Microsoft Ofice Product key RRS feed

  • Question

  • Ijust purchased a new computer and the Microsoft Works progam ask me for a product key. I did  not get a start up  disk with my purchase and do not have a product key and can not use the softwear. 

    Can i get a product key so i can use the softwear. This is a big inconvenance for a lot of people and is a bad reflection on Microsoft when you have preloaded softwear on a machine you sould provide a way to use the softwear without all the troble.
     Thanks Don  


    Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:39 AM


  • Hello Don Whittle,

    You mentioned two different products in your post, Office (in the title) and Works (in the body of the post).

    Generally speaking, OEM installations of Microsoft Works ask you to agree to an End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) upon first use but I have never seen an OEM installation ask for a product key.

    On the other hand, new computers these days quite frequently come with Trial installations of Office, often Home and Student 2007 Edition.  These installations do ask for a product key to start the Trial, which is free, and then when the Trial period has expired they will ask for another product key to convert the license from a Trial to a perpetual license, which costs money.

    Usually the computer manufacturer includes a card that has the Office Trial product key printed on it.  If your computer did not come with such a card, please visit the following website to request a Trial product key so you can start your Trial of Office:
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, January 28, 2010 9:07 PM
    Thursday, January 28, 2010 2:02 AM