I have MS Office 2003 Standard Edition installed on one machine, and just got a second machine with Office 2003 Basic (like standard, but w/o Powerpoint) pre-installed. I want to have Powerpoint on the new machine, not the old machine. (I.e., I'm NOT trying to get around the licensing terms or steal the software.) The easiest thing to do would be to uninstall Powerpoint on the old machine, whip out the XP Standard disks and try to install Powerpoint on the new machine. But I'm reasonably certain that because the two products (Standard and Basic) have different serial numbers, Windows will choke and try to do something bad to me if I try that. I also thought about just uninstalling the programs on both machines, and then re-installing them, each on the other machine. BUT, I'm afraid of what the product activation deal will do if I try that after having activated them already, and besides, it appears that because the Basic edition is OEM, it can ONLY be installed on the machine it came with.
I've tried for hours to find some info on the MS web site, or even just a customer service phone number, to no avail. (The only links labeled "customer service; non-technical support" link to phones for pay-per-incident technical support for specific products.)
Anyone have a clue how to do this, or at least an actual non-tech support service phone number at MS where they can tell me what to do (short of: "buy another copy of the standard ed. for $350, ha ha ha")?