Office Installation Key

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by oldhifi, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. oldhifi macrumors 65816

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    How can I find the Office Installation Key in High Sierra ? I downloaded Jelly Bean but it did not find them, I have Office 2011 on this Imac (High Sierra) and would like to install it on my new
    Imac (El Captain) , and yes I will wipe/reset the old Imac. so Office is installed on one computer.

    Thanks
     
  2. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Don’t know if this will help or not.

    https://support.office.com/en-us/ar...mac-2011-670b19d6-7743-45ae-a53c-66080cec7e33
     
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    I've never heard of a way to find or extract the installation key for Office 2011.

    I directed this question to Microsoft support once and their answer was that users don't have access to the key once it's entered. You have to save the info somewhere.

    Additionally, the key is tied to the hard drive of your computer and even a clone of your hard drive to a new hard drive will require reentry of the key. For a while this was a frequent problem for people who were upgrading to an SSD and couldn't find the key.
     
  4. Papanate macrumors 6502

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    You don’t have the Install disk? I have no idea why you would use Jelly Bean?.

    Did Office 2011 come with a PIN instead of a product key, go to https://www.microsoft.com/mac/getkey and enter your PIN to get your product.

    Did you use the Home Use Program? If so you’ll need a program code. To recover your program key go to Microsoft’s Home Use page and Verify your Email. You can also try searching your inbox for a confirmation.

    You can also call or chat Office Support - And they can find your key through your registration email.

    BTW Mac Office 2011 is no longer supported.
     
  5. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    It’s usable, justt not officially supported or receiving updates.
     
  6. Papanate macrumors 6502

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    Yes - and it is perfectly fine for 90% of users except maybe PowerPoint.
    I was pointing that out as it may be difficult to recover the key since
    MS has dropped support.
     
  7. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Or getting Microsoft to help.
     
  8. LarryJoe33 macrumors 65816

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    I am not sure how you acquired your copy, but when I do a clean install, I simply log on to MS and download a copy from my account under purchases. Then just sign into the software and it is activated.
     
  9. oldhifi thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I purchased this Imac with Office 2011 on it, when I set it up I registered Office in my name. Looks like I will have to call MS, probably have to upgrade to Office 2016
     
  10. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a

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    FWIW: Outlook 2011 is 32 bit and will no longer be supported after High Sierra. Office 2011 received it's final update in October 14.7.7. It's End of Life product.

    You can copy over all the files from your previous install. This article shows you all the files that are removed when you manually remove office. Find these files and copy over to the new computer.

    http://www.officeformachelp.com/2012/12/office-for-mac-2011-remove-office/

    Not all preferences need to be moved over but, be sure you get this file in your User's Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.office.plist

    Often when you first launch it will ask you to reinstall. If you have the original installer, you might need. I do this for clients all the time and it works.
     
  11. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    Agreed with most of the posters here, Office 2011 was EOL'ed last October. FWIW, there's no "upgrade" to the latest version of 2016 - in the vein of one of the lines in Taken (the movie), the price is the price. MS has indicated that they'll be abandoning standalone licenses in October 2020 (about 30 months from now - link); with deep discounts for Office365 available often, that's the way I went months ago - I buy Home licenses for $40-50 at Best Buy or MS B&M stores when they go on sale.

    The "cheap/free" way out of getting Office 2016 is to sign up for beta versions - you'll have to Bing this (as opposed to "Google this") - for the legit means (not cracked) - to get "free" versions of Office directly from MS - they're always looking for lackeys/volunteers/rubes to beta test their software. Keep in mind that you may need to pony up for a PST/OST conversion utility - the decent ones aren't cheap, so be prepared to budget for this bit.
     

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