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Microsoft Office 2003 trial - problems

by jbass4west / February 24, 2006 4:13 AM PST

Dear All,

I have downloaded Microsoft Office 2003 standard edition. My trial runs out very soon & I entered a key code given to me by a friend (stupid I know).

The code did not work & I am now limited to opening office 50 times or so before it becomes useless.

I would like to upgrade to the full version & I of course am willing to pay.

The question is how do I do this & can I upgrade from a website or do I have to buy the package off the shelf & install?

If I re-install the software will I lose all of my items (emails) in Outlook & my folders?

Please help,

Kind regards,


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It's simpler than you suspect.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2006 4:19 AM PST

Go to a store. Buy the Office package. Go home, install it.

If you can't afford Office, please look at using Open Office from

As to pirated Office, the issues run deep here. Microsoft has laid many traps, which you have now discovered.


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by jbass4west / February 24, 2006 4:35 AM PST

Dear Bob,

Thanks for the reply. But will installing wipe my email folders & emails in Outlook?

Kind regards

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Re: reinstall Office
by Kees Bakker / February 24, 2006 6:12 AM PST
In reply to: BOB

The answer to your question is NO. Your Outlook folders will stay.

But the only really GOOD answer to your question is "You won't lose anything (including mail) that you've got on a backup medium and you will eventually lose EVERYTHING you don't have on a backup medium".
So the only GOOD thing to do before embarking on installing another version of the program is to find out how to backup your personal data (including mail, but I'm sure you've got other things also you're more or less attached to).


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To repeat the only good answer...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2006 6:21 AM PST
In reply to: BOB

To steal that phrase...

What many only learn too late is that what's on a hard disk is temporary storage. Somewhere from the next word you read to the next few years it will go missing.

Those that don't believe, soon become believers.

-> While it's not a good idea to live without a backup of what you can't lose, in theory and most of the time installing office does not wipe out your files.


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