Does retail Office 2007 have downgrade rights to Office 2003? RRS feed

  • Question


    I have a laptop which had an OEM version of Office 2003 Professional.


    Unfortunately, its motherboard is dead - so my understanding is that the OEM licence for Office 2003 expires with the laptop, unless I get a new motherboard from the original manufacturer (which will cost more than the value of the laptop).


    So I have a new laptop, but would like to continue using Office 2003 (as it's what we use at work).


    If I bought a retail version of Office 2007, does it have any downgrade rights which mean I could use Office 2003 against that license?


    Could I use the media for my OEM version of Office 2003 Pro? How would I activate it?


    Finally, if I wanted to use Office 2007 in future, could I uninstall 2003 and install 2007 with the same licence key?


    Thanks for your help,


    Sunday, January 27, 2008 2:22 PM


  • Hello David,


    Yes, you are correct, you can not move your OEM copy of Office to a new computer.  You will need to read the specifics of the license provided with your copy of Office 2007 for details on what you are allowed and not allowed to do.


    Thank you,

    Matt Prall, MS
    OGA Forum Manager

    Tuesday, January 29, 2008 2:41 PM