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Microsoft office activation

by mitchell2.0 / September 18, 2008 4:51 PM PDT

I got microsoft office 2003, and installed it on my computer. Now I have upgraded, and I cant get it onto my new one, because you can only activate it once. Does anyone know a way around this stupid system?

Why cant you deactivate it, so that you can activate it on your new machine?

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Look into
by Willy / September 19, 2008 12:06 AM PDT

You lack system details, but I suspect this is an OEM version of Office. if so, then yeah its stuck on that brand or system. You can't re-install elsewhere and/or is part of the s/w bundle. Now, you see why many like&dislike Office. I suggest you contact online MS support and see what the real answer is. They provide mucho info on such topics, just query at MS. if you like try OpenOffice, StarOffice or similar Office replacements. You can read your MS file sunder these pgms.
Here's a quick link:

Again, contact MS support for what maybe causing your issue. Though, your OEM system maker should be the primary source. If not OEM type Office, then MS.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Here's something.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 19, 2008 12:12 AM PDT

Look at and install that. Now you can open, edit, print your .DOC, .XLS, and other MS Office files while you call the source of your office to ask them what to do.

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I see why people would dislike office
by mitchell2.0 / September 19, 2008 2:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Here's something.

Microsoft office I would say is the best software of its type, but if you have to phone them and then hope they beleive your story, or pay a few hundred dollars again, i see why people would dislike it.

Anyway, ill give it a try

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by Renegade Knight / September 20, 2008 1:01 AM PDT

We have 2003. It came with "2 Seats" meaning I can have it on two machines. Once when installing it I hit my install limit. NP that was when I thought I had 3 seats like what I had read online.

In time I got new computers refomated old ones and kept up with keeping this on 2 computers. I've never had a problem but the one.

Along comes 2007 and we got that. It also has 2 seats. I was very careful to keep it on two computers while my son (It was a gift for his laptop for graduation and for college) was waiting on his laptop, and then when he got his laptop we installed it there. Not once did I ever have this one more than 2 computers. It won't work on his laptop. "too many installs". So the DRM for the product is preventing it from working for the purpose that I bought it. He's going to have to call MicroSoft and ask for a key. Since he's the kind to have to reformat his computer once a year, it's going to be a nuisance.

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