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    Using previously installed Office/2K

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    Situation: I have a laptop running Win2K (single partition 18 GB with about 3-4 GB free). A previous install of Win2K for which I do NOT have the admin password but do have a non-admin password has a working copy of Office/2K. Both versions of Win2K (the original is installed in C:WINNT, the new one to which I have admin access to is installed in C:WINNTX) share a single C:Program Files, though the only programs "useable" under the "new" Win2K are those I have reinstalled.

    Question: Is there any way using "app_mover" (http://www.funduc.com/app_mover.htm) or any other (hopefully) freeware program(maybe InstallRite?) that I can gain access to the Office/2K programs? Currently, to use them, I have to reboot and select the original Win2K and then log in under the unprivileged account.

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    Re: Using previously installed Office/2K

    I don't think so. What application mover utilities (or something like Partition Magic that can move applications) do is make alterations to the Windows registry to point keys to the new directory path where you've moved the application. I think what you've done is installed a second copy of W2K (in order to gain admin privileges), which has created a new registry along with it. Office doesn't exist in this registry, so there's nothing to move. Does that make sense?

    Instead, what may have been the better choice was to reinstall W2K over the current installation and see if the registry pointers were preserved - I haven't tried this, since whenever I reinstall an OS I deliberately want to reinstall the apps cleanly. I doubt this would work.

    Bottom line: I believe there's no getting around having the Office 2K product key.

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    Re: Using previously installed Office/2K

    Keely: what you say makes sense. I had already tried installing Win2K over the first C:WINNT but of course that didn't give me admin access to it. I was hoping (probably vainly) that I might be able to
    (1) log in to the first and somehow extract a Reg file that would contain all the required info about Office and then be able to
    (2) log into the second Win2K in C:WINNTX and merge the Reg file created in (1).
    It would be interesting to know if this could work in a situation where ADMIN access wasn't an issue (probably yes?) but I'm guessing that without it I'm not going to be able to get access to all the keys required in step (1)

    Thanks for your advice ;-(

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