Is there a way to activate a trial version of Office 2007 on a new laptop, using a product key from Office Home and Student edition 2007? RRS feed

  • Question

  • The Problem
    I recently purchased a netbook (MSI Wind) running Windows XP, which has a trial version of Office 2007 on it.  I already own Office Home and Student 2007, which I've installed on 2 computers at home (but not the maximum 3), so I tried to use that product key to unlock the trial.  It doesn't work.

    When I clicked the help button on the "enter the product key" page, it mentions an important point: "If you are converting a Trial version, you must use the Product Key from a Full version of the 2007 Microsoft Office system." 

    Does that mean that my only option is to uninstall the trial and reinstall my other version from scratch?  This normally wouldn't be a big deal, but since my netbook doesn't have a CD/DVD drive, it will be much more difficult.  What options do I have?  Is there any way to unlock Office with my existing key?

    What I've Tried
    I read as many forum posts on similar issues as I could find, and I read the support article "

    How to troubleshoot problems that you may experience when you try to activate a 2007 Office product

    " at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919895/, and tried all of its suggestions, including validating Office, deleting the opa12.dat file, and so on.  Nothing works.

    Thanks for your help.
    Monday, March 9, 2009 6:55 PM


All replies

  • Kstedman,

    It would appear that the Product Key you are trying to use is not from a Full Retail license for XP.

    How did you acquire the license for Office 2007 Home and Student?
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Monday, March 9, 2009 8:42 PM
  • Thanks for the reply.

    I'm not sure what you mean about "a Full Retail license for XP."  Office 2007 has different licenses for XP and Vista?

    I bought the Office Home and Student 2007 from some retail store a few months back (Compusa, maybe?), so I have the actual container and CD or DVD (not sure which) that came in the container.  In that box is a label with the Product Key.  I've successfully installed it on two Vista systems, but I assumed that I could install it on a 3rd system (because it's Home and Student), even though that 3rd system runs XP (my new laptop).

    Any suggestions?
    Monday, March 9, 2009 10:21 PM
  • Kstedman,

    Oops!  Sorry that should have read "It would appear that the Product Key you are trying to use is not from a Full Retail license for Office H&S 2007."  But that was not a good answer to your question.

    IIRC, you need to use the Trial Office XP's Product Key to activate the Trial, and then once the Trial is activated, you can use the Full Packaged Product Product Key to convert the Trial to a Perpetual license.

    Normally the computer manufacturer will include a card with the Trial activation key.  If you don't have that, follow this link to get one:  http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?AssetID=HA101759011033&CTT=5&Origin=HA101759021033  Please read this article for more info:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/HA101759011033.aspx

    Once the Trial is activated, follow these instructions to convert to a Perpetual license:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/HA101759641033.aspx?pid=CL100796341033
    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 11:34 PM
    Monday, March 9, 2009 10:41 PM
  • Thanks for your help, Dan!  But unfortunately, it's still not working. 

    I went ahead and activated my trial (by using the "activate your 60 day trial" button they had put on my desktop), and it worked superbly.  But then when I tried to activate that version with my purchased, perpetual product key from my store-purchased copy of Office, it rejected it again.  I double-checked the product key, but still no good.

    Do you think it might have to do with the fact that I have H&S Edition?  Do you think this process might work if I uninstalled the trial on my computer, downloaded the H&S Edition trial, and then activated that trial, and THEN activated it with my own product key?  If I tried that, would I have to uninstall the edition already on my computer, or would the new download simply overwrite whatever it needed to?
    Tuesday, March 10, 2009 1:10 AM
  • Kstedman,

    Your plan sounds like it should work---uninstall what you have now (I incorrectly assumed it was Office 2007 H&S on the netbook), then download the trial for Office 2007 H&S, activate it as a trial, then convert using your retail Product key.

    Here is the link for downloading the trial of Office 2007 H&S:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/FX101759651033.aspx?pid=CL100571081033
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Tuesday, March 10, 2009 2:33 AM