Installing iWork 09 on mid 2009 MBP with Snow Leopard

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I would like to install iWork on my MBP with Snow Leopard. So I downloaded trial version from cultofmac.com. Upon finishing installation I was asked to enter serial number or try for 30 days.

However... I have iWork on my late 2012 iMac with Mountain Lion. I had ordered iWork when I configured the iMac in January of 2013. And the iWork came preinstalled on the Mac (iWork was already there when I turned on the computer for the first time).

So I was wondering if I can enter the serial number from iWork on my iMac? Would that work?

Thanks in advance
 

chscag

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I would like to install iWork on my MBP with Snow Leopard. So I downloaded trial version from cultofmac.com. Upon finishing installation I was asked to enter serial number or try for 30 days.

However... I have iWork on my late 2012 iMac with Mountain Lion. I had ordered iWork when I configured the iMac in January of 2013. And the iWork came preinstalled on the Mac (iWork was already there when I turned on the computer for the first time).

So I was wondering if I can enter the serial number from iWork on my iMac? Would that work?

Thanks in advance
If you had iWork 09 preinstalled on your 2012 iMac, then all you had to do was copy the apps from the iMac to the MBP and use the same serial number. You should have also received a backup CD for iWork 09 with the 2012 iMac.
 

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If you had iWork 09 preinstalled on your 2012 iMac, then all you had to do was copy the apps from the iMac to the MBP and use the same serial number. You should have also received a backup CD for iWork 09 with the 2012 iMac.
Hello.

I didn't receive any CD for iWork... I searched the box again, and it's not there.

And I tried to copy and paste the iWork apps onto my MBP from my iMac AND Time Machine backup, but apparently the iWork is not compatible with Snow Leopard. Apparently the latest version of iWork on my iMac requires at least 10.7
 

chscag

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Hello.

I didn't receive any CD for iWork... I searched the box again, and it's not there.

And I tried to copy and paste the iWork apps onto my MBP from my iMac AND Time Machine backup, but apparently the iWork is not compatible with Snow Leopard. Apparently the latest version of iWork on my iMac requires at least 10.7
Yeah, I missed the Snow Leopard part. I have iWork 08 which does work with Snow Leopard. iWork 09 works with Lion through at least Mavericks. I have iWork 09 also but received a copy of the new iWork apps when I purchased an iMac in 2013. Actually, iWork 09 is better than the new iWork.
 

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Yeah, I missed the Snow Leopard part. I have iWork 08 which does work with Snow Leopard. iWork 09 works with Lion through at least Mavericks. I have iWork 09 also but received a copy of the new iWork apps when I purchased an iMac in 2013. Actually, iWork 09 is better than the new iWork.
Yeah iWork 09 is awesome. I actually don't like the new versions introduced since Mavericks
 

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Maybe I should call Apple to see if they can give me a dummy serial code to activate it. I'm worried that I might screw up my iMac's iWork if I use the same serial code
 

chscag

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Maybe I should call Apple to see if they can give me a dummy serial code to activate it. I'm worried that I might screw up my iMac's iWork if I use the same serial code
Apple is not going to give you a serial number without charging you for a new copy of iWork 09. I would go ahead and try using the same serial number anyway. The worst that can happen is it will refuse to install. Besides, I really am not sure that the EULA prohibits installation on more than one Mac. All the new Apple apps from the MAS allow installation on all the Macs you own. And the new version of iWork no longer has a serial number.
 

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Apple is not going to give you a serial number without charging you for a new copy of iWork 09. I would go ahead and try using the same serial number anyway. The worst that can happen is it will refuse to install. Besides, I really am not sure that the EULA prohibits installation on more than one Mac. All the new Apple apps from the MAS allow installation on all the Macs you own. And the new version of iWork no longer has a serial number.
Actually, I did call Apple awhile ago (around Feb of 2014) to request download code for previous version of iWork. I was on the phone for 30+ minutes, but eventually I was told it was impossible (I don't remember what made it technically impossible). At least they were willing to send the code free of charge...

I'm not even sure my pre-installed iWork has serial code. I'll get to know soon when I get home