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    by jugaphilip ·

    I,have install and uninstall trial version office 2003 and want to back to office 2002 which I,had before install 2003,not able to retrieve.

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    • #3059970

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      by hozcanhan ·

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      philip you have to reinstall 2002 . probably you have written over some common installed files and you can’t simply retrieve 2002 back . sorry to say .

      • #3070583

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        by jugaphilip ·

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        Thank you for an your view.How do MS does not mention anything when install trial version of office 2003,that can not be retrieve old version again.

    • #3070671

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      by hal 9000 ·

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      The reinstall option is really the right way to go as when you install the “time bombs” from MS they overwrite the existing applications.

      You’ll need to grab the original Install CD and reinstall the older product which incidentally was called Office XP does that help you find the product? you’ll also need the product Key and you’ll have to reactivate the product once it is installed but over all it’s no big deal.

      If you only have a Recovery CD that came with the computer you’ll have to try a repair install of Office XP if it’s on the recovery CD as some companies slipstream all the desired products onto the 1 CD with just the required parts of Windows and the applications that they sell you and while I’ve never seen Office XP slip streamed that way I’ve certainly seen Star Office come on the Recovery CD of a Compaq NB.

      Col

      • #3070582

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        by jugaphilip ·

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        Thank you for reply.Unfortunatly I,don’t have original CD.Is there anyway to reinstall office 2002 such as download from any source or get CD.I,had speak to MS several time but still not resolved.

    • #3068726

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      by hal 9000 ·

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      Unfortunately NO there is no way to legally get a copy of the Cd’s involved for Office XP or any other Office Product for that matter.

      The reason that files are over written is that Office uses the same folder to install the files to so the older files get over written in the install process of what MS themselves describe as the “Time Bombs” as they have a limited life and can not be reused after they have expired.

      If you do borrow a copy of the Office XP Install Cd’s and don’t have your original Product Key you are committing Piracy in installing the product with the Product Key that comes with the install Cd’s and MS take a very dim view of this type of action. But if you still have your original product key you can use any Install Cd’s to reinstall your copy of Office XP without a problems the actual Cd’s don’t have a product key on them but a subroutine that accepts Product Keys that fall into a certain range. Even the Small Business Edition of Office XP has 2 Cd’s and you should keep them as the second CD has items on it like templates and other things that are useful.

      If there is no other way you can always try Rolling Back the install to before you installed the Time Bomb and see if that does any good with System Restore but I wouldn’t be holding my breath with that one particularly if you’ve already uninstall ed the product.

      MS never give away anything for free there is always a catch so you should never under any circumstances use any “Trial MS Software” unless you have the ability to do a complete new clean install of the entire system. If you do not have that ability I would be extremely careful about applying any Patches for tire OS or other MS Products on your system as these have been known to break things and require a total reload of the system.

      • #3068725

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        by hal 9000 ·

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        You can always download Open Office for Windows and use that if all else fails that way you’ll have access to all your Office documents and at the same time not have any Licensing Issues with MS. You’ll find it here

        http://www.openoffice.org/index.html

        Col

      • #3071740

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        by jugaphilip ·

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        Thank you for reply I,do not have any influence in rush to install open office files until verify it is safe in totally also would like to give an my view of hint about over write files of office 2003 from office 2002.We always install media player version 10 from version 9 and reinstall version 9 without any over write files unlike these files.

    • #3071602

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      by hal 9000 ·

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      When you install Media Player 10 it goes into a different directory by default and that is not the case of Office which by default goes into the same folder and overwrites any files of the same name as what where already in that folder. The Trial Version or “Time Bomb” as MS call them have an extra Registry Hook that disables them after X number of days so it no longer works. If you had the original Install Cd’s it wouldn’t be a problem all you would need do is reinstall Office XP and you would be up and running again, but as you have already said that you do not have these Cd’s and can not get a copy the only option would be Open Office which installes into a different folder so it has Absolutely No Effect on MS Office if you ever get your hands on a copy of Office XP again. It also has the added advantage of being able to access every version of MS Office output and make it readable which is something that Office is incapable of doing.

      If you really have no control of what is installed and no control of what happens to the Install Cd’s and you have to use MS Office there is then only 1 option left someone is going to have to go out and buy the required number of Licenses for Office and since there is no hardware involved that will have to be a Retail Product unless you are looking at more than 5 copies in which case you can get a Volume License Copy and install the new version of MS Office. But if you are wanting to stick with MS Office it is going to cost you money and quite a lot of it Open Office on the other hand is free and works very well even better than MS Office.

      But as you say you do not have that authority in limiting the install of Time Bombs or storing the original Install Cd’s so it is then up to those who are to make the decision and bite the bullet and pay the money if they wish to continue using MS Office. 😉

      Col

      • #3053468

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        by jugaphilip ·

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        Thank you for reply.Can you give me little explanation about open office program,why did they create open office program.Does have any problem arise other than you explain me before over write files.If any can you give me some details.

    • #3053444

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      by hal 9000 ·

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      Open Office is the little brother of Star Office which is the saleable version of the product, Open Office is the previous version generally speaking and is the application used by all the Nix distributions well mainly but some do use Star Office. In an effort to prove just how good it is Open Office has been ported to Windows and works perfectly on that platform it doesn’t over write any files in Windows as it is written in a different method but it does add its own files/folders when installed naturally enough. You can install Open Office and remove it without a single problem and it has been bone by many more often than I care to think about. Of course if you want to pay for something you can always go with Star Office or even Coral Word Perfect Office both of the above work very nicely on a Windows platform.

      About the only possible problem with Open Office is that if you where using Open Office and you installed a Trial Version of Star Office when it became inactive there would be shared files that would interfere with the working of Open Office. Fortunately Star Office doesn’t release the Trial Version of their product but has Open Office as the trial version with no restrictions on its use.

      However as per normal with any Windows program if you uninstall it you always leave any “Shared Files” on the HDD as they may be useful to other applications. While no so likely with Open Office it is the standard procedure with every uninstall performed on Windows you never delete the “Shared Files” when given the option as normally they impact greatly upon the system and in cases mostly with MS products can prevent Windows from actually starting after the removal.

      • #3053443

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        by hal 9000 ·

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        But there are no files in MS Office or Windows that can be overwritten and adversely affect the operation of the system I currently have a Windows XP Pro computer here running MS Office XP, Corel Office 12, Star Office, 602 Office, Open Office and a couple of other Office applications with out a problem of any kind as far as different programs interfering with other similar office applications or any other program. About the only possible problem experienced is that constantly changing between running applications does become a bit confusing as they all look and work slightly differently.

        But as I have said previously if the Powers that Be want MS Office they will have to pay for it as they are the ones who have misplaced the original Cd’s and the Product Licenses and as they will not be buying the necessary hardware they should be buying Retail Copies of the Product to keep in Line with the Licensing Agreement of MS. Of course if there are more than 5 copies involved they can always buy a Volume License copy which has 1 set of Cd’s and several different Product Keys. But if all they are purchasing is MS Office as a Volume License I do not think that they are able to purchase Software Assurance for all MS Products which will provide new copies of the products for a 3 year period in every case where I have sold Software Assurance a Volume License of Windows has been involved.

        Col

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