Installing MS Office on 2nd Mac

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  1. Joemero macrumors regular

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    My sister bought MS Office for mac a couple years ago and still has the cds. Will it work if I install it on my new MBP too, as long as I register it under her name? I mean, we live in the same house, I would think a licensed user is probably allowed to install it on more than one machine under the same household right? Has there been a new version released of MS Office since 2 years ago? Or is the version from 1-2 years ago pretty good still?
     
  2. Achiever macrumors 6502

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    The Home & Student Edition of Office for Mac 2008 comes with 3 user install licenses. As long as you and your sister live in the same house and there is at least one install license unused that should not be a problem.

    If I recall correctly, Office for Mac 2004 had the same 3 license setup as well.

    If you are using a Windows version of Office through Boot Camp or virtualization, I don't know their licensing offhand. It should say it on the box.
     
  3. fishkorp macrumors 68020

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    All versions of Mac Office 2008 except for the Student/Teacher edition allow for it to be installed on 2 machines (1 laptop, 1 desktop), but only 1 can be used at a time. It detects if the other copy is running on the same network and won't let you use the product. The Student/Teacher version comes with 3 distinct keys.
     
  4. Joemero thread starter macrumors regular

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    What if we're using it at the same time but in different places...ie, she's at home on the network and I'm at school on a different network? Can we use it at the same time?
     
  5. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...if it is not the 3 licnse version (student/teacher) then NO - you are not licensed to install it at all. The "two computer" scenario is for those *single users* that own both a desktop and a notebook, and do not use both at the same time....oh yeah!
     
  6. swindmill macrumors 6502a

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    I've never had a problem with student/teacher edition working on multiple computers at once on the same network. That may be because of the 3 licenses. You should be able to install it under you name, rather than your sisters.

    I would give you ethical advice, but I'm sure you're capable of such judgments and I'm pretty sure you didn't ask for it.
     
  7. Joemero thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK, I just got the actual box from my sis. It's a yellow box says:
    Microsoft Office:mac 2008 HOME&STUDENT EDITION.
    Part No. X13-84395-02

    It has 3 license #'s so I assume I can register it under my name on a different license. I just want to confirm, can I use it while we're at home together on the same network? I assume seperate networks no problem right?

    Also, how old or outdated is this version? Is it strongly recommended to get the latest?
     
  8. Achiever macrumors 6502

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    This is the most recent version. You can register it under your name for use on the same or different network. Just make sure you use a different license number than she did.
     
  9. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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  10. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a

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    Let's see...

    I wonder why my previous reply was deleted?

    Would it have something to do with the illegal and unethical advice on how to bypass the Same-serial-on-the-same-network lock of MS office? :eek:

    Well, I think there are things in this life I'll never know (Come on, I really don't know... nobody notified me of anything) :confused:
     

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