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Office 2003 Basic - install one license on both notebook and desktop RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi there

    I have read that non-OEM editions of Office can be installed on both a notebook and a desktop PC, despite you only owning one license.

    Is this the case with Office 2003 Basic?

    Also, in terms of online activation, is it possible to de-activate a copy to get one of your installation attempts back, or do you have to phone up when you run out?
    Monday, March 9, 2009 4:47 PM

Answers

  • Hello NFlcoluk,


    Thank you for visiting the Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program forum. Your post is out of scope for the OGA program forum as well as out of our expertise. Depending on what Vista version you currently have would dictate the transferability and license terms.  Please read your End User Licensing Agreement (EULA). In order to read your EULA, click Start>Run, type winver and click OK, then click on the link for the license terms or EULA.

    Questions regarding Software Licensing Terms can be found at the following link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/useterms/default.aspx

    Volume licensing customers can use the Microsoft Volume Licensing site to find contact information in their locations. See the following link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/default.mspx  

    For additional information about Certificates of Authenticity (COA), see the following link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/default.aspx?displaylang=en

    Additional Information:

    For licensing questions, please call 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist.

    Thank you for visiting us in the WGA program forum.


     
    Stephen


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    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, March 9, 2009 11:25 PM
    Monday, March 9, 2009 11:25 PM

All replies

  • Hi Nflcoluk,

    The best way to understand the licensing terms that apply to your exact situation is to read the End User Licensing Agreement.

    Here's how to display the EULA for Office 2003 programs:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HP010957201033.aspx

    Microsoft Product Activation assumes that current installations trump previous installations.  So there are no delineated deactivation steps per se.  Maintaining compliance with the EULA and assuming your EULA permits moving software from one computer to another and permits additional installations on one license of course, just go ahead and do your next installation.  If there are available installations, this new one will be recorded on the activation servers.  If you are at your maximum, another installation may trigger a need to telphonically activate (you will receive a warning message saying you have activated the product too many times).  Once that is complete, once of the previous installatons should be expected to be identified as a nongenuine installation upon Validation at some point in the future.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, March 9, 2009 11:24 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, March 9, 2009 11:25 PM
    Monday, March 9, 2009 8:38 PM
  • Hmm... I didn't see anything about using two copies at the same time, but then the EULA looked to be generic to me. I've definitely heard of MS allowing two installations per licence so long as it is the same owner, but I am wondering under what circumstances.

    Anyone from MS care to give an official answer?
    Monday, March 9, 2009 9:50 PM
  • Hello NFlcoluk,


    Thank you for visiting the Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program forum. Your post is out of scope for the OGA program forum as well as out of our expertise. Depending on what Vista version you currently have would dictate the transferability and license terms.  Please read your End User Licensing Agreement (EULA). In order to read your EULA, click Start>Run, type winver and click OK, then click on the link for the license terms or EULA.

    Questions regarding Software Licensing Terms can be found at the following link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/useterms/default.aspx

    Volume licensing customers can use the Microsoft Volume Licensing site to find contact information in their locations. See the following link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/default.mspx  

    For additional information about Certificates of Authenticity (COA), see the following link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/default.aspx?displaylang=en

    Additional Information:

    For licensing questions, please call 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist.

    Thank you for visiting us in the WGA program forum.


     
    Stephen


    Attention All Forum Users: Please Do Not post your issue in someone else's Thread...Create your own which will help minimize confusion. If any post fixes your issue, please click the "Post was Helpful" button for that post. This will help us showcase the threads that best help our customers. Thank you, Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, March 9, 2009 11:25 PM
    Monday, March 9, 2009 11:25 PM