to my Hotmail account. I'm actually going to have to go back to a PAPER calendar. Yikes!

Question: How can I reinstall without the original CD's, and without losing what I have there now (dozens of emails, and 125 contacts)?

Thanks, Peg

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Re: reinstalling Outlook without CD's.
by Kees Bakker / April 4, 2008 4:59 AM PDT

That's impossible.
And it's quite doubtful that you have a valid license and a valid registry number that you can use on a "borrowed" CD.
In fact, it's doubtful that you can even UNINSTALL it without the CD.

The way to go: to the shop. And buy it.
If you've got a backup of your data, you most probably won't lose it. If you don't have a backup you probably won't use it. Uninstalling Outlook leaves the data intact.


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Went to the "help" menu
by pwallace63 / April 4, 2008 5:11 AM PDT

and it is licensed to me, with a proper reg and ID #. I just don't have the CD's.

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MS will replace lost media.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2008 5:17 AM PDT
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Best of luck then.
by Kees Bakker / April 4, 2008 8:08 AM PDT

Microsoft might ask some questions if it's Office XP or earlier or not registered by you (starting with Office 2003, it has to be activated and Microsoft knows that it's a unique license).

And if your tech with his USB-stick was a crook with a cracked copy, they might have that registration number and ID blacklisted.
But if it's a proper copy there won't be much troubles.


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Hey, thanks so much
by pwallace63 / April 5, 2008 2:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Best of luck then.

I'll try this. About the tech, he could be a crook, for all I know. I thought I could trust him, but he "accidentally" wiped my HD on my PC. I do really think it was an accident. He was a good salesman, but a lousy computer tech. Luckily, I had an external drive at home that allowed me to recover almost everything except my emails. I have the wiped HD, and thought I might take it to someone to see if they could recover anything, but I decided that he probably did something that made that impossible, since he had it for sale when I went back to get it.


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