Office Transfer

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Butler Trumpet, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. Butler Trumpet macrumors 6502

    Butler Trumpet

    May 26, 2004
    Dekalb IL
    So right now I have Office on my iMac... and I just ordered a new iBook should be here thursday or so, is there any way I can transfer the office programs over to my new computer cause I dont want to buy them again. I have an iPod which I use a lot as an external HD so hopefully that makes it easier.
  2. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    Why not just use the installer CDs that you installed Office with on your iMac? There isn't any reason to buy them again, unless you stole it! In that case I'm not going to help you!
  3. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2004
    Hamilton, Ontario (CANADA)
    I don't believe that just transferring the programs will work because when you install office it stores files all over you computer. Really, your only option is to install on the new computer using the original discs, but, it looks like you have only purchased 1 license so that would be illegal. :)

    EDIT: Beaten by seconds
  4. Crikey macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2004
    Spencer's Butte, Oregon
    I don't think it would be illegal, or more accurately a violation of the End User License Agreement, to install Office on your new computer if you uninstalled it from your old one. I don't have MSOffice, so don't quote me, but I think you can read the E.U.L.A. in the Help files if you look.

    Good luck!

  5. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    you would think he would have the sense to get a copy of office again.
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    well the install disk that came with my copy of Office 04 let me just drag the apps to the applications folder....
  7. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says....I don't know about Office 2004, but the previous Office X license allowed for installation on a portable as well as a desktop as long as you are the primary user of both....oh yeah!

  8. tamara6 macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2004
    When I got my new powerbook, replacing my old Pismo, I didn't have my office install disks handy. But I was able to copy the programs over from one computer to the other without a problem. (office X, not 2004)
  9. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Assuming that you have a legit licence, it should be legal to have Office installed on both a desktop and a laptop simultaneously if you're not using both at the same time. Actually, any reasonable software licence should allow that, though a few technically don't.

    Installing Office, either X or 2004, is just a drag-and-drop operation; any necessary system stuff gets installed when you run it for the first time. (There are extra installers on the CDs of both programs for additional goodies, though). So, transferring between computers is the same. I have had reason to do this legitimately (it's a LOT easier than reinstalling all the service packs on Office X, for example).

    If what the original poster was really asking about was how to preserve all his/her settings during the transfer (custom dictionaries, toolbars, whatever), then it's a matter of figuring out where Microsoft stores everything--somewhere in the ~/Library, no doubt, but I'm not sure where.

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