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    Activation check? (Office XP)

    Okay, I'm shooting for the Dumb Question of the Month here. <img src=/S/trophy.gif border=0 alt=trophy width=15 height=15>

    How can one confirm they properly activated their installation of Office XP? Long ago, I installed and activated, but had to uninstall and revert back to Office 97 because my clients insisted on living in the past. When they caught up with the times, I took off 97 and put XP back.

    I think I did all the proper activation razzle dazzle, but I was abducted by aliens during the install and have missing time in my memory. <img src=/S/alien.gif border=0 alt=alien width=14 height=15> I just want to be sure so I don't wake up to unmarked black helicoptors hovering over my house. <img src=/S/nosleep.gif border=0 alt=nosleep width=27 height=15>

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    Re: Activation check? (Office XP)

    If you can't save any new documents after 30 days, then you know you did it wrong.

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    Re: Activation check? (Office XP)

    Great, I think I'm okay then. Well, at least my program is anyway.

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    Re: Activation check? (Office XP)

    You can open one of the Office applications, then select Activate Product... from Help menu. If product has already been activated, an informative message will pop up, as illustrated. Somewhere I've seen where specific activation information is stored, but cannot locate this at this time.
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    Re: Activation check? (Office XP)

    The activation data for Office XP is stored in a file called data.dat - on Win XP & 2K systems it can be found in:
    cocuments and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataMicrosoftOfficeData

    If you ever reformat the drive you just need to copy the file to save re-activating Office.

    The activation data for Windows XP is stored in a file called wpa.dbl and this can be found in c:windowssystem32

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    Re: Activation check? (Office XP)

    Just one of the reasons not to use XP!
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    Re: Activation check? (Office XP)

    No, hey... that's good enough for me. Mine is showing already activated so I feel better.

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    Re: Activation check? (Office XP)

    Aw, c'mon. And miss out on all this fun? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Activation check? (Office XP)

    What I am worried about is missing out on access to my data because the software decides I am not registered.
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    Re: Activation check? (Office XP)

    I hear ya! I think the whole thing is a sham. Since I got my bootlegged copy of Office back in the early 90's, Uncle Bill has made lots of money off of me and the clients I support. Had I not gotten that free copy, I may not have went on to be a power user and made him that money. He sure didn't loose money from THAT hot copy like he claims he does.

    If it wasn't for my clients using it, I would look to use another program. Activation to address bootlegs seems a bit extreme and causes many other negative concerns. I'm sure I don't understand all of Billy's reasons for it, but I'm sure greed is one of them. <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15>

    -Lenny

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