Reinstalling Panther, Office Question

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  1. G4User macrumors newbie

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    I plan on reinstalling Panther soon, to make my future Tiger installation easier. I have the Mic. Office Student edition w/ product key and I just wanted to make sure I would be able to install it again and the key won't be void or something. I will be able to use it right? Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Good question. I would expect that the key will still work, but who knows with MSFT's activation policy.

    Here's what I would do. Burn your entire Microsoft Office folder onto a CD. Then if the key doesn't work after you've installed Tiger, you could trash Office and load it back up from the CD-R. The copy of Office on the CD-R should retain the activation.

    Keep in mind, you should not let this CD out of your possession. If anyone should get a hold of it, they'll have an active copy of Office with your name on it. Don't know if you'd get in trouble if it showed up on a P2P network, but why tempt fate.

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  3. G4User thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the idea, I will definitely try that when I reinstall. I'll break the CD up after I'm finished with it.
     
  4. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Doesn't the license entitle you to install it on up to three computers? I doubt it wouldn't work.
     
  5. ftaok macrumors 601

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    You're right, the license does allow for 3 computers, however, with all of the furor over how WinXP does the licensing/activation, you never know if you'd be able to re-use one of the 3 keys.

    I think we'd all agree that you should be able to, considering it's the same comptuer and all, but maybe the activation process will deem the upgrade from Panther to Tiger to be a new computer and therefore want a different key.

    In any event, it'll only cost you one CD-R and about 10 minutes to burn the Office Folder as a "just in case".

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  6. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    a friend bought the student/teacher edition of Office recently and if I recall correctly, there isn't any activation.....you enter the product key number just like earlier versions of Microsofts Mac products but you don't do an "activation" like windows users do with XP
     
  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    How does reinstalling Panther make your Tiger installation easier?
     
  8. G4User thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just so I dont have any freeware or third party shoftware that could affect the installation process.
     
  9. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    It will install just fine as it would be the same as if you had to do a custom install a few times a year. You can us the same code and not worry about it.
     
  10. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    They won't, unless maybe if you've been fooling with exotic stuff that hack the kernel.
     
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    OK, the educational licence allows you to install on three computers, which is why they give you three keys. Use the same code as before and it'll work fine.
     
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  13. osprey76 macrumors 6502

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    Reinstalling it and using your key again will be fine. There aren't hoops to jump through like with reinstalling WinXP too often.

    The preferences files are not stored in the MS Office folder. All your copy will contain is the same things as on the installation CD. Your preferences, which may be nice to save for your settings, are found in two places:

    ~/Library/Preferences/
    ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft

    (~/ is your Home folder)

    Also, to make your life much easier, just use the Archive and Install option on Tiger's installation DVD. It renames your old System folder and gives you a fresh installation of Tiger. It also preserves your settings and users if you leave that option checked.
     

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