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Replacinf iffiegal MS office 2003 with an OEM office 2003 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello, I one of the millions of people that was quite happily using MS 2003 without realising it was "illegal".
    To comply with MS I purchased an OEM office 2003 and am about to install it on my home PC running XP, I have two users on this PC.
    My question is, will I need to uninstall the illegal version first and will I loose all my emails, contacts etc etc.
    Thursday, November 5, 2009 2:22 PM

Answers

  • Hello AJWCONSULTING,

    You can try to just change the product key:  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/895456
    I cannot tell you from experience if it will work in your case, since you are chaning the product key as well as the product itself (from a volume license to an OEM license).

    If that does not work or you decide not to try, here's what to do to Get Genuine:

    Even though uninstalling Office does not intentionally delete any documents, data, email, etc, it's always a good idea to back up important data on a regular basis, and especially whenever you make a big change to the computer, like uninstalling a major program like Office.

    Uninstall the nongenuine Office using the Programs applet (if Vista or Win 7) or the Add or Remove Programs applet (if XP) of Control Panel.

    Restart twice.

    Install the (expected to be) genuine OEM copy of Office 2003 that you have.  After installation, restart the computer, then open up Office and activate normally.

    After activation, visit www.microsoft.com/genuine to Validate Office.  Office should validate normally.

    After validation, open up an Office program and go to a document.  You should not see any nongenuine notices.  If you do, then there is some clean-up we have to do of remnants from the old nongenuine Office.  Post back and we'll help you get that cleaned up.

    Please post back and let us know how you do.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, November 5, 2009 6:14 PM
    Thursday, November 5, 2009 4:48 PM

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  • Hello AJWCONSULTING,

    You can try to just change the product key:  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/895456
    I cannot tell you from experience if it will work in your case, since you are chaning the product key as well as the product itself (from a volume license to an OEM license).

    If that does not work or you decide not to try, here's what to do to Get Genuine:

    Even though uninstalling Office does not intentionally delete any documents, data, email, etc, it's always a good idea to back up important data on a regular basis, and especially whenever you make a big change to the computer, like uninstalling a major program like Office.

    Uninstall the nongenuine Office using the Programs applet (if Vista or Win 7) or the Add or Remove Programs applet (if XP) of Control Panel.

    Restart twice.

    Install the (expected to be) genuine OEM copy of Office 2003 that you have.  After installation, restart the computer, then open up Office and activate normally.

    After activation, visit www.microsoft.com/genuine to Validate Office.  Office should validate normally.

    After validation, open up an Office program and go to a document.  You should not see any nongenuine notices.  If you do, then there is some clean-up we have to do of remnants from the old nongenuine Office.  Post back and we'll help you get that cleaned up.

    Please post back and let us know how you do.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, November 5, 2009 6:14 PM
    Thursday, November 5, 2009 4:48 PM
  • Hello Dan at IT - thank you very much for your advice, as requested here are the results:
    I tried to change product key first, carried out instructions as you said without problem. But when I opened word, it asked for product key as you predicted. I entered it, but it would not accept the key?. (I did change my name and user also, maybe this caused the problem??)

    Anyway, I removed the old office 2003 and installed my recently purchased OEM, installation and validation went without any problems, so I am back in business (Legally)
    Thanks again
    Thursday, November 5, 2009 9:50 PM
  • Hello AJWCONSULTING,

    Nice to see it's all good once again! :-)

    You're welcome!
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Friday, November 6, 2009 3:43 PM