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Office 2007 Product Key / Activation after Changing both Hard Drive and OS RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am getting ready to:
    - change out my current HD, on which I am running Vista, for a brand-new SSD...
    - on which I then plan to install Windows 7 (full, not upgrade).

    I then want to put Office 2007 back on my machine with my existing product key. Will I have any issues during activation? It's the same machine, but a new hard drive and OS.

    (I believe, but am not sure, that the product key is an OEM key that came with my laptop when I bought it. However, there is a chance that it is a full retail key -- I don't remember 100%)

    Thanks!
    Monday, November 2, 2009 5:45 AM

Answers

  • Hello SmallBusinessOwner,

    You wrote, "So, the question really is, from MS's point of view, will my laptop still be the "same machine" after my hardware upgrades?"

    Yes, same machine.  The basis for determination is the motherboard (which is very interchangeable on a desktop computer but much, much less so on a laptop) which you have not changed.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, November 4, 2009 9:52 PM
    Tuesday, November 3, 2009 2:26 PM

All replies

  • Hello SmallBusinessOwner,

    In order to receive the best support, we request all users initially download and run the Genuine Diagnostics tool at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012. Click the "Continue" button, click the "Copy" button, then paste the report into your post.


    If your Office is Genuine now, it will be Genuine after you complete the move that you described.  The report will tell us the details, for example what kind of license it is.

    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Monday, November 2, 2009 5:10 PM
  • Thanks Dan. There is no question that my Office is Genuine now and will be later. The question is about whether the Activation process will think I'm trying to activate it on a different machine after I change the OS (Vista 32bit to 7 64bit), the hard drive (HD to SSD) and the memory (2gb to 4gb). As it is (I believe) an OEM Office key, I would not be allowed to activate it on a different machine. So, the question really is, from MS's point of view, will my laptop still be the "same machine" after my hardware upgrades?
    Monday, November 2, 2009 8:53 PM
  • Hello SmallBusinessOwner,

    You wrote, "So, the question really is, from MS's point of view, will my laptop still be the "same machine" after my hardware upgrades?"

    Yes, same machine.  The basis for determination is the motherboard (which is very interchangeable on a desktop computer but much, much less so on a laptop) which you have not changed.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, November 4, 2009 9:52 PM
    Tuesday, November 3, 2009 2:26 PM
  • Ok, thanks!
    Thursday, November 5, 2009 6:37 AM