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MS Office 2003 - multiple installs?

by bill999 / October 29, 2005 9:25 AM PDT

Ordered laptop for college-bound daughter with MS Office 2003 since she wanted it. College provides this and other applications free so I'm sitting at home with the never used cd. Can I sell this and can anyone use it? It's the real thing with holograms and the product key on the case. Disc says for distribution with a new PC only. Just want to get my $99.00 back.

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Have a look at the EULA.
by Kees Bakker / October 29, 2005 9:06 PM PDT

It comes up when you install the software, and you agreed to it when continuing. This version, I think, will be licensed for 1 computer only. Full-priced versions will be licensed for desktop and laptop of same owner. So the legal answer should be "no".

In practice, with Office 2003, the license will be checked online by Microsoft while registering the product, and it won't work on a second computer.

Read through for a more thorough discussion. http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-7813-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=112954&messageID=1282770

You paid $99 for Office 2003, which is cheap. No real reason to "getting back your money"
But you could have asked you daughter if she really needed Office 2003. Most college kids can do everything they need for school with the free OpenOffice suite from www.openoffice.com. Too late now.


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Is it unused?
by Alan Copeland / October 29, 2005 11:34 PM PDT

You wrote: "I'm sitting at home with the never used cd."

If it was never installed and therefore registered with MS, you should be able to sell it or put it on another PC. if it was installed, Kees is correct.

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MS Office 2003 - multiple installs?
by bill999 / October 30, 2005 1:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Is it unused?

CD has never left the package. Came in box with laptop from Compaq because I ordered it. It's not keyed to the new laptop which is away at college, is it? Whoever has this cd is the owner and can install and register it according to MS terms. Right?

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Terms = no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 30, 2005 2:00 AM PST

You are simply mincing words here. The terms of that license was to use it on the supplied hardware. Dance all you wish but we all know that you wish it was not so.

-> What to do?

Try it. Microsoft's new license system has teeth in the enforcement and if it won't work, it fails. To add a kick to the enforcement since it's an OEM version you have to call Compaq (now HP) for support for install issues. Can you imagine what they tell you when you try to install the HP/Compaq supplied OEM software on a non-HP/Compaq?


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MS Office 2003 - multiple installs?
by bill999 / October 30, 2005 2:38 AM PST
In reply to: Terms = no.

Right again, Bob. I slid the disc out and read in fine print "for support, contact the manufacturer of your PC". I guess I'll just try to load it on my home PC since it's a Compaq too. Case closed. Warning: I checked ebay and there are discs that look just like mine for sale in the $70.00 plus range.

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