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Is my Office 2007 Professional Product Key for a Trial Version?

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Please help me, I want to check to make sure my product key for Microsoft Office 2007 Professional is for the Full version of the software, not a trial.  I bought it on eBay.

How can I check to see what kind of product the product key is for?

Thanks in advance!
Ben
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by:wolfcamel
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not much you can do until you install, use the key and go to activate it - you will then know if it is dodgy or not
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by:rockiroads
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that is totally risky buying a key like that. it could be genuine, perhaps the seller has msdn accounts and with the free retail keys you get, that person is selling them on or it could be a scam.

so as wolfcamel says you don't know until you install the product and use the key. once installed you the genuine check tool from ms http://www.microsoft.com/howtotell/   -   http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/default.aspx?displaylang=en&PartnerID=4  to see if its valid or not.

if not valid then you will be at a loss. you could complain about the seller to ebay/ms but doubt there is much they can do. worth a try though
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by:BenLane513
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Well, it isn't just the license key.  I bought the box with CDs, sales, shrink wrapped and all.
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by:YiHateu
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You might be able to call MS and check with them otherwise as suggested by wolfcamel you will need to install.  Then once it is installed you can manually check by checking the following:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941461/en-us
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by:wolfcamel
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you still need to install to find out - but your chance of it being legit is looking better!
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by:rockiroads
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>> Well, it isn't just the license key.  I bought the box with CDs, sales, shrink wrapped and all.

ah, you should of said that first. That does make a difference as it appears to be genuine. still you can order trial copies from ms though usually its a cd in a cover, some documentation and the product key. as wolfcamel says you still have to install it.

you got the links to check genuine software. also once installed run something like word, click on top left icon, go to word options then last option (resources I think) then select "about" and see what that dialog says.
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by:BenLane513
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ViHateu, will that link tell me if it is trial or full version?  Or can I know that during installation or in "About" when running one of the programs?
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by:rockiroads
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the link given to you, read it it says

Note the second set of numbers in the product ID. This number represents the channel ID value for that product. For example, if the product ID is 73931-640-2474146-57484, the channel ID value is 640.

in your case if its 000, 436 or 460 then its a trial

but I couldnt find reference to office 2007 in that link, still its one way to check.

why do you not feel the need to install?
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by:BenLane513
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I went ahead and installed it.

Here are a couple of screen shots showing the "About" of the product.  The Product ID has a "707" in it.

Does this look like Full Version?
About1.jpg
About2.jpg
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by:rockiroads
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That looks like its a full licence. I take it you have activated it and no problems with it.
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by:BenLane513
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Correct, it says it has been activated.
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if its a trial then I dont think that licence info is displayed like that. dont think the product key is displayed
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by:wolfcamel
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also - the trial edition doesnt have a license key - it can be installed by oems, and it will run for 60 days and request a key..it is really just an installation of the OEM version without putting a key in.
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Thanks!
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