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Office 2007 Standard Installation Media

I have a laptop that had a copy of Office 2007 Standard (apparently an academic licence). It wouldn't work and so I recovered the serial and then uninstalled it. I then used a copy of the same Standard version that I got from MS Technet to reinstall it. However, this installation will not take the serial, even though it is genuine and the same product.

I can get hold of the original disk in a few days but is there any way of loading the software now with the version I have and then getting the original key to work?

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Brian PringleSystems Analyst II, SCM, ERPCommented:
The TechNet keys are not compatible with retail or OEM versions of Office.  You need to use the original media to get this to work.

You can use the one from TechNet temporarily in trial mode for up to 25 days.  That should allow you time to use it until you can get the CD.  Then, when you have the CD, you can uninstall/reinstall with the correct version.
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alfaroAuthor Commented:
It's a bit odd though, isn't it. Surely the serial should be the important thing not the installation media..
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Brian PringleSystems Analyst II, SCM, ERPCommented:
It is the same way with Windows.  You can have OEM, Retail, TechNet, Action Pack, or etc.  They all require different formats of product key.
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alfaroAuthor Commented:
i've found that with Windows you can usually install with a Technet disc and then put in the genuine key afterwards and it activates ok.
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Brian PringleSystems Analyst II, SCM, ERPCommented:
I have had that work with Windows Vista and 7, but not with any of their other products.
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alfaroAuthor Commented:
Same here thinking about it. Probably because you can't install XP without the key like you can with the later OS's.
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alfaroAuthor Commented:
I've found a workaround. I downloaded the Office 2007 Std Trial and that let me enter the code no problem. That will save me sometime tomorrow.

I will allocate the points for you confirmation of the different versions of MS products...

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alfaroAuthor Commented:
Good advice
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