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Office 2004 - How many installs used?


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Can anyone help please?

I purchased a used copy of Office for Mac 2004 (Student and Teacher) a couple of years ago. It works fine whenever in need it.

The only problem is that I now don't know how many of the three installs have been used!

Obviously, I've used one.

The previous owner has used at least one, but possibly BOTH of the other two. How can I find out?

How can I find out if there are any installs still available without actually trying to install on to another machine?

If there is one left, I would like to sell on Ebay again.

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G'day and welcome to the forums.

Do not think you can. Try another install and see what happens. Be aware Office 2004 is not compatible with Lion.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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The actual ability to install the S&T edition are determined by legnth of time from activating the same s/n. I have personally installed S&T with the first s/n 3 times due to various upgrades. I believe the magic number is 180 days. If you activate before that time has passed, the activation server will flag the install. Don't worry though, the worst Microsoft can do to you is force you to call into the automated activation hotline. Microsoft will never accuse you of pirating (you can litigate for slander) the worst they can do is make it difficult for you. These are not based on any inside knowledge or documentation, but on observations of microsoft product installations over the last decade.

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Office 2004 and Office 2008 do not require activation. Microsoft began activation for Mac Office with the 2011 version. The Home and Student version of MS Office 2008 comes with 3 serial numbers. Each serial number can be used on two machines for a total of 6 installs. I believe 2004 is the same.
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Thanks for these posts. So I guess my question is:

How can I find out how many on the product keys have been used?

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Thanks for these posts. So I guess my question is:

How can I find out how many on the product keys have been used?

Thanks

John
There's no way to tell because 2004 does not require activation. I'm not at all suggesting violating the spirit of the MS EULA, however, if you have the product keys, just go ahead and use one. As long as you do not exceed what the EULA specifies, you should be fine. Remember, each product key can be used on two machines: 1 desktop and 1 notebook.

If you were using Office 2011 the EULA is quite different and it also requires on line activation.
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