Installing MS office 2013 - If I forget my email address in a few years and I need to re install it am I in trouble ?

Its such a pain installing Office 2013.

So Ive to install it for a client and they are not present.

Can I use my email address (on multiple installs of office with multiple S/N) to get to the point where I can download Office?

The reason I ask in 5 years time when I go to re install office on a new op sys after say a hard drive dies am I going to be in a situation where each serial number is tied to particular email address - That I cant remember !
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
If you are referring to logging into the Microsoft office site, creating a Windows Live account and logging in, entering your 25 digit product key, downloading the software and installing it?

Yes, that is the direction Microsoft is going. Some stores and online merchants are still selling the CD based retail product, but most are selling the product key cards which sounds like the version you have.

You can always put all that info into a word doc and save it with your other software. That;'s what I do so everything is in one place.

Hope this helps!
fcekAuthor Commented:
So for example ..........

Hard drive dies.

Add new hard drive and new op sys to same PC.

I cant remember what email address I used ...
I try a random email address I have.

MS office says sorry ......... that serial is not registered to that email ... try again and no hint?


Its linked / locked the serial to that that email address I first used ?

Good god is it that tight?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In the example you posed, yes you are snookered.

I keep this kind of stuff WELL documented in folders I know where stuff is and I keep it on two computers. Likewise my email is on two computers. Two computers will not die simultaneously.

So keep your documentation forever. My stuff goes back to 1996 on most cases.

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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
As I mentioned, you should create a document with all that information on it and store it with your software of other important information. If your hard drive does die, just find that document and you have all the info right there. This eliminates the need to remember that username and password you used five years ago.

The account setup site might even allow you to use your current email address. It normally does. if so, that is one less bit of new info you need.

Can you follow this process so you don;t have to worry about a hardware failure?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@fcek  - You just made me add both my Office 2010 and Office 2013 licensing, emails and details into my encrypted password file. I keep this on two computers.

So I have software details:

1. Labeled on the software box where applicable.
2. Documented in files on 2 computers.
3. Documented in emails on 2 computers.
4. Now documented in Password Corral on 2 computers.

I mean not to lose this information.
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fcekAuthor Commented:
Its stressful installing a new PC and I always kept serials and copys of DVDs to date.
Now its an email, password, and serial.  Just a pain in the $%^£

This is new to me now where an account has to be created for a MS download.... what a load of bull.
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
You could put the information in an unshared file in Google Drive or Windows SkyDrive.

You then have access to this from ANY computer with an Internet connection.

Or you could write it down on a piece of paper and lock it up in a safe place (at your Mom's house???)...

As Thinkpads_User says: BE REDUNDANT!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes, it is new, but a growing trend. I suggest you look at the way you store things, adapt it to this new way and keep it growing. This will reduce the stress. I have everything on my consulting work computer so I can grab it at a moment's notice.

... Thinkpads_User
fcekAuthor Commented:
I realise I will have to do this.
Just a pain is all.
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
Yes, I think we all agree on that!
fcekAuthor Commented:
Being a nomad tech Im thinking the best way to do this for pc or customer is to create
an **** address and document the user / pass and keep a record for them.
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