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    Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2000-2003)

    I have versions of Office from 97 through 2003. Currently I am using 2003 and have no need for the older versions. Can I legally give an older version to a friend? She is in desperate need of Office but can't afford to buy it. I know I faithfully registered all my versions - is that an issue? Or does Microsoft expect us to throw away the older versions - even if someone else could use them? Can I call Microsoft and transfer an older version to a different name? Or is this taboo? Please don't throw pies at me <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> I am sincerely unsure of what is legal.

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    Re: Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2

    Normally, MS allows the transfer of a license one time. From this page you can find the End User License Agreement for almost any Microsoft product.

    I would suspect that a license transfer would be legitimate ONLY if your older versions of Office are full retail versions (i.e. NOT "upgrades").
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    Re: Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2000-2003)

    You can give or sell them if it is a full version, AND your current version is a full version. You can only give/sell update versions if the person you give/sell it to currently has a full version.
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    Re: Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2

    > She is in desperate need of Office...

    She should consider trying OpenOffice.org (available from http://openoffice.org/). It will read and write Microsoft formats. The earlier ("stable") version is solid for word processing, and the new version, now available as a public beta, should significantly improve the spreadsheet and presentation modules. Of course, if she needs to run VBA or WordBasic macros, or use other specific Microsoft proprietary features, then never mind. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2000-2003)

    Remember also one can get the Students and Teachers edition for $150 or less. I have seen it as low a $95 USD.

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    Re: Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2

    OK, a few questions/answers:
    <UL><LI>I have the full version of Office 2002, the upgrade of XP, and the full version of 2003, So, it sounds like I can give her 2002 and XP?
    <LI>Where does one buy the student version? I looked online but kept getting confused with the student version and the new Microsoft Student
    <LI>If I give her 2002 & XP, do I have to register the ownership change with Microsoft and if so where/how?[/list]
    I am also going to tell her about Open Office...

    Thanks for the input everyone.
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    Re: Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2

    > Where does one buy the student version? I looked online but kept getting confused with the student version and the new Microsoft Student

    You might have more luck searching for "academic version".

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    Re: Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2

    Try searching on "Office 2003 Student and Teacher"
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    Re: Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2

    The Office license should explain any steps you have to take to transfer the license. The recipient might be required to re-register (or at least re-activate), but at least the latest license (Office 2003 Standard (PDF))does not mention having to update Microsoft:
    <hr>If you are the person who initially licensed the Software, you may make a one-time permanent transfer of this EULA, Software and Certificate of Authenticity (if applicable) to another end user, provided that you do not retain any copies of the Software. This transfer must include all of the Software (including all component parts, the media and printed materials, any upgrades, this EULA, and, if applicable, the Certificate of Authenticity). The transfer may not be an indirect transfer, such as a consignment. Prior to the transfer, the end user receiving the Software must agree to all the EULA terms.<hr>
    (I didn't find the 2000 or XP license online in an initial search.)

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    Re: Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2

    I have the OEM version of Office 2003, and it doesn't say that. What it does say is


    <hr>The Software is licensed with the Computer as a single integrated product and may only be used with the Computer. If the Software is not accompanied by a Computer, you may not use the Software. You may permanently transfer all of your rights under this EULA only as part of a permanent sale or transfer of the Computer,<hr>

    So the answer to the original question may depend on whether Sherry has an OEM version or the full retail version.

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    Re: Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2

    Yes, in exchange for a lower price, OEM licenses are more restricted.

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    Re: Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2

    My Office 2002 is the full retail version and the XP upgrade is a retail also. I don't know what is going to happen about this - my friend is researching the student version and I am having second thoughts. Only because I know how most people "out there" feel about loaning out version CDs. I won't do it but "they" scoff... So, if she can get the student version that will be a good thing. At least now I know what I can do - if I found a needy person who would respect my scruples <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. Thanks for all the input - you guys are great!
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    Re: Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2

    You paid for Office 2000 full version.
    You paid for Office XP Upgrade.
    You paid for Office 2003 full version.
    You can do anything you want with office 2000 but if you donate/sale Office XP you must also include Office 2000.
    I have donated old versions away and did not keep copies, which is what is required to keep Microsoft off your back.
    If they change the rules with new versions that does not change the rules for older versions.
    If your genurose gift will help someone else then give away.

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    Re: Old Versions - Can They Be 'Donated' (Office 2

    I'll disagree slightly with this part:

    > You can do anything you want with office 2000 but if you donate/sale Office XP
    > you must also include Office 2000.

    Actually, I think it is the recipient who has to worry about complying with the upgrade requirements. The donor/seller need not do anything other than uninstall XP and erase/destroy any copies of it, and could even revert to using Office 2000 if she liked.

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