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    Purchasing 2nd Hand / Used software (Office 2000)

    I am after Office 2000, and second hand prices suit my wallet. However, I remember back in my training days that when Office 2000 was installed on one machine, that Product Key would ensure that Office 2000 could be used almost infinately. If another machine installed office 2000 using the same disc and the same Product Key, it would install ok, but would only allow each application to open 50 times each before they were then in-accessible.

    Can someone confirm this is true, before I part with my well earned $$$$. Thanks

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    Re: Purchasing 2nd Hand / Used software (Office 20

    Whether Office can be transferred (legally) to another computer depends on the terms of the license. If the product was originally purchased at retail, either as a full version or an upgrade, the license should contain specific provisions regarding the steps needed to transfer the license. There may be some hassle involved in this, as you point out, in the activation process, but if you and the seller go by the book, you should be able to resolve it.

    If the product was obtained with a computer under an OEM license, it most likely is not transferable to you.

    Some Microsoft licensing resources for further information: http://www.microsoft.com/nz/licensing/

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    Re: Purchasing 2nd Hand / Used software (Office 2000)

    For Office 2000 there is no physical limit on how often you can install it. The real limit is the license agreement and that's up to you to ignore or not.

    I've installed my Office 2000 CD many times due to various computer failures over the years or just to have it on one home PC and one work PC. It wasn't until Office 2003 that MS came up with a true method to limit multiple installations (although that can be gotten around for legitimate reasons if you contact MS first).

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    Re: Purchasing 2nd Hand / Used software (Office 20

    I think activation was added starting with retail versions of Office 2000 SR-1. See this list: Microsoft Product Activation: Products.

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    Re: Purchasing 2nd Hand / Used software (Office 20

    Office 2000 was the test base, but required activation in only a few countries, and I think the Aussie's were one of them

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    Re: Purchasing 2nd Hand / Used software (Office 20

    I think it depends, Jefferson. My Office 2000 Premium/Developer never required activation the way that XP does, just registration. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Purchasing 2nd Hand / Used software (Office 20

    I had the "upgrade" version of that package, and I don't recall activation running either. Perhaps we'll have to dig back through the Lounge's past to pinpoint the scope of Microsoft's experiment with Office 2000.

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    Re: Purchasing 2nd Hand / Used software (Office 20

    I think Australia was the "test bed" for office activation and that started with O2K - it was a nightmare, much worse than now because if the automatic activation didn't work there was no way Microsoft would provide you with a method for activating the software (I had a hard disk failure not long after install and ended up having to buy another copy).

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