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    Installing Off 2K Upgrade w/o Qualifying Product (Office 2k Premium)

    I recently got a new "backup" PC & was having problem installing Office 2K Premium (upgrade CD), as, aftering entering customer info & CD key, the setup program obstinately insisted I did not have a "qualifying product" to install upgrade, & unceremoniously booted me out. This after painstakingly installing PowerPoint 2.0 from a set of vintage floppies (which had to be copied to a Zip disk since the new PC does not have a floppy drive). After a couple of futile efforts, I tried again, but this time, when user info/CD key screen appeared, I simply clicked "Next" button (leaving everything blank, including CD key) & proceeded to install the 2K upgrade w/o any more static. (Oddly, the usual full setup screen did not appear, just a small dialog box with a progress meter similar to the one illustrated.) After installation was complete, first time I opened an Office app, the dreaded User Information screen reappeared. I entered my name, CD key, etc. then app opened in normal fashion. The screen did not appear again after opening the other Office apps for first time.

    So problem is resolved, just thought this may be useful for anyone with similar problem installing an Office upgrade. I just wonder if this would have worked same way if I didn't have the archaic version of PowerPoint installed....
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    Re: Installing Off 2K Upgrade w/o Qualifying Product (Office 2k Premium)

    I hope you got the real deal and not a "trial" install. Maybe it was only Office XP that had the trial install.

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    Re: Installing Off 2K Upgrade w/o Qualifying Product (Office 2k Premium)

    Mark--

    Did you have an actual Office version you were upgrading from on the hard drive, or was it not there. I'm not sure from this. Because if you con't have an actual version of Office or Windows on the drive, and install an Upgrade it's going to look for the files in set up and load the full product on whether it be 2000 of XP Windows or Office--you have to have a product key to reference, but you can get a full installation out of the upgrade version of Office 2000, Office XP, XP Pro or Home or 2000. Microsoft won't mention it in an advertisement or on a web page.

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    Re: Installing Off 2K Upgrade w/o Qualifying Product (Office 2k Premium)

    Your PowerPoint install may have failed to include the info needed to be a "qualifier". Since it came from a (copied) Zip disk, it could be missing something like the volume name, or other identifying info specific to the floppy.

    I always make sure I have at least one "legacy" drive in any new system (could be tricky if/when I move to laptops) for backwards compatibility. My last PC still had a 5
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    Re: Installing Off 2K Upgrade w/o Qualifying Product (Office 2k Premium)

    No, don't think it's a trial, ie, expires after x number of days. Only time I've seen that was with Office 2K Beta. I didn't check out any beta or trial edition of XP. My CD-ROM is legit, it better not expire!

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    Re: Installing Off 2K Upgrade w/o Qualifying Product (Office 2k Premium)

    It's possible it didn't recognize PPT 2.0 as qualifying because wasn't installed directly from floppy, but not sure if that's a factor. Same version of PPT worked as "qualifying" on other PC's where I installed Office 2K upgrade. New PC is a new Dell w/very compact CPU (less than half the size of the Dell I got just a year ago), there's only room for a CD-RW drive, a couple of USB 2.0 & IEEE 1394 connections, and a PC card slot. No archaic floppy drive. I don't suppose there's such a thing as an external floppy drive, like an external Zip drive, perhaps connecting via an USB port?? I still have my set of Windows 3.1 diskettes (all 6 of them), never know when they'll come in handy....

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    Re: Installing Off 2K Upgrade w/o Qualifying Product (Office 2k Premium)

    > I don't suppose there's such a thing as an external floppy drive

    Actually, many manufacturers (e.g., HP) sell a USB floppy drive for about $50. Dell had them available as accessories for the laptops we used to buy (now discontinued), but those used the parallel port or some other nonstandard connector rather than USB.

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    Re: Installing Off 2K Upgrade w/o Qualifying Product (Office 2k Premium)

    Mark, my question is off topic but how do you insert that graphic (the MS Office setup message box) into a post? When I have wanted to insert a graphic, I only seem to have the option of attaching a file. Thanks, Don

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    Re: Installing Off 2K Upgrade w/o Qualifying Product (Office 2k Premium)

    Don, I'll jump in here. It's still an attached file, but if the file has a graphic ending such as .GIF, .JPG, or .PNG, it will appear at the bottom of your post automatically. To display an image in the middle of your message, you need to have it hosted somewhere on the web and use the <!t>[image]<!/t> markup to display it in your post. Hope this helps.

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