I need some help. Previously if I had to reload a computer for a client I would run Belarc Advisor and could obtain the product key for MS Office versions 2003-2010.
Since I began using 2013 I've had an issue keeping with licensing and have discovered that Belarc advisor no longer reports the product key (unless I'm overlooking somehow.)
There are 2 different scenarios
1. Purchase Office 2013 via click 2 run with a new computer and select "purchase" when the choice to "activate or purchase" options appears at the beginning of installation
When you purchase from here, you receive a product code. Initially I logged that product code and which machine it belonged to. I didn't know that when you performed to the required "link to ms account" that the product code changed. When I say it changed I mean, by looking in the msaccount at my software, selecting "install from a disk" then "view product key" it shows a different product key. Before I figured this out I had a a single email that I'd linked several product codes given at purchase, thinking that since I recorded the product code I was given at purchase I'd be able to keep track of what went where. But since the product code changed after linking I had several products with codes that I have no idea of what goes where.
Since I've discovered this I began keeping track of what the codes are initially, then recording what they changed to.
My question on this one is "How can I tell which product code belongs to which computer?" Is there a way for me to look at the changed product key and determine which original code it went with?
I did find this site that helps http://www.msoutlook.info/question/537
. You can determine the last 4 of the installed/changed product code, but it doesn't help match to the original code given.
2 Another twist is that I purchased Office from dell, and at the click to run I provided the code they gave me. The product activated with no need to "link to a Microsoft account" Does anyone know if this product gets changed? I did something similar with CDW and two other machines. I believe they also sent a COA with product key that had no requirement of linking to a ms account. If so the product definitely changed because I look at the numbers I logged and compare to the last 4 of the script mentioned in the link above and there is no match.
Sorry if I'm confusing. it's a confusing/frustrating topic.