Find CD Key for Office Mac v.x

Posted on 2004-11-23
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have many copies of Microsoft office mac v.x at my job.  Many are conflicting with one another saying another user is running that office application.  I need to know if I can retrieve the CD key from office mac so I can reassign the users and organize all the copies we have.
Question by:michaelcarandang
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    Each user has to have their unique Office CD-KEY.   The master PID (an encoding of the CD-KEY code for the mac) is stored in the invisible file in /Applications/Microsoft Office X/Office/OfficePID.

    Also check out and remove these files : 'Carbon registration Database', 'Microsoft Office Settings', and 'Office Registration Cache X' located in ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft.

    If that won't work, then you have to use program called Remove Office (in Microsoft Office X CD) to remove the office, and then reinstall it again.  It will ask you to input a serial number.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks idarmadi,

    I found that invisible file.  Is there any way to view this file and read the encoded CD Key.  The issue I am having is that before I arrived to my job Office MAC was just randomly installed.  I have all the CD's and there corresponding CD Key.  I just want to compare what machine has what copy installed and reorganize and eliminate duplicate installations and possibly purchase more Office MAC CD's.  I would greatly appreciate it you or someone else can assist me in decoding the CD Key if at all possible.
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    Since it is encoded, there will be no easy way to read it.  A more practical way is to remove those files, forcing Office X to ask the CD-Key again, and you assign a new one.

    I had the same problem with you.  I made a list of which serial number belong to whom, and literally went to the computer one by one to 'fix' it.  "Only" took a couple of hours to 'fix' 30+ mac.
    It will take longer if you try to 'decode' an encypted file.

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