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    ? 4 U techies - uninstall MS Office

    The company i work for offers MS Office to its employees personal use as an 'extra seat' on its contract with MS. Through this program I was able to purchase MS Office Pro for $29. Unfortunately, my little part of the company is being sold off and therefore my 'seat' will no longer be legal. Chances are I could continue to use it indefinitely, but it would not be right and I want to do this correctly. So, I purchased a new copy of MS Office.

    Here's the question. I've been told that to install it over the current copy might not update all the serial number/user info and that I might not loose the little "Not for commercial use" banner in the title bar. The recommendation has been to uninstall office and then install my new copy. I've not had a lot of good luck uninstalling the more complex programs in the past and I don't want to fry my laptop. Is there a safe and clean way to do this?
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    Have you tried simply going to control panel and clicking 'uninstall'?
    Be sure to back-up any documents you don't want to lose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Have you tried simply going to control panel and clicking 'uninstall'?
    Be sure to back-up any documents you don't want to lose.
    That would be my first choice, but I wanted to get some feedback before throwing the switch just in case there were some issues others have experienced.
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    All you need to do is to change the product key, you can Google "MS office Change Product Key" and find the Microsoft instructions or use these http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/0...cense-key-vlk/

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    Paul is on to something there, but in the past I went to Control Panel / Add or Remove Programs / [select] Microsoft Office / [click] Remove

    Since you purchased a new copy it would be best to do a full install, license key, settings, etc. I have found in the past installing over a copy can be problematic.

    You will need to register (activate) the new copy and establish document paths, but it should not take forever. I would suggest running Office Update after the install to make sure are security patches are up to date.



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    prefernce's

    hey rennie i dont know how office works but in my software uses i have templates and preferences or print styles that i wouldnt want to go away.. you should check for those if you have any thing you dont want to have to remake those files should work in the new program and they are yours not the company's just save them to another folder somewhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Townend View Post
    Paul is on to something there, but in the past I went to Control Panel / Add or Remove Programs / [select] Microsoft Office / [click] Remove

    Since you purchased a new copy it would be best to do a full install, license key, settings, etc. I have found in the past installing over a copy can be problematic.

    You will need to register (activate) the new copy and establish document paths, but it should not take forever. I would suggest running Office Update after the install to make sure are security patches are up to date.
    OK - tried the uninstall - got this message
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    that looking to instal something you got get rid of your old first rennie
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    That was from the remove function in Control Panel?
    You didn't say what version of Office you want to remove, but take a look at this article: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928218



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    Well, 6 hours, running of a separate uninstaller, a registry repair program, and rebuilding the registry to its original state, and I finally got the new office product installed.

    Whew. I'm sure it would have gone smoother had I any idea of what I was doing.
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