locked
Same old question RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am no computer geek, so please just give me a simple, real answer if possible.

    My daughter got a new laptop with the trial version of office 2007 on it. It's now played out. Where can I get a new 2007 office software package or product key so we can try to continue living. I have looked at a million links that just go in circles. THANKS!

    • Changed type Carey FrischMVP Friday, December 10, 2010 6:34 AM Comment is actually a Question
    Thursday, December 9, 2010 9:12 PM

Answers

  • Hello Michael Partial,

    Microsoft released Office 2010 this past summer, so they no longer sell Office 2007 nor do they offer a way to purchase an Office 2007 product key online to convert the Trial to a perpetually licensed product.  Smaller neighborhood computer shops may have older stocks of Office 2007, but the big stores do not carry it anymore.

    IMO your best course of action is to uninstall the now-expired Office 2007 Trial, then download and install the Trial of Office 2010 that would best meet your needs.  During the Trial period, and when the Trial is over, you'll be able to purchase a product key directly from Microsoft to convert it to a perpetually licensed product.

    If you see a better price locally (as compared to the full price at the microsoft website) for the edition of Office 2010 you want, you can buy Office at the local store and use the product key in the package to activate and convert the Trial to a perpetually licensed product.  You will also see "Product Key Cards" (PKC) in the stores, which are somewhat cheaper than the traditional package with discs included.  Know that the PKC can activate only one installation of Office on one computer and that installation cannot be moved to any other computer, even if the computer dies.  OTOH, the license you get with the traditional package with discs, and online from Microsoft, allows you to install Office on two computers (or three if Office Home and Student 2010) and allows you to move those licenses from old computers to new computers as desired.  That's a better value.

    Uninstalling the Trial will not delete or affect your existing documents and data, but it's always a good idea to backup data and docs whem making a big change to your computer like installing or uninstallig a major program.  If your Office 2007 Trial included Outlook and you were using that for email, uninstalling Office with Outlook won't delete your email saved to the computer, but it will be unavailable until the new Office with Outlook is installed.

    Here's the Office 2010 Trial site:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/try/

    Thursday, December 9, 2010 9:36 PM

All replies

  • Hello Michael Partial,

    Microsoft released Office 2010 this past summer, so they no longer sell Office 2007 nor do they offer a way to purchase an Office 2007 product key online to convert the Trial to a perpetually licensed product.  Smaller neighborhood computer shops may have older stocks of Office 2007, but the big stores do not carry it anymore.

    IMO your best course of action is to uninstall the now-expired Office 2007 Trial, then download and install the Trial of Office 2010 that would best meet your needs.  During the Trial period, and when the Trial is over, you'll be able to purchase a product key directly from Microsoft to convert it to a perpetually licensed product.

    If you see a better price locally (as compared to the full price at the microsoft website) for the edition of Office 2010 you want, you can buy Office at the local store and use the product key in the package to activate and convert the Trial to a perpetually licensed product.  You will also see "Product Key Cards" (PKC) in the stores, which are somewhat cheaper than the traditional package with discs included.  Know that the PKC can activate only one installation of Office on one computer and that installation cannot be moved to any other computer, even if the computer dies.  OTOH, the license you get with the traditional package with discs, and online from Microsoft, allows you to install Office on two computers (or three if Office Home and Student 2010) and allows you to move those licenses from old computers to new computers as desired.  That's a better value.

    Uninstalling the Trial will not delete or affect your existing documents and data, but it's always a good idea to backup data and docs whem making a big change to your computer like installing or uninstallig a major program.  If your Office 2007 Trial included Outlook and you were using that for email, uninstalling Office with Outlook won't delete your email saved to the computer, but it will be unavailable until the new Office with Outlook is installed.

    Here's the Office 2010 Trial site:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/try/

    Thursday, December 9, 2010 9:36 PM
  • Great Dan! That was Soooo much easier than Googling for hours on end. I'll do just as you said then with a trial of 2010. Thanks buddy
    Thursday, December 9, 2010 10:50 PM