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How do I extract my Microsoft Office product key from my computer?

I'm getting a new hard drive for my laptop because the old one is corrupted (or something like that).

However, I can't find the Microsoft Office product key that I used to install Microsoft Office way back when. And of course I don't want to have to pay for Microsoft Office all over again when I get the new hard drive.

When I asked the tech guy at Best Buy if they have a way to get the product key off of the computer, he said, "WE can't get it because it's illegal... but YOU can..." But he didn't have specific advice on how to do it other than to find methods by Googling.

Does anyone know a reliable way to do this that works and won't give my computer a virus or something?

by Anonymousreply 3412/14/2014

Open Word. HELP - ABOUT - Write down the key # in the window.

by Anonymousreply 111/25/2011

My copy of MS office does not show the old Help-about VERSION tag.

cupcake go read this:

by Anonymousreply 211/25/2011


Who the fuck are you, bitch?

by Anonymousreply 311/25/2011

Throw that shitty software and the computer that runs it in the garbage, get a Mac, and load iWork on it.

Better computer, better software, and you'll have a better life, including your sex life.

by Anonymousreply 411/25/2011

It should be in the registry. At the Start button, click on Run and then type regedit.exe and then hit enter. On the Registry Editor (be care not to make any changes), look under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE then SOFTWARE and then Microsoft and then Office. Once you do all that, on the right window, you should see the key although I'm not sure what it might be labeled as (it might say userkey or something similar). When done, just close Registry Editor.

by Anonymousreply 511/25/2011


by Anonymousreply 611/25/2011

Does anyone have knowledge about or experience using any of the Product Key Code Finding programs in the r6 link?

My ex loaded Office on my laptop a few years ago so now that he's gone I don't have the software discs or any of the registration info. Now I got a pop-up message saying that I can open Office twenty more times but I'll need to enter the product key code to keep using it after that.

So I'm thinking about using one of the programs in the R6 link to retrieve the code, but I'm not the most computer savvy and worry about downloading unknown programs onto my computer.

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by Anonymousreply 808/31/2013

R8 is looney tunes fruitcakes.

by Anonymousreply 908/31/2013

Not Sure if it still works the same way, but I used to use Belarc Advisor before replacing a hard drive. It pulled a list of every program and it's install key.

Then I'd print out the results and use that to re-install everything.

by Anonymousreply 1008/31/2013

[quote]My copy of MS office does not show the old Help-about VERSION tag.

1) Open Word or Excel. 2) Click "File" in Menu Toolbar 3) Click "Help" 4) Locate Product ID

by Anonymousreply 1108/31/2013

If you are too stupid to hold on to a key, you're too stupid to work a computer.

It's like how 'mos are are stoooopid, they get infested with a disease that is 100% preventable.

by Anonymousreply 1208/31/2013

Get a Mac.

by Anonymousreply 1308/31/2013

I don't think I've ever bought a copy.

by Anonymousreply 1408/31/2013

Clone the fucking drive.

by Anonymousreply 1508/31/2013

I have a Mac and its no easier finding the product key on a Mac for Office.

by Anonymousreply 1608/31/2013

[quote]It's like how 'mos are are stoooopid

Oh, dear!

by Anonymousreply 1708/31/2013

Download Bellarc. It shculld scan your computer and give you all of your keys.

by Anonymousreply 1808/31/2013

Why the hell would you need Office for Mac? [sic: "Mac for Office"]

iWork can read and save to every Microsoft Office Suite program.

by Anonymousreply 1908/31/2013

Not OP but I was curious and finally found "About" with Word that came with Office 365. There is no product key there. There is a product ID. I checked it against my product key. It isn't the same number, not even close. I doubt if the product ID will get you back your Office. You need the key.

That said, a hint. Costco allows you to return open software...just sayin'

by Anonymousreply 2008/31/2013

Unplug the machine, turn it over, and shake vigorously and the key should pop out.

Otherwise you have to call Jane at Microsoft in India and she will tell you 'no key'.

by Anonymousreply 2108/31/2013

R19, perhaps because I don't like iWork.

by Anonymousreply 2208/31/2013

Ignorant Pus Wart alert @ r22.

by Anonymousreply 2308/31/2013

R23 is the reason most people think Mac users are assholes.

by Anonymousreply 2408/31/2013

Droppo deado, r24.

by Anonymousreply 2508/31/2013

first it's very easy to find the product key on a windows machine... IT IS NOT THAT EASY on a MAC...

i saw some very good suggestions here i also see some idiots that dont know what they are talking about

by Anonymousreply 2601/27/2014

I broke down and bought Office 365... the latest and greatest versions of the ENTIRE office suite, PLUS the Online/web-apps and tons of Skydrive (now OneDrive) space... for $99.

Totally worth it.

Oh yeah, and you can install the apps on up to five devices for that price.

Yes, you have to pay $99 every year, but even so, it still works out as a huge benefit, imho.

by Anonymousreply 2701/27/2014

Click the Microsoft Office Button (Button image) and then click Options at the bottom. Click Resources, and then click About tap. a window will open with the product key. this is listed in the help search (Locate Product ID)

by Anonymousreply 2803/13/2014

that last post w/ office button, options, resources, about gives you the factory product ID not the product key. Try It gave me all product keys on computer, even programs I deleted.

by Anonymousreply 2910/26/2014

Why the fuck was this thread bumped?

by Anonymousreply 3010/26/2014

t is helpful, r30. That's why

by Anonymousreply 3110/27/2014

Just get an Office 365 account. It'll be the best thing you ever do for yourself. Check out Go Daddy! for rates.

by Anonymousreply 3210/27/2014

Macs suck and everyone has trouble with them...; (

by Anonymousreply 3312/14/2014



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by Anonymousreply 3412/14/2014
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