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Recovering OEM Word

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There is an old Tech Republic article, 200 Ways to Revive a Dead Hard Drive that may help you recover the drive long enough to get the product keys.

Start with the deep freeze method. You might get one boot and enough time to install and run a keyfinder.

For any version of Word, the owner must have a product key somewhere. It might be in an email, or may have been electronically transmitted when they registered the trial version.

The only other real hope for a mainstream system is the recovery partition or disk set.

If all else fails, point them to any of the open source office suites. I like Libre Office.