Reset to Factory Settings but Keep MS Office

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  1. jeddouglas macrumors member

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    Just bought a used MBA (11" 2012 model) on eBay. It came with MS Office installed, but the seller did not have original disks or product key. I was wanting to reset to factory settings but don't want to lose MS Office so seller advised me to change the admin user name and account name which I have done. The MBA is a present for my daughter but I also want to be able to use it at times so have set up myself as an admin user. However, when I log in as myself, the MS Office App icons are not present, whereas if I login as my daughter, they are.

    I have two main questions. Firstly, is it safe to have changed the admin user name (to my daughters)? Secondly, why can't I access MS Office when logged in as myself and can I change a setting such that I can access MS Office.

    Many thanks
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    It's not possible to reset to factory settings and keep the copy of Office that's on the computer. Note that the copy of Office you have is not licensed, whether or not it works. There's no way of knowing if the operating system or Office has been compromised somehow with malware. You should reformat the disk to get a fresh copy of OS X, and if you need Office, you should buy a copy.
     
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  4. jeddouglas thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your response. It is El Capitan that is installed so must be fairly recent. I know I can't be sure but I don't think seller would do something malicious but I understand that to be 100% safe I should factory reset and buy a copy of office.
     
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    Oh, I didn't see that. What likely happened is that the apps are installed in /DAUGHTER/Applications instead of simply /Applications, which is why her account sees them and yours does not.
    In that case, ignore what I stated, and she'll have to continue using that account.
     
  7. jeddouglas thread starter macrumors member

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    So does that mean that I will not be able to access the Apps when logged in as myself? Can the Apps be moved into the /Applications folder so that all users can access them?
     
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    I understand what you are trying to do and why you want to do it, but think it's actually a violation of forum rules to discuss this since you're trying to bypass licensing methods and use software you aren't entitled to. From what you've said, it seems likely that the previous owner didn't acquire the software legally either.

    You might want to have a look at LibreOffice as an alternative. I installed it on a family member's computer and it seems to work very well. https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/

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  9. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    You could try to drag and drop?
     
  10. jeddouglas thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry, I wasn't aware this was against forum rules. I am not trying to bypass licensing methods, I just assumed that the previous owner had lost the disks/product key. I will take your advice though and do a factory re-set and either buy a new copy of MS Office or try the LibreOffice.
     
  11. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

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    Office 365 Home subscriptiopns are actually pretty generous, allowing you to install on multiple computers and tablets/phones.

    Libre Office is good, but keep in mind that Pages/Numbers/Keynote are all free now as well.
     
  12. jeddouglas thread starter macrumors member

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    I thought that Pages/Numbers/Keynote still had to be purchased and were only free with Macs that were 2013 or later. My MBA is 2012, is there any way that I can get them for free?

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  13. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    A simple Google search turned up several methods to get Pages for free, not sure if it would be appropriate to post them here or not. ;)
     
  14. jeddouglas thread starter macrumors member

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    i thought that when Panch0 said they were free it was legitimate. I am only interested in obtaining them for free if it is above board.
     
  15. RUGGLES99 macrumors 6502

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    Actually, as a longtime ms word for mac user i was dubious about pages, but it works fine, converting easily to .doc or .docx files, back and forth. I think for older macs you can buy it for $11.00.
     
  16. Boyd01, Oct 19, 2015
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    It is $20: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pages/id409201541?mt=12

    And of course, that only gives you the word processor and not all the features of the MS Office Suite. You would also need Numbers to replace Excel and Keynote for PowerPoint. So now you are into $60.

    Not saying this is a bad option. I really haven't spent any time with them. But since LibreOffice is free, seems like it's worth a try at least. :)
     

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