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    MS Office 2003 (Professional Promo OEM with Keycode)

    I recently purchased an HP Pavilion Laptop that came pre-loaded with Vista Home Premium and a free trial of MS office. I have not activated the free offer and would like to purchase " MS Office 2003 Professional Promo OEM with Keycode". Will I have a problem loading the OEM version with an existing version (but not activated) of Office on my machine? Can I uninstall the pre-loaded version and erase all memory of its existence? The OEM Promo version does not come with technical support for installation so I would like some confidence it will install properly before I purchase it.

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    Re: MS Office 2003 (Professional Promo OEM with Keycode)

    Office 2003? I would think that with Vista they would put Office 2007.
    The short answer is no you won't have a problem. But may I give you this food for though. On a trial version you must activate it to use all of the features. Activation is different than purchasing. If you purchase the Office suite that came with your computer your tech support for that product will come from HP and not Microsoft. Personally I would rather get my tech support right from the horses mouth so to speak than from a second party that is why on the computers that I buy, I delete ALL trial software.
    If you want to try Office 2007 Pro or Office 2003 Pro download a trial from Microsoft Downloads. and buy it through Microsoft. Thats just my opinion.
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    Re: MS Office 2003 (Professional Promo OEM with Keycode)

    It is best that you uninstall the trial version as it is NOT the Pro version which it appears that you want.
    The trial version is only good for about 90 days and then it will not work. What version of office is this trial version?

    To remove the trial version, go to Control panel, then the Programs and you will see a link 'Uninstall a program', click it. Wait until the list is finished and then scroll down to the MS Office Trial and click to remove. Once this is done, then you may need to restart your machine and then you can install your new copy of Office.

    I do not know where you are going to get a copy of "MS Office 2003 Professional Promo OEM with Keycode" as it can only be obtained with a new machine. You are going to have to buy a retail copy.

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    Re: MS Office 2003 (Professional Promo OEM with Keycode)

    From the page that you listed
    <hr>This is a full version (not an upgrade) Office 2003 Professional with Keycode.
    <big><font color=red>This version is not intended for resale.</font color=red></big>
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    It is NOT legal to sell a OEM type of program or OS when NOT with a machine.

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    Re: MS Office 2003 (Professional Promo OEM with Ke

    The photo of that particular package looks exactly like the ones given out to attendees of the Office 2003 launch event. The upper disk is Office Professional and the lower disk is OneNote. I have no idea how Vio got its hands on any of those, and it is true that on the lower back of the folder it says "ENCLOSED SOFTWARE IS NOT FOR RESALE." Obviously, then, it should be free. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    (But seriously, Microsoft seems to be "looking the other way" on these and focusing its energies on big time counterfeiters.)

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    Re: MS Office 2003 (Professional Promo OEM with Keycode)

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    Dave

    I was planning on buying the Office 2003 Promo Professional over the web from VIO Software: Promo
    The company has a good customer rating and has been around for a few years. What are the Pros and cons of going this route? I don't need the professional version but it contains the software I want (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint and Publisher). I want to maintain compatibility with my home computer (DELL running XP with Small Office 2002).

    John2007

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    Re: MS Office 2003 (Professional Promo OEM with Ke

    Wouldn't there also be the question of who is going to support it? If it is OEM and came with the computer, then the computer manufacture supports it. If it came from Vio, and is OEM then who supports it? Vio?
    I think you would be money and headache free just to buy a non OEM
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