Some Microsoft Office versions allow for an installation on one work desktop and another on a laptop for home use..But the version number and the EULA are important..For most Office 2002 and later versions, they require "validation" much like Windows XP does and as such, it won't be legal to do as you ask..It's one installation on one computer and the validation will identify such..
Despite all this, for Microsoft Office, you'll need the installation CD to install it on another computer. It can't simply be transfered over by moving some files. Although the OEM Recovery CD's that came with the original computer will allow you to reinstall on the original computer, it won't allow to install anything on a different computer with different hardware, etc.
Hope this helps.
I have two systems running windows XP. One is a several year old Dell desktop. The other is a newly purchased Toshiba laptop. I'd like to get rid of the desktop, but my laptop does not have MS Office which came preloaded on the desktop. After a browser, Office is the program I use the most. Since, I assume, I paid for the license to use MS Office with the purchase of my old desktop, I'd like to move it from my old computer to my new computer and save the $150.00 to get a new copy.
The problem is that because the product came pre-loaded, I don't have discs. Is there a way to copy the program files and move it between computers? Is this as simple as copying the office file onto media and moving the files between computers? Is there another way around this? Am I totally ignorant and will MS just give me hard copies of the disks if I still have the software documentation that came with the desktop? If I were to do this is it illegal (of course I could wade through my user agreement...but if you know). Thanks for any help