Installing MS Office already on PC

By john.a.wills ·
I have bought a new PC, with XP installed and a lot of files copied from my old PC. Whenever I try to read a Word file I get asked if I want to install Office and asked what my key is. I do not know the key. I am told one has to buy it from MS; however, my inspection of the MS site shows how to buy via download and what to do with a CD, but not how to get a key for installation when the product already resides on the PC. Can anyone read the MS site better than I can?

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Did you read this article?

by Ron K. In reply to Installing MS Office alre ... <br>
Unless you <i>really </i> need to give Microsoft money you could try's free office suite. It won't open MS Office's latest files but it will work with everything up to Office 2007. MS Office can open OO.o's files. <br>

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it might be a trial copy

by BizIntelligence In reply to Installing MS Office alre ...

installed on your pc...when trial period is expired then it constantly prompt you to put valid key...

If you want to see if it is vaild copy with a key then install Belarc Advisor (
It can create a pc profile (html file) which shows all (most of them) software installed and their keys...

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Belarc interesting but does not solve problem

by john.a.wills In reply to it might be a trial copy

Belarc gives me 2007 Office in a list, but no key. When I type in another key I get an immediate message that I have it wrong.

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Just so that I'm clear on something.

by Ron K. In reply to Belarc interesting but do ...

Are you saying that Office 2007 shows up under the Software Licenses heading in Belarc and doesn't have a license key next to it? I'm interested to know because that would be something new to me about Belarc.

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not under the software licenses heading

by john.a.wills In reply to Just so that I'm clear on ...

but under the Software Versions and usage section.

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This was a link in the previous article I posted.

by Ron K. In reply to Belarc interesting but do ... <br>
It's entitled, "How to obtain a new product key for a Microsoft Office suite." It explains in detail, step by step, what you have to do to solve your problem.

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disinclined at the moment...

by john.a.wills In reply to This was a link in the pr ...

"If you cannot find the product key for your trial version, you have to purchase a full version of the product." There is a link to a section about finding a trial-version product key, but the link does not work. I have installed with a blank product key, and that should give me 20 uses. An annoying thing is that I already have Word 97 installed, but 2007 seems to take precedence.

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I suggest

by santeewelding In reply to disinclined at the moment ...

That your already considerable expertise is getting in the way of all the help coming your way.

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When you buy a copy of M$ Office either by buying a CD or Downloading

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Installing MS Office alre ...

A copy direct from the M$ Web Site you get provided a Product key on the Packaging or in the case of a Downloaded copy M$ send you a E-Mail with the Product Key.

Your description of your computer sounds like you have a 60 Day Trial Copy of Office 2007 and that it has either expired or that when you try to open a Document from a previous version of Word it is attempting to verify a legit copy of Office is installed.


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Probably a trial copy.

by lars_honeytoast In reply to Installing MS Office alre ...

The product key is most likely for a trial version of Office and not a full version.

Most "just bought" PCs come with an evaluation copy of Office, but you have to pay for the full version.

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