Changing Product Key on Admin Install RRS feed

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  • We have just been given a new Enterprise License, but need to know if its possible to change the license key on Office 2003 Admin Install on a network share?

    I have done a bit of searching and see other people have asked the question, but most responses have been regards the regedit key, but this only applies to installed apps.

    I am hoping we can just change it as it would save loads of time, but do have the feeling, i am going to need to dig out the CD's and apply all those patches/sp again Sad

    If there are any 3rd party tools out there that can change it, it would be nice to have, as we currently have around 14 administrative apps i need to change the license key for.


    Friday, February 15, 2008 1:13 PM


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  • How to change the product key for Office XP, for Office 2003, and for the 2007 Office system:


    Friday, February 15, 2008 6:41 PM
  • Thanks for the reply, maybe i was not to clear in my question, the Office applications are administrative installs on a network share, then we are using software deployment to install from that network share so any updates can be done centrally.

    As we have now recieved a new license i wanted to check if it was possible to change it on the administrative install on the network share, or if i would need to run another admin install.

    The link you sent was helpful to another question/query i have been looking at, so again thanks.

    In the meantime, i will just grab the CD's and re-run the administrative install and apply the patches and service packs again.

    Monday, February 18, 2008 1:08 PM
  • no you were clear, it's a pretty simple problem. and you're right, everyone answers this question by editing the registry. guh.

    I have it too for admin installs.

    as far as I can tell, it's by design, so you can't pinch an organisations Admin install, take it to another company, replace the reg info, and just use that.

    I did 2x admin installs (of Visio, but am checking out other products and is the same I think), patched the same, to 2 diff folders, then compared the folders, and the only file different is the msi, comparing the msi's gave a transform with a bunch of differences, but I think the registration info is encrypted into the binary table, I certainly couldn't find it in clear text in the msi, so I'm guessing thats the end of the road.

    We have the same issue as are trying to do a single consistent admin image, but apply different transforms for the different customers, which you'd think is a pretty reasonable use of the install..


    good luck.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 9:43 PM