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Finding the MS Office 2004 licence key used

Posted on 2009-05-18
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I have decided to do a check up on all of our software licences. We have multiple copies of Microsoft Office 2004 installed before I started in the job and I would like to know who is using each licence on Mac OSX.

How can I go about doing this?
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Question by:jonathan-dunstans
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by:eth4rendil
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save this soft to a network disk http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

and then write a simple batch file and run it on every machine (or add it to all PC's startup)

batch:
@echo off
\\network_path_to_produkey\produkey.exe /stext \\path_to_outpud_\%computername%.txt

this script create in network path txt files with PC's names and all serials...
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by:jonathan-dunstans
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Will that work with Mac versions of office?
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by:eth4rendil
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Hmm it is not written on their web page. Try it on your one PC with Mac Office and you will see..
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by:jonathan-dunstans
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I have now done so and had no luck with it even finding out macs, it found the three Pc's but not the 8 macs.
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by:jonathan-dunstans
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Latest twist, I was mainly checking because it said my boss was having conflict getting on. It was saying he couldn't because another user was on. It turns out that other user is me. Which makes no sense because he is using a full version of Office and I am using an Upgrade with a different licence key.
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Eoin OSullivan earned 250 total points
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There's no way on OSX to tell the serial number of the running versions of MS Office on each Mac.  The serial number is encrypted in the OSX settings for MS Office and is not recoverable.

You'll see several other postings here on EE from others looking to recover MS Office serials on OSX and the answer is always the same.

If you have the serial numbers on the original CD or documentation you can UNREGISTER MS Office on each Mac and re-enter your serials.
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by:jonathan-dunstans
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Yeah thats a bit tedious but I guess it'll have to do. Its a bit off that Microsoft encrypt it as it causes a lot of hassle.
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by:jonathan-dunstans
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Bit of a shame that this is the only way to do things. But thanks.
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