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  • I have Home and Office legally installed on 3 computers. If I buy and install an upgrade to Office Professional and upgrade 2 computers, is the 3rd remaining Home and Student license still legal? I assume it is but I would like opinions.
    Ron
    • Changed type Carey FrischMVP Sunday, March 21, 2010 4:05 PM Comment -> Question
    Saturday, March 20, 2010 5:21 AM

Answers

  • Hello Ron of Canada,

    First let's clear up what an upgrade is.  Upgrade licenses essentially subsume or incorporate the product that qualified for the upgrade into the new upgraded product.  If you had to put it into an equation, it would be:

    Existing product that qualifes to be upgraded + upgrade license = new product

    Office Home and Student 2007 + Office Professional 2007 Upgrade License = Office Professional 2007

    Note that upgrading an existing Office H&S 2007 does not "free up" that license to be used on another computer because the existing Office H&S 2007 license has been incorporated into the new Office Professional 2007.

    Also note that retail upgrades licenes for Office Professional 2007 are good for only one upgrade.  Don't confuse them with full retail licenses of Office Professional 2007, which allow the license to be installed on two of your computers simultaneously.

    In the scenario you proposed, one Office Professional 2007 Upgrade license would have upgraded one of the three Office H&S 2007 installations to Office Professional 2007, and your other two Office H&S 2007 installations would remain "themselves," normal Office H&S 2007 licenses.


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    Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:31 PM

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  • Hello Ron of Canada,

    First let's clear up what an upgrade is.  Upgrade licenses essentially subsume or incorporate the product that qualified for the upgrade into the new upgraded product.  If you had to put it into an equation, it would be:

    Existing product that qualifes to be upgraded + upgrade license = new product

    Office Home and Student 2007 + Office Professional 2007 Upgrade License = Office Professional 2007

    Note that upgrading an existing Office H&S 2007 does not "free up" that license to be used on another computer because the existing Office H&S 2007 license has been incorporated into the new Office Professional 2007.

    Also note that retail upgrades licenes for Office Professional 2007 are good for only one upgrade.  Don't confuse them with full retail licenses of Office Professional 2007, which allow the license to be installed on two of your computers simultaneously.

    In the scenario you proposed, one Office Professional 2007 Upgrade license would have upgraded one of the three Office H&S 2007 installations to Office Professional 2007, and your other two Office H&S 2007 installations would remain "themselves," normal Office H&S 2007 licenses.


    Buy Office 2007 Now, Get Office 2010 Free http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/tech-guarantee/microsoft-office-2010-technology-guarantee-FX101825695.aspx?CTT=97
    Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:31 PM
  • I agree completely and just wanted to make sure I was not the only one thinking that way. Thanks very much for your time and interest.
    Ron
    Saturday, March 20, 2010 8:29 PM
  • Hello Ron Of Canada,

    You're welcome :-)


    Buy Office 2007 Now, Get Office 2010 Free http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/tech-guarantee/microsoft-office-2010-technology-guarantee-FX101825695.aspx?CTT=97
    Monday, March 22, 2010 2:19 AM