Activating Office on a new computer

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Jill B.

I just got a new computer. I had already installed and activated Office Home
and Student 2007 on my old computer. I also have it on my son's. I need to
put this on my daughter's computer yet. So, how do I change the activation
so my old computer is not counted in the three activated computers? I will
not be using my old computer any more.
 
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Colin Barnhorst

Jill B. said:
I just got a new computer. I had already installed and activated Office
Home
and Student 2007 on my old computer. I also have it on my son's. I need
to
put this on my daughter's computer yet. So, how do I change the
activation
so my old computer is not counted in the three activated computers? I
will
not be using my old computer any more.


I take it that it not installed on the "old" computer now.

You do not unactivate software. You install it on the new computer and
activate it there. If the activation server thinks it is a fourth
activation it will instruct you to use phone activation. The agent will ask
you how many computers you have it on and will give you the activation
string once you confirm that you are not exceeding the limit.
 
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Nonny

I take it that it not installed on the "old" computer now.

You do not unactivate software. You install it on the new computer and
activate it there. If the activation server thinks it is a fourth
activation it will instruct you to use phone activation. The agent will ask
you how many computers you have it on and will give you the activation
string once you confirm that you are not exceeding the limit.

I don't know if that's true with Office 2007 or not.

I know it's not true with Adobe Acrobat (full version), which MUST be
deactivated - there is such an option in the program itself - on one
of two computers it's installed on before it can be then installed on
another computer.

No telephone interaction is needed at all. And the deactivation is
instant, allowing installation on the other machine right afterwards.
 
M

Mick Murphy

If you DON'T know if it is true or not about Office 2007, go away!
I think people take Colin's advice, over yours!

Your useless garbage about Acrobat is NOT required
 
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Nonny

If you DON'T know if it is true or not about Office 2007, go away!
I think people take Colin's advice, over yours!

Your useless garbage about Acrobat is NOT required

You really are a sorry old piece of kangaroo dung, y'know?
 
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Colin Barnhorst

Nonny said:
I don't know if that's true with Office 2007 or not.

I know it's not true with Adobe Acrobat (full version), which MUST be
deactivated - there is such an option in the program itself - on one
of two computers it's installed on before it can be then installed on
another computer.

No telephone interaction is needed at all. And the deactivation is
instant, allowing installation on the other machine right afterwards.


There is no way in Office Home and Student 2007 to deactivate. Activation
is the same as with Windows. If the product key is showing as in use (in
this case three instances) at MS and the hardware hash indicates different
hardware then the user is channeled into phone activation and the phone
activation agent processes.
 
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Nonny

There is no way in Office Home and Student 2007 to deactivate. Activation
is the same as with Windows. If the product key is showing as in use (in
this case three instances) at MS and the hardware hash indicates different
hardware then the user is channeled into phone activation and the phone
activation agent processes.

I wonder what MS sees as a drawback in the way Adobe handles its own
very expensive piece of software.
 
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John D. Sheridan

Nonny said:
I wonder what MS sees as a drawback in the way Adobe handles its own
very expensive piece of software.

The fact that it doesn't force you to buy another copy of Acrobat when you
want to get a new computer?

I'm just sayin'

John
 
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Colin Barnhorst

Nonny said:
On Sat, 19 Jul 2008 16:58:47 -0600, "Colin Barnhorst"

I wonder what MS sees as a drawback in the way Adobe handles its own
very expensive piece of software.


I don't see the need.
 
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Nonny

The fact that it doesn't force you to buy another copy of Acrobat when you
want to get a new computer?

I'm just sayin'

John

We're talking about MS Office activation here, not an operating system
activation.

Office can be installed on two seperate computers. If one uninstalls
on one of those two and then installs on a third computer, apparently
phone activation is required.

With Acrobat, merely select to deactivate one of the installations
(must be online) and you can then install on a third machine with no
phone interaction required.
 
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John D. Sheridan

Nonny said:
We're talking about MS Office activation here, not an operating system
activation.

Yes, I know that.
Office can be installed on two seperate computers. If one uninstalls
on one of those two and then installs on a third computer, apparently
phone activation is required.

With Acrobat, merely select to deactivate one of the installations
(must be online) and you can then install on a third machine with no
phone interaction required.

MS just makes it harder because they really want you to buy another copy,
that's all I'm saying. Yes, the phone activation option is there, if you
can convince them you aren't pirating it. Yes, I've called them before with
a totally legit install, and it was no small feat to get a new key from
them.

YMMV.

John
 
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Colin Barnhorst

John D. Sheridan said:
MS just makes it harder because they really want you to buy another copy,
that's all I'm saying. Yes, the phone activation option is there, if you
can convince them you aren't pirating it. Yes, I've called them before
with a totally legit install, and it was no small feat to get a new key
from them.

YMMV.

John

Nonsense. They make it harder because of the history of casual copying.
That's the whole reason for activation in the first place in both Office and
Windows.
 

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