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    MS Office for mac re-install problem

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    MS Office for mac re-install problem
    Hi all, I'm new here, and new to macs (after 30yrs on PCs!).

    I bought an iMac 2006, and upgraded it to 10.7.5 - it came pre-loaded with Office 2011.

    I just upgraded to an iMac 2011 i5 and restored all my apps etc with time machine. However, now, Office wants me to re-enter the key, which of course I don't have, since the guy who sold me the first iMac didn't give me the installation disks.

    Is there a way round this?

    thanks for any advice!

    Phil

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    MS Office for mac re-install problem
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    Is there a way round this?
    I think you already know the answer... Without the product key MS Office 2011 will not properly activate. The only way around it is to purchase a licensed copy for yourself. Several web resellers have the Home and Student single install version available for $90 or less. Look around.

    However, if you prefer something for free, I recommend LibreOffice version 4.1 which you can download from here. It's compatible with MS Office 2011 and also the Windows version of Office.

    Also, another bit of advice: I would not use anything left over from the iMac you purchased but instead would start clean. That of course is up to you.

    And... Welcome to the Mac Forums.

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    MS Office for mac re-install problem
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfogle View Post

    I bought an iMac 2006, and upgraded it to 10.7.5 - it came pre-loaded with Office 2011.

    I just upgraded to an iMac 2011 i5 and restored all my apps etc with time machine. However, now, Office wants me to re-enter the key, which of course I don't have, since the guy who sold me the first iMac didn't give me the installation disks.

    Is there a way round this?
    Used Macintosh computers "legally" don't come with MS Office pre-installed. This install of MS Office was not "legit" in the first place...and since you never got the original install disk & code from the seller of the 2006 iMac...as you know...Office 2011 will not run on your 2011 iMac.

    Time to "pay the piper" for your own copy of MS Office...or you can try some other MS Office "equivalents"...such as:

    - Libre Office
    - Open Office
    - Neo Office

    All of these alternatives are free...and compatible with previously created MS Office files.

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    MS Office for mac re-install problem

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    thanks guys, will check them out.

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