Nice new Laptop, New Vista, WTF is a product Key!!

#1
Hi Fellow Arrsers,
Mrs Devil bless her has gone out of her way to buy me a shiney new Laptop with the new Vista program..MMmmm nice i thought.
Started to cut around the Vista program to get a feel etc only to come across Microsoft Office 2007 and low and behold i can't get access due to this bloody Product Key.
So no Product Key no Writey letters and ******* around with Excel spreadsheets and Powerpoint Pressers.
So where does one get a Product key from?
And i'm sure as hell ain't going to PC (Ripoff) World to buy MS2007 for an extortionate amount of Wonga.
Any help greatfully received.
DEVIL :twisted:
 
#2
You should have got a bundle of stuff with it. Look on the back of one of the microshaft discs/booklets and it will have a barcode, hologram and a long list of numbers and letters broken into quadrants. It should say 'product key'.
 
#3
You should have a product key (thats MS bullshoite speak for an activation code!) somewhere with the documentation for the laptop/software... unless your old lady got it in leui of cash behind the boozer for being spit roasted...!!! :D

(It might be on the base (bottom side) of the laptop)
 
#4
Failing that....take the laptop back to the shop because you're far too stupid to own it ;)
 
#5
dance_with_the_devil said:
Hi Fellow Arrsers,
Mrs Devil bless her has gone out of her way to buy me a shiney new Laptop with the new Vista program..MMmmm nice i thought.
Started to cut around the Vista program to get a feel etc only to come across Microsoft Office 2007 and low and behold i can't get access due to this bloody Product Key.
So no Product Key no Writey letters and * around with Excel spreadsheets and Powerpoint Pressers.
So where does one get a Product key from?
And i'm sure as hell ain't going to PC (Ripoff) World to buy MS2007 for an extortionate amount of Wonga.
Any help greatfully received.
DEVIL :twisted:
Is it a 60 day trial?

Are you on DII?

msr
 
#6
Thanks for the "Useful" advise Arsers.
Will look for said Hologram and gase at wonder at it's brilliance!
 
#7
Hope u got ift fixed mate.

Have Softphone with BT myself on WiFi. Can make calls out, no calls in....grrrrr Nice with the Dell, no other hardware needed for voicecalls (but no feckin calls in).
 
#8
dance_with_the_devil said:
Thanks for the "Useful" advise Arsers.
Will look for said Hologram and gase at wonder at it's brilliance!
Any hologram on the laptop itself will be for windows Vista not M$ Office.

I suspect you have a 60 day trial version of Office.

There are alternatives if you don't want to pay for it......

http://www.openoffice.org/
 
#9
If its the trial version - they seem to have stopped giving away anything except nasty "Works" with laptops - then MS will want you to pay for it after 60 days....

If you are a DII ( or indeed LAND CSSR) user you can get a copy of Office 2007 for £17 from MS as a "home user", all nice and legit, takes a couple of weeks to arrive though.

I'll post a link from work tomorrow....
 
#10
TheShiningPath said:
If its the trial version - they seem to have stopped giving away anything except nasty "Works" with laptops - then MS will want you to pay for it after 60 days....

If you are a DII ( or indeed LAND CSSR) user you can get a copy of Office 2007 for £17 from MS as a "home user", all nice and legit, takes a couple of weeks to arrive though.

I'll post a link from work tomorrow....
http://sabs.sbl.r.mil.uk

msr
 
#11
IT_Guy said:
dance_with_the_devil said:
Thanks for the "Useful" advise Arsers.
Will look for said Hologram and gase at wonder at it's brilliance!
Any hologram on the laptop itself will be for windows Vista not M$ Office.

I suspect you have a 60 day trial version of Office.

There are alternatives if you don't want to pay for it......

http://www.openoffice.org/
Cheers IT GUY,
Yeah like a pleb I used the 25 digit from the Holographic image on the base of my Lappy, and sure as pigs do root in shit, it fcuked me off at the high port!!
MS 2007 can fcuk right off, im downloading Open Office.
Cheers for the input Fellow Arrsers

DEVIL :evil:
 
#12
FWIW you might want to try this web site:

Spotmau.Com

They appear to offer software that looks for MS product keys for a modest $19.95 USD.
 
#13
They come with a trial version of Office, you will have to go to Microsoft and buy a licence key. Infact, here is a reply I've just done from my column in PC Advisor magazine on the very same subject:

Q. I've a question regarding Windows Vista MS Office 2007 Medialess Licence Kits.
I purchased a Mesh PC in January with a 60-day Trial of MS Office 2007 Home & Student version, but for one reason or another didn't activate the Trial until May. When it expired in July, I installed the PCA July DVD Office 2007 Professional Trial, which is imminently going to run out (although it's not given me any warnings yet?).
Can I purchase an MLK for MS Office Professional from a reseller - and save £60.00 or so over an Amazon quoted price for a full installation DVD - or won't it work as it is not the version actually OEM installed? Also, if it will work, would it matter if it was installed with an MLK after the end of the 60-day trial, rather than before?

Phil Barstow

A. Digging through the various licensing sites at Microsoft it appears that the Medialess Licence Kits are only intended to provide keys for versions of Office 2007 installed using their OPK Master Kit. These are only available to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). What they would do is to install the version of Office 2007 on their machines and ship them to buyers. As part of the shipment a buyer would receive a serial number in a MLK to enter into Office when it first starts.
After the 60 day trial period is up Office will revert to a reduced functionality mode which means that you cannot create any new files, or modify and save existing files. You can however, view and print them. You will also receive warning messages with an option to convert to the full version; this is where you can enter your Office key if you have one.
If you wish to activate you version of Office before the end of the trial simply open up any Office application, click the Microsoft Office icon, click the program name options, select Resources and click Activate.
Looking around online I do see plenty of people selling Office 2007 MLKs, but please be careful as you may be buying a dodgy licence which Microsoft may not validate. Always use a recognised retailer both online and offline for peace of mind.
Hope this helps. Go for the Home version BTW, it is cheaper.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000HCZ8EO/?tag=armrumser-21
 
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