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Restore XP without losing Office

by workitcnet / July 28, 2011 7:01 AM PDT

Good Afternoon! We recently took a computer out of our network in our small business. I would like to give the computer to an employee but before I do that, I want to make sure everything is wiped off of it. I don't want to lose the additional programs we've installed, like Office, but I don't want logins or settings or files to go home with the employee. Also, this computer is rather old and we no longer have the CDs for the programs. Is this possible to do with these restrictions? And if so, what do I need to do? Big THANK YOU in advance!

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Re: restore XP without losing Office
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 28, 2011 7:15 AM PDT

That's not really 100% possible.

I'd do a clean install of XP from the CD, let it run through all Windows updates (takes some time!), install a free antivirus and either install MS Office (using the original CD and the original license code, that Belarc can find for you) or - if you don't have that CD anymore - OpenOffice.

Without knowing what CD's you lost it's impossible to recommend replacements. But may I remark that it is bad systems management if you have no CD, but are still using those programs on other PC's in your small business. If you don't use them at all anymore, why care about them?


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Re: Re: restore XP without losing Office
by workitcnet / July 28, 2011 10:09 AM PDT

I don't have the CDs because this computer was left from the previous owner. The new owner has been here now 8 years so obviously, the computer was way past the date it should have been put down. The CDs were not given to the new owner at the time of purchase of the business so I am unable to get them now. The other computers are newer and have updated software with their own licenses. I understand that it's bad systems management to be without the original information but it is out of my control and the fact is I don't have them.
Obviously, this answer doesn't solve my problem because I am unable to attain said CDs. Does anyone have any other options I might try? Once again, thanks in advance!

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Then make the best of it.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 28, 2011 5:10 PM PDT

- Make a new administrator account.
- Make a new account for the future owner
- Delete all other accounts
- Delete all company-specific information that might exist in other folders.
- Use ccleaner to cleanup as much you can (but not the registry)


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by workitcnet / July 29, 2011 6:41 AM PDT

It looks like I can't do what I'd like to so your list is perfect. Thanks for the help!!

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The answer is still no. But why not install another Office?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2011 10:11 AM PDT

There is Open Office and more out there!

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by workitcnet / July 29, 2011 6:49 AM PDT

Ok thanks. That's what I needed to know.
I don't want to install a new Office because I don't want to buy a new license and I don't have the original information. This computer is going home with an employee free of charge so I don't want to pay to upgrade anything.

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