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    Can I do this legally??? (Office XP)

    I have Office XP small business on the machine I use most of the time. We just ordered another machine that will be coming with Office XP Professional. We needed Pro for Access but neither need nor want Power Point on that machine. Since we will NOT even be installing Power Point on that machine, (it is not coming with Office installed - we will be doing that), can I legally install it on this machine without raising the wrath of Microsoft? It will not be installed on 2 machines. Is this OK or am I screwed. <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23>

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    Re: Can I do this legally??? (Office XP)

    Legally NOT.
    "Software Product" under EULA terms is Microsoft Office as whole, including all components (but excluding some "Media Elements"). From EULA point of view, if you install only PowerPoint, or Word, or Excel from your Office package, you install WHOLE PRODUCT:

    "Separation of Component Parts. The Software Product is licensed as a single product. Its component parts may not be separated for use on more than one Device unless expressly permitted by this EULA."

    Read EULA carefully.

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    Re: Can I do this legally??? (Office XP)

    Morally, in your situation, I'd probably live with the guilty conscience <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>, especially at home. If for work, make sure whoever carries the can knows that you're wandering off the straight and narrow, just in case.

    I liked Borland's early EULAs. I don't remember the exact terms, but they expressly allowed you to instal the same software on more than one PC, as long as only one copy was in use at any one time.
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    Re: Can I do this legally??? (Office XP)

    Even Microsoft used to have something similar in their EULA, it wasn't just Borland. I think Lotus was one of the few publishers who was fanatical about installing in one and only one location way back when. These days, software piracy has cost too much for the publishers to be generous, so they went the other direction. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Can I do this legally??? (Office XP)

    Being Office XP, they will require that dreaded word "Activation" which may NOT be allowed on second machine.

    That said, I believe that Office Pro, retail NOT OEM, can be installed on a desktop and a laptop, which my copy will allow me to do, and they are both be activated and REGISTERED. The laptop copy has been install 12 times, since it is my beta testing machine and it gets rebuilt all the time.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Can I do this legally??? (Office XP)

    Yes, I remember when you could install Office on two computers, a work (or home) computer & a laptop. The idea behind it was sound...as long as you paid for Office, you (& only you) should be able to use it wherever you wanted. But theft has hurt everyone. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

    I also remember when unlimited support was <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>.

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    Re: Can I do this legally??? (Office XP)

    Please clarify.

    I tried to find the word "support" in the MSFT dictionary.
    I gues that it has become defined.

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    Re: Can I do this legally??? (Office XP)

    <hr>Please clarify.<hr>
    You could call a 206 area code & just pay the telephone charges for an unlimited amount of time for questions. Or you could ask questions directly on their support page. You could do this 6 months after purchasing e.g. MS Word, a year, 2 years...

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