Uninstalling Office 2007 Home and Student give you one install back? RRS feed

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  • While I don't need to do this (for now, at least), I was just wondering... If you uninstall Office 2007 Home and Student on one PC, does your key get that one install returned to it for installation on another computer? Or are you only able to reinstall on that computer?
    Thursday, October 1, 2009 12:25 AM


  • Hello Emprovision,

    For exact details regarding how many computers onto which you are allowed to install any given Microsoft Office product, please read your End User Licensing Agreement (EULA), or as it is not called in Vista and Office 2007, your Software Licensing Terms.

    Click Start>All Programs>Microsoft Office>Word (for example) to open an Office application.  Then click the Office button>Word options>Resources>About ....>then in the resultant window, click on the "View your software licensing terms" link.

    As a general rule, a retail license for Office H&S 2007 is permitted to be installed on up to three computers, providing all three computers belong to persons within the same household and all three computers are used for noncommercial purposes.  Retail licenses for Office are not permanently tied to any one computer, so they are permitted to be moved from one computer to another.  Microsoft product activation for retail licenses operates on the assumption that the installation currently being activated takes precedence over a previous installation, so the act of installing an already used license in effect establishes the current activation and nullifies the previous activation.

    In contrast, an OEM license for Office H&S 2007 is permitted to be installed on one computer only and is not permitted to be moved to any other computer.  Like other licenses for Office H&S 2007, an OEM license is to be used in a noncommercial setting only.
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    • Marked as answer by Emprovision Thursday, October 1, 2009 2:14 AM
    Thursday, October 1, 2009 2:12 AM