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Moving from MS Office Trial to Full version

by Jane917 / October 2, 2010 1:43 AM PDT

I bought a new PC a couple of months ago and have been using Office Home and Student 2007 trial version. It is now expired. I would like to continue with this version. I realized I can convert to the full version for $149. However, is it too late for me to purchase a product key for the download, or should I have done that when I bought the PC? If I purchase the product key (at a much lower cost than the DVDs). I really don't need to install Office on my desktop, though it has 2003, but I don't use it much for any type of productivity.

If I go to a 3rd party (such as Amazon) and purchase the DVDs, rather than convert online, should I uninstall the whole trial version before I do a full install? What will happen to my e-mail program?

Thanks for all the help.

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Where would you purchase the key from?
by MDFlax / October 3, 2010 5:38 AM PDT

I ask because I would have thought the Product Key would have cost the same on it's own as with the DVD. The cost of the DVD is negligible except may be postage and shipping.

If this is available from Microsoft then they should have full instructions for using their key.


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There is a difference in price
by Jane917 / October 3, 2010 8:27 AM PDT

Actually, there appears to be about a $30 difference in price by purchasing the product key rather than the DVD. And there is quite a difference in price between Amazon and MS.

If you purchase the DVDs, you can use MS Office on 3 computers. The key is good for only 1 computer.

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converting trial version
by Joliet Eddie / October 5, 2010 4:36 AM PDT

In any case, you have to purchase a key to convert the trial. You can go to any retail outlet (like Staples or Officemax or BestBuy) where they sell what looks like a box with a DVD in it, but only really has the product key for one license. OR you can buy the slightly higher priced version that has a key that will work on 3 computers. You should be able to buy these 1key or 3key versions online, too. Last I notice, the one-computer key was $99 and the 3-computer key was $149. I don't know that I've seen anything cheaper lately. You do not need to uninstall the trial version, only enter the legitimate product key. I've done that with downloaded trial versions.

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by jeannie2u2 / October 17, 2010 5:55 PM PDT

I just downloaded office 2010, but cant finish cause i dont have the key, I am so new to all this, i need help please.
thanks, jeannie

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Not the same problem
by MDFlax / October 17, 2010 9:29 PM PDT
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