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Office 2007 upgrade question

by tbnewbold / September 28, 2009 2:28 AM PDT

I have a licensed Office 2003 Standard installed on one computer. I am about to purchase a new laptop and will purchase Office 2007 Standard upgrade version at the same time. Does anyone know if I can install Office 2007 on my new machine (via an upgrade CD) and leave Office 2003 on my old computer (which will become a spare machine at my house)? I guess I am trying to figure out if (a) by using my old Office 2003 as the basis for a 2007 upgrade, does that wipe out my old Office 2003 license? and (b) if (a) is yes, since I only have it installed on one machine now, could I just install 2007 on my old machine too? I would like for the old machine to still have Office as a backup when I don't bring my new laptop home from the office (and just use a flash drive).

Thanks for any insights.

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Re: office 2007
by Kees Bakker / September 28, 2009 3:08 AM PDT

The retail version of Home and Student edition of Office 2007 allows three installs. You only need two. That wouldn't be a problem.

An upgrade, of course, replaces the license for the upgraded product. If you want to use both, you need two licenses.


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Office 2007 upgrade question - follow up
by tbnewbold / September 28, 2009 4:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: office 2007

Just to be clear, I have Office 2003 Standard and will be purchasing an upgrade for Office 2007 Standard (not Home and Student version). It will be used for both business and home use (my work and home computer are one and the same). From what I understand, Office 2007 Standard can go on two machines (e.g, home machine and work machine) so I should be OK. I just wasn't sure if I actually had to upgrade my old machine from 2003 to 2007 or if I could just leave it as 2003. Your response suggests that the license for the 2003 version will be gone once I use it to upgrade the new machine to 2007.

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I think it will be gone legally.
by Kees Bakker / September 28, 2009 6:42 AM PDT

But I doubt if it will be gone technically. Worth a try?


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I think it will be gone legally - reply
by tbnewbold / September 28, 2009 7:58 AM PDT

Yes, probably worth a try. Worst case is I have to upgrade the old machine too.


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