Office 2007 missing licence key and media

I have a computer with a working, legitimate version of Office 2007.  I want to wipe vista and reload a full version of Windows 7.  I do not want to upgrade.  However I do not have the media or the licence key.  How do I, first retrieve the licence key and second, find out exactly which media CD I need.  I  will either order the media CD or possibly use my media CD or even download the media CD.  I just need to do this right the first time.  Once the computer is wiped, there will be no going back.

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Run5kCommented:
You can use the freeware Magical Jellybean KeyFinder to find your product key.  It will also tell you the version of Office 2007 that you are running.  If that product key is legitimate, you should be able to use another Office 2007 disc of the same variety to install it on your Windows 7 build.

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/
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Maen Abu-TabanjehNetwork Administrator, Network ConsultantCommented:
through registry is almost impossible you need key finder tools that can retrieve the key like winkey finder
here is list of key finder tools :

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/productkeysactivation/tp/topkeyfinder.htm
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you have an illegitimate version of Office 2007, do you not need to purchase a proper version?  

I have RecoverKeys (paid) that gives me all this information, but it does not give me the correct name for my Office Pro installation (which is completely legitimate). So you may not get complete information anyway.  


.... Thinkpads_User
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
WinKeyFinder http://www.winkeyfinder.com/ will get the key for you. However, there is no way (no easy way) to tell which media type it is - if its an OEM version then its tied to the hardware and is not transferable.

Even if its not then it may refuse to activate as you have installed and activated it on other hardware and you will have to contact Microsoft to get them to give you another key (which they will willingly do if its legitimate).

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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Sorry I've just noticed that you say you have  'illegitimate version of Office 2007'

By  'illegitimate' I assume you mean a pirated version - it would be against EE policy to advise on this.
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KelloggMarineAuthor Commented:
Sorry, stupid spell check, I have a "legitimate" copy.  It's legal.  Does that change anybody's reply?   KCTS said the OEM was tied to the hardware, well this is not changing, just the OS.  Finding the correct media is a big concern.  I don't know if it is as picky as XP and that can be a bitch.  Shouldn't the media type or CD label be embedded somewhere, registry or ID file?  or maybe any Office 2007 CD will work (i doubt it)
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Run5kCommented:
As I mentioned in my original replay, the freeware Magical Jellybean KeyFinder will also tell you the version of Office 2007 that you are running.  For example, on my current domain workstation it provides me with the product key and tells me that I am running "Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007."

Using my configuration as it applies to your situation, I would need to specifically borrow a Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007 installation disc and use the product key that I retrieved in order to install Office on my newly built Windows 7 machine.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Recover Keys (and others) will tell you if it is OEM or not

OEM looks like XXXX-OEM-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXX

OEM is tied to the hardware and not transferrable. I do not know if this includes reinstall with a new OS.

If your existing computer is working, Office Help, About will tell you if your version is Pro, Standard or Other.

If it is OEM, call Microsoft Support and explain. They will tell you what route to follow and they are normally helpful.

.... Thinkpads_User
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KelloggMarineAuthor Commented:
This is what i got back form both Winkeyfinder and Magical Jellybean KeyFinder.  What does that tell you?  Is it Microsoft Office Professional 2007 full retail or upgrade or something else or does it matter?

Microsoft Office Professional 2007
Product ID: 89392-707-5953051-65643
CD Key: HCG2J-W36CC-00000-00000-00000 (I didn't want to post the whole key so I changed to zeros)
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Run5kCommented:
You would need a disc with the full version of Microsoft Office Professional 2007.  Unless you have something else to upgrade from, it is essentially like you are starting from scratch.
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Well it tells you the Key, and it looks like its most likely a retail version of office Professional 2007 - Its still not possible to be 100% certain.

Try with Office 2007 Professional Media - you may still have to ring Microsoft to complete the activation process as I described earlier.
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KelloggMarineAuthor Commented:
OK, I aw wiping and reloading now.  I will reply as soon as I know.  Give me a couple of days please.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
>>> OK, I am wiping and reloading now   <--- Did you try to determine the version of Office from Help, About before doing this?   ... Thinkpads_User
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KelloggMarineAuthor Commented:
thinkpads_user, I did a screen shot just in case, thanks :)
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KelloggMarineAuthor Commented:
The Magical Jellybean KeyFinder and winkeyfinder both gave same results and the link jordannet posted http://pcsupport.about.com/od/productkeysactivation/tp/topkeyfinder.htm seemed to have all the key finders.  Getting the correct key is obviously the most important part.  I don't know how many different CD types Microsoft makes or if one CD fits all and only the key makes the difference or if there are only retail versions and OEM versions.  This would be great to know how many media types there are.

I had a version of Office 2007 from work that worked with my recovered key.  I would have love to try other media but I only had the one version and it worked.
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