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what is the product ID for office 97-lost certificate with product ID and cannot install.
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Hi,

FYI:

"Product Key / CD key length Office 97 OEM"
[ http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/MS_Office/Q_21178330.html ]

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Accepted Answer from byundt
Date: 10/22/2004 01:08PM BST
Grade: C

Hi paulaas,
If Office 97 is still running on the computer, then you can get the Product ID from the Help...About Excel menu item (or the equivalent in any other Office application). The CD key is a simple transposition of the digits in the Product ID. Belarc Advisor and Magical Jelly Bean can also produce the CD Key if Office 97 is still listed in the Windows registry.

On my computer, my CD key and product ID have the values (n, x and y are digit placeholders):
         nnn0-nnnnnnn             CD-key
xxxxx-nnn-nnnnnnn-0yyyy     Product ID

The transposition between CD-key and Product ID was to move the 0 from position 4 in CD-key to position 16 in the Product ID. In addition to this, additional digits were inserted at the beginning and end of the Product ID. The last four of these additional digits vary from one install to a reinstallation on the same computer; the first five added digits appear to be constant.


Cheers!

Brad
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Comment from byundt
Date: 12/22/2004 12:41PM GMT

Your product key is stored in the registry, so if you still can access the old system you can use a tool like Belarc Advisor or Magical Jelly Bean to retrieve that key
Magical Jelly Bean KeyFinder: http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml    The Beta version may be required for Office 2003
Belarc Advisor: http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
Note: Neither of these two products will work on Office 2000.

If there is no chance to get access to the old system's registry, then you need to contact Microsoft to get a new key. They will ask you for your Product ID, which you can find using the Help...About Microsoft Excel menu item (or any other Office application).

How to replace lost, broken, or missing Microsoft software or hardware
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;%5Bln%5D;326246

**Replacement of CD or Product Keys
To replace a CD or Product Key, you must contact PSS. To locate the appropriate phone number for your product, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx?rdpath=gp;en-us;cntactms
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BFN,

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As I provided the only 'solution', then obviously I am a little biased... however, the comment posted can aid the question asker in regaining the product information as requested, so I would like to recommend my posting as the accepted solution.

Thank you.

BFN,

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