How to change productkey Office 2008

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  1. BenjaminK macrumors newbie

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    Hey.

    Do anyone know where the productkey file for MS office 2008 is located or if I, in some way, can change my product key in this program? :confused:
     
  2. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    why do u need it?
     
  3. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    I don't think you can. Mainly it is to stop people who have used the same key on more than one machine changing it when they find they can't run Office on two machines at the same time on the same network.
     
  4. siliconjones macrumors member

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    I'll tell you where it is stored. I can't tell you how to change it. A preference file lives here --> Macintosh HD:Applications:Microsoft Office 2008:Office:OfficePID.plist

    If you need to re-serialize throw the .plist out and MT the trash.

    Key 1000 is your name. Key 1600 is saved for a company name and Key 1825 is the product ID. These 3 keys are reported to populate the about box. Keys 2000-2300 are hashes generated by the serialization applet. All the serialization juju happens in the hashes so attempting to edit the file is essentially futile.
     
  5. chris001 macrumors regular

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    once you found out ur product key from mr.jone's methods. just reinstall it with the new product key or w.e
     
  6. BenjaminK thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Righty then

    Thanks for the answers but I can't get it to work. I've deleted the applications/Microsoft Office and also /Documents/Microsoft user data

    When I then try to reinstall it already know my product ID. What to do? :confused:
     
  7. chris001 macrumors regular

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    it's probably saved in some archive file or something.
    download appzapper. and it'll completely remove all ms files its like a real uninstaller like on windows. try that?
     
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  10. kevo0822 macrumors regular

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    Hey guys.

    There's a folder called "Microsoft" at ~/Library/Preferences/

    Delete that folder, and then just reinstall Office 2008. That preferences folder contains the file that stores your serial number, even if you uninstall Office 2008. Just delete it and the install should work fine. I've done it a few times.
     
  11. Kvincent24 macrumors newbie

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    please advise


    Does this work in OS 10.5 LEP? and How do you get to the ~/library/preferences/:):)
     
  12. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Someone on the Office boards said trash these 2 files:

    ~:Library:preferences:Microsoft:Office 2008:Microsoft Office 2008 Settings.plist

    -and-

    HD:Applications:Microsoft Office 2008:Office:OfficePID.plist

    Not sure if you need to reboot afterwards.

    -Kevin
     
  13. Kvincent24 macrumors newbie

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    I can't find the file in 10.5

    I can not find the file "Microsoft Office 2008 Settings.plist" in Leopard, please advise, if someone else has found the file. I have deleted the Officepid.plist file but to no avail?
     
  14. BenjaminK thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wee :D

    This works :D

    Thanks for the replies :D
     
  15. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Make sure you are looking in the Library folder in YOUR home folder, not at the system root.

    -Kevin
     
  16. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    Glad you got it working, next time don't post under two usernames :) One is enough.
     
  17. BenjaminK thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What?

    I've only posted on this account. Don't know the other guy? :rolleyes:
     
  18. Kvincent24 macrumors newbie

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    I wish I had the same success

    I have looked both at the entry called Macintosh and the one called user and neither have the settings.plist file
     
  19. Kvincent24 macrumors newbie

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    It Worked - I found the Microsoft folder in Prefereces and deleted it

    It worked, thanks for all you your help!!:):):)
     
  20. Giantmike macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys!

    I've tried all you've said, but it continues showing my older Id Product?

    What can i do?

    Thank's a lot
     
  21. Koolio27 macrumors member

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for the info, Kevin! A friend of mine came across this issue and your instructions were spot-on. After deleting the "Microsoft" folder and the OfficePID.plist file, all she had to do was try to run Office 2008 and it asked her for the license key. So, good news is: she didn't have to uninstall/re-install Office 2008 to change the license key!
     
  22. Avro macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the info. I always forget which key I have entered on the multi-user licence. I wish M$ handled family software like Apple or some Apple software houses.
     
  23. Koolio27 macrumors member

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    Yup, I totally agree. At first, I was surprised there was no way to enter a new license key...then I remembered that I was dealing with the M$-we're-so-paranoid-about-software-piracy.
     
  24. swat253 macrumors newbie

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    I just want to change the licensed NAME...

    I tried the steps above and got into the registration box, but my used iBook came with Office 2008 already installed, hence, being at least the 3rd owner of this Mac, I don't know what the key is and have no way of contacting the original owner or whoever installed Office.

    Probably a dumb question that I should know the answer for but...

    Does deleting the two (2) .plist files let me enter ANY 25 character key? :eek:
     
  25. swat253 macrumors newbie

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    It's done!

    Not trying to hijack this thread, but I wanted to share the advice that solved my problem.

    The solution detailed in the link worked perfectly for what I wanted to do; just change the user name. The poster's suggestion solved my issue perfectly. I know that doesn't answer the serial key issue, but for a knowledgeable person, the editor application mentioned in the link below MAY lend itself to that fixing that feature also.

    http://forums.appleinsider.com/showthread.php?p=1361600&posted=1#post1361600
     

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