How do I transfer MS Office 2007 off of disembodied laptop hard drive and install it on a desktop? RRS feed

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  • My laptop is inoperable (keyboard wont work  even with an external one) and MS Office 2007 on it.  I bought it (laptop)at Bestbuy and they are going to send it out for repair.  The Geek Squad guy said that they may need to replace/wipe the hard drive.  Before that I need to transfer my files off of the hard drive with a 2.5" hard drive enclosure and connect it to my desktop.  I only have one (1) install of Office and its on my laptop.  How do I get Office onto my desktop without burning 2 installs.  I don't know how to destroy the old hard drive copy as I heard I had to.  I don't know how to or can't uninstall it from my hard drive that I removed from the laptop. 
    Friday, October 30, 2009 5:31 AM


  • Hello Roy,

      If you bought the Office seperate from the Computer, then use the same Office disks you used to install on the laptop, to install on the desktop.

      If your Office came with your computer, it should have come with re-install disks.  However, you will need to referre to the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) terms to see if that Office is licensed to be moved to a different computer. 

    NOTE: Most Microsoft software that comes pre-installed on a computer is what is known as OEM and the Licensing Terms for OEM software restrict the software to only be allowed to run on the first computer it is installed on.  Some manufacturers may install a Retail copy of Office, on the computer they sell, in which case, Retail Licensing terms allow the software to be moved to a different computer. 

    Hope that helps,
    Darin MS
    Friday, October 30, 2009 7:15 PM