Please visit the new Mac-Forums Facebook page:
Join Us @ Mac-Forums Facebook Page



Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 19
  1. #1
    Ugh! Didn't see this one coming. Upgraded to SSD, now my Office for Mac 2011 won't work
    I've got my old office for mac 2011 key and everything. I keep getting a "Server unavailable" error when I re-enter my product key.

    Any suggestions?

    Tony.

  2. #2
    Ugh! Didn't see this one coming. Upgraded to SSD, now my Office for Mac 2011 won't work
    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Location
    Modesto, Ca.
    Posts
    30,104
    Your Mac's Specs
    iMac late 2012 21.5 i5 10:14. iMac 2010 27"QuadI7 OS10.13, MBPLate2011, iPad Pro10.5", iPhone7
    Rep Power
    38
    I am sure someone else will disagree but I recently had a simliar issue. I have friends who INSIST on still using Windows XP. Well MS dropped it years ago. The persons XP was dead due to the hard drive dying so I put in a new drive. XP installed but gave me that same message when trying to activate it with the key. Guess what? Activation servers are gone for XP. Got it on many MS forums on the net. If you call MS they will tell you XP is no longer supported and not help you.

    I have a feeling since yours is Office 2011 that you might be running into the same issue. I HOPE I am wrong.

    Does your Mac with the new install on the SSD get on the internet? Is that part working?

  3. #3
    Ugh! Didn't see this one coming. Upgraded to SSD, now my Office for Mac 2011 won't work
    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Location
    Modesto, Ca.
    Posts
    30,104
    Your Mac's Specs
    iMac late 2012 21.5 i5 10:14. iMac 2010 27"QuadI7 OS10.13, MBPLate2011, iPad Pro10.5", iPhone7
    Rep Power
    38
    Read this and try what the person suggested. I hope it helps.

    Office 2011 activation server unavailable? Here's the fix - Wiser Coder

  4. #4
    Oh yeah, everything else has been working great! It's just when trying to use my Microsoft package. Looks like I'll have to bite the bullet and get an updated version.

    Tony.

  5. #5
    Ugh! Didn't see this one coming. Upgraded to SSD, now my Office for Mac 2011 won't work
    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Location
    Modesto, Ca.
    Posts
    30,104
    Your Mac's Specs
    iMac late 2012 21.5 i5 10:14. iMac 2010 27"QuadI7 OS10.13, MBPLate2011, iPad Pro10.5", iPhone7
    Rep Power
    38
    Before you give up try that url I just posted.

  6. #6
    Ugh! Didn't see this one coming. Upgraded to SSD, now my Office for Mac 2011 won't work
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Keller, Texas
    Posts
    59,088
    Your Mac's Specs
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 7+, iPhone 8, Numerous iPods, Mojave
    Rep Power
    53
    Quote Originally Posted by TonyBen View Post
    Oh yeah, everything else has been working great! It's just when trying to use my Microsoft package. Looks like I'll have to bite the bullet and get an updated version.

    Tony.
    If you can't contact the activation servers over the net, all you really need to do is call MS direct and they will activate it for you by giving you a key set over the phone. Just because Office 2011 is no longer officially supported, does not mean that MS has completely abandoned it. There are many businesses who still use it and are MS customers - including the federal government.

  7. #7
    Ugh! Didn't see this one coming. Upgraded to SSD, now my Office for Mac 2011 won't work
    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Location
    Modesto, Ca.
    Posts
    30,104
    Your Mac's Specs
    iMac late 2012 21.5 i5 10:14. iMac 2010 27"QuadI7 OS10.13, MBPLate2011, iPad Pro10.5", iPhone7
    Rep Power
    38
    Tony, did you ever try what that person in the URL I gave suggested? It seemed to work for them.

    My first post here was about issues with XP and that will not activate any longer. I was just wondering on office as it's getting old but after doing a lot of reading it can still be activated.
    Last edited by dtravis7; 05-11-2019 at 02:46 AM.

  8. #8
    Ugh! Didn't see this one coming. Upgraded to SSD, now my Office for Mac 2011 won't work
    Rod's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 12, 2011
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
    Posts
    5,488
    Your Mac's Specs
    2015 MacBook Pro Retina 13" macOSX 10.15.1
    Rep Power
    14
    I know it's a real PITA but if you use the whole suite as I do and also use the iOS versions as I do it really is worth the cost in the end. I made do with MS Office for MacOS 2011 up until a year and a half ago when I lashed out a bought MS Office for MacOS 2018. That purchase was for 64bit compatibility new features and updates that I wanted.
    I know its a big layout but honestly after 7 years it's worth it. I don't expect to ever have to buy it again but who knows.
    I used to be conceited but now I'm perfect.

  9. #9
    I ended up purchasing the monthly office subscription that allows 5 or 6 devices. I may not have even had the right disk from before. I'm planning on upgrading the wife's SSD too so I'll have the same problem so I just killed 2 birds with one stone using the monthly subscription.

    Later on, I'll purchase a 3-computer license, if one still exists.

    Tony.

  10. #10
    Ugh! Didn't see this one coming. Upgraded to SSD, now my Office for Mac 2011 won't work
    Randy B. Singer's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 01, 2011
    Location
    Sacramento, California
    Posts
    1,643
    Rep Power
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by TonyBen View Post
    I've got my old office for mac 2011 key and everything. I keep getting a "Server unavailable" error when I re-enter my product key.

    Any suggestions?
    Microsoft Office has copy protection built-in. After three installs (the number of installs may vary by version) the product won't activate anymore. The solution is to call Microsoft. Give them any decent explanation that says that you aren't using the product on too many computers, and they will give you a code to activate it.

    Alternately, you can go with:

    FreeOffice (free)
    www.freeoffice.com - FreeOffice for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android

    Very similar to Microsoft Office; with a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation application included. Excellent compatibility with Microsoft format files! Softmaker makes two commercial versions of this office suite, but the free version is all that many people might need. Not a crippled or demo product.
    Comparison chart of the features and costs of each version of this product from Softmaker:
    Comparison: FreeOffice and SoftMaker Office

    I've been using FreeOffice on my new laptop, and I'm really surprised by how good it is! Especially the compatibility with Microsoft Office. If you are tired of being held up by Microsoft, FreeOffice is worth a try.
    Randy B. Singer
    Co-author of The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th, and 6th editions)
    Mac OS X Routine Maintenance • http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html

  11. #11
    Ugh! Didn't see this one coming. Upgraded to SSD, now my Office for Mac 2011 won't work
    Rod's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 12, 2011
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
    Posts
    5,488
    Your Mac's Specs
    2015 MacBook Pro Retina 13" macOSX 10.15.1
    Rep Power
    14
    Quote Originally Posted by TonyBen View Post
    Oh yeah, everything else has been working great! It's just when trying to use my Microsoft package. Looks like I'll have to bite the bullet and get an updated version.

    Tony.
    Well at least you get all the bells and whistles of the current version.


    Sent from my iPhone using Mac-Forums
    I used to be conceited but now I'm perfect.

  12. #12
    Ugh! Didn't see this one coming. Upgraded to SSD, now my Office for Mac 2011 won't work
    Slydude's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 16, 2009
    Location
    North Louisiana, USA
    Posts
    14,598
    Your Mac's Specs
    2.8 GHz 2008 MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone XS, 2015 iMac 16 GB 10.14.4 beta
    Rep Power
    25
    Once gain I find myself channeling Randy.

    I recently tried FreeOffice based on recommendations in another thread. Eventually I settled on SoftMaker Office although I don't remember why. I pass documents to MS Word all the time with no problems although none of the documents have reall complex formatting beyond section breaks. I haven't had any issues doing that so far.
    “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”
    Kevin Durant

  13. #13
    Ugh! Didn't see this one coming. Upgraded to SSD, now my Office for Mac 2011 won't work

    Member Since
    Mar 11, 2019
    Location
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts
    22
    Your Mac's Specs
    5K iMac 27" 4.2ghz / Mojave
    Rep Power
    1
    I've run into the same problem, and went with LibreOffice (the frequently updated OpenOffice branch, now that OpenOffice is no longer being updated). Home | LibreOffice - Free Office Suite - Fun Project - Fantastic People

    I'm a Mac user from before there were Macs... back in the Apple ][ days... and I've never heard of "FreeOffice". Apparently it was primarily a Windows product for much of its existence?

    In any case - LibreOffice is a worthy alternative, and features file compatibility with MS-Office (the only caveat is that the Save settings have to be set to Word / PowerPoint / Excel once, and it sticks).

  14. #14
    Ugh! Didn't see this one coming. Upgraded to SSD, now my Office for Mac 2011 won't work
    Slydude's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 16, 2009
    Location
    North Louisiana, USA
    Posts
    14,598
    Your Mac's Specs
    2.8 GHz 2008 MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone XS, 2015 iMac 16 GB 10.14.4 beta
    Rep Power
    25
    I've used OpenOffice and each of its variants from time to time. As I recall I stopped using LibreOffice because I found it a bit slow to load.
    “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”
    Kevin Durant

  15. #15
    Ugh! Didn't see this one coming. Upgraded to SSD, now my Office for Mac 2011 won't work
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Keller, Texas
    Posts
    59,088
    Your Mac's Specs
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 7+, iPhone 8, Numerous iPods, Mojave
    Rep Power
    53
    Eventually I settled on SoftMaker Office although I don't remember why.
    Probably because the FreeOffice version does not save the older *.doc format. Also, I found it rather limited opening older Word documents and preserving formats. Actually SoftMaker Office (pay version) does not do too much better with Word documents that have complex formatting. And both versions are short on fonts. However, SoftMaker Office is way better than OpenOffice or LibreOffice.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Restore backup didn’t work
    By lobar in forum iPhone Hardware and Accessories
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-23-2015, 07:04 PM
  2. Crossover didn´t work.
    By Kristinetv in forum macOS - Apps and Games
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-17-2011, 03:25 PM
  3. Will Office 2011 work on Lion?
    By 2b2cool in forum macOS - Operating System
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 07-23-2011, 03:52 PM
  4. didn't see this coming....
    By clayneal in forum Apple Rumors and Reports
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 06-02-2010, 03:27 PM
  5. I sure didn't see this coming!
    By immdb in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-31-2007, 05:37 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •