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mtbinva 06-10-2011 01:08 PM

Location of 2011 Product Key - Old hard drive
 
So, I'm out of town and ran out of room of my hard drive. I bought a new one and did a Carbon Copy Cloner. Everything worked well except for my Office 2011 needs me to enter the product code.

Is anyone aware of a way to find it on my old hard drive? I don't have the box or disk with me. This is a legitimate copy, and I could put the original drive back in, but that kinda defeats the purpose. I have the drive in an external enclosure.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Raz0rEdge 06-10-2011 01:24 PM

The product key isn't kept in any visible way for you to get access to. If you don't have the box or disk (and no one can retrieve the disk for you) then you will have to boot from the old disk, load up Office 2011 and it will show you the product key and then you can use that with your new disk..

mtbinva 06-10-2011 01:35 PM

This means I have to swap the drive again. Thanks. Where is it when I boot to the old drive?

chscag 06-10-2011 01:42 PM

You can use the following utility to find your product key on the old hard drive: LINK

mtbinva 06-10-2011 01:45 PM

Thanks. Swapped drives again to get the product key. This is one of the things I hate about piracy, legit folks have to suffer.

mtbinva 06-10-2011 01:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chscag (Post 1250674)
You can use the following utility to find your product key on the old hard drive: LINK

Worked for all but Office 2011. I swapped drives so at least it works. Ticks me off that this is because of piracy. MS was NO help.

chscag 06-10-2011 02:29 PM

It should have also worked for Office 2011. Which version of Office 2011 are you running? I know for a fact that it worked for the "Home and Student Version".

Generally, if you registered your version of Office with MS and lose the PID, a call to their customer service resolves it. However, most folks nowadays including myself, never bother to register as that usually results in email advertisements from the publisher or seller.

mtbinva 06-10-2011 08:04 PM

Sadly, the phone call was a waste of time. I hate their version of support. So, for now, I have to use the slam full hard drive until I get back home to get the product key.

Sadly the software did not give me the Office 2011 PID. It has to be accessible. I have the product ID.

harryb2448 06-10-2011 11:52 PM

Just a note does not work on business copy of Office 2011 but did find Office 2008 which was removed six months ago!

mtbinva 06-12-2011 11:59 AM

Yeah, I have the business version. I know there has to be a way, I just can't seem to find it.

olam01 06-02-2012 06:11 AM

key finder
 
Key finder did not work for me either. I am have Office 2011 Home Edition running Lion 10.7.4

RavingMac 06-02-2012 10:38 AM

Just a recommendation, but 1Password which I and others highly reccommend can also store your product keys and registration info for just such a situation.

Slydude 06-02-2012 11:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Razormac (Post 1410492)
Just a recommendation, but 1Password which I and others highly reccommend can also store your product keys and registration info for just such a situation.

I did not know that. I think I will be using that software from now on. Tried to give you a rep bump for that but apparently you were the last person I rep bumped.

vansmith 06-02-2012 12:03 PM

Take a look here - read it through first before doing anything. It's possible that the licensing plist file is corrupted.

TattooedMac 06-02-2012 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Razormac (Post 1410492)
Just a recommendation, but 1Password which I and others highly reccommend can also store your product keys and registration info for just such a situation.

Ill give 1PW a good rap too. I even paid the $10 for the IOS version. This keeps ALL my secret squirrel stuff safe from prying eye's. Best i have come across and won't need to look for anything else. Love the integration with Web browsers as well.

Cheers


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