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  • I have a liceneced MS office product on a old laptop which I have just replaced. The new Laptopn has come with a copy of Office already installed as a 60 day free trial, can i just transfer the licence across using a instead of a full new install ?
    • Moved by Stephen BootsMVP Monday, January 4, 2010 4:25 PM not MSE (From:Microsoft Security Essentials: Getting Started and Upgrading)
    Monday, January 4, 2010 12:54 PM

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  • Hello watters14,

    On both laptops:

    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.
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    As a general rule, in your cirumstances if the MS Office on the old laptop is a full retail license, you can indeed transfer the license to your new laptop.

    Assuming this is the case, there are several other considerations that bear on the issue regarding whether you can do this without a full new install.  Are the two installations the exact same version (Office XP, 2003, 2007) and edition (Professional, Small Business, Standard) and license type (retail full, retail upgrade, OEM, MediaLess Licensing Kit)?  Generally only if all parameters match will you be able to just enter the Product Key from the Office on the old laptop and activate/convert the Trial on the new laptop to a perpetually licensed product.

    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Monday, January 11, 2010 11:17 PM
    Tuesday, January 5, 2010 6:16 PM

All replies

  • Hello watters14,

    On both laptops:

    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.
    ****

    As a general rule, in your cirumstances if the MS Office on the old laptop is a full retail license, you can indeed transfer the license to your new laptop.

    Assuming this is the case, there are several other considerations that bear on the issue regarding whether you can do this without a full new install.  Are the two installations the exact same version (Office XP, 2003, 2007) and edition (Professional, Small Business, Standard) and license type (retail full, retail upgrade, OEM, MediaLess Licensing Kit)?  Generally only if all parameters match will you be able to just enter the Product Key from the Office on the old laptop and activate/convert the Trial on the new laptop to a perpetually licensed product.

    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Monday, January 11, 2010 11:17 PM
    Tuesday, January 5, 2010 6:16 PM
  • No reply from original poster.

    Closing thread as Answered.

    Darin MS
    Monday, January 11, 2010 11:17 PM