Can I use Microsoft Office 2007 on more than one computer?
March 18th, 2007
Microsoft Office 2007
I recently bought Microsoft Office 2007. I have to say, they have done a very good job. The package as a whole installs very easily, and I really like the new ‘Web 2.0′ style interface.
Can Microsoft Office 2007 be used on Multiple Computers?
One concern I did have was whether or not I’d be able to use Office 2007 on the various computers I have (for instance my laptop as well as my main desktop).
This is a really valid concern, as I understand Microsoft’s other new release, Vista is quite strictly a ‘one computer only’ package.
I Googled to try and find this out, and turned up no answer, so like every good ‘experimenter’ I just went ahead and tried it.
The answer is YES - you can use one copy of Microsoft Office on up to 3 personal computers - although each copy requires ‘activation’ over the internet, which probably means that Microsoft records information about each computer to make sure that the package is only installed the three times.
How does Office 2007 activation work?
This makes me wonder.. how do they implement the 3 copies restriction? Off the top of my head I can think of only three ways:-
- The copy can only be activated 3 times - period.
- Microsoft records the IP address of each activation, and a reasonable number of activations allowed from up to 3 different IP addresses (not unlimited, but more than 3).
- Microsoft records the MAC address (Medium Access Control - each network card has a unique ‘DNA’ code that can be used to uniquely identify individual computers operating under the same IP address - but it can be faked).
If it is the first, as I suspect, you can probably expect that if you happen to install vista down the track, or have to reinstall Office 2007, that you’ll use up your 3 activations pretty quickly.
What to do if you can no longer activate Microsoft Office 2007?
If that’s the case, don’t despair, as I have had the same thing happen before, and one phone call to Microsoft Support to explain the situation has usually been sufficient to reset the activation limit.
The other two possibilities are both preferable, although I’d suspect they wouldn’t have used the IP technique, as many people have dynamic IP’s, which means their IP address is changed by their internet service provider on a fairly regular basis, mostly (I suspect) to make it harder for people to put web servers on their home internet connection (although, like everything, that can still be done with a little ‘know-how’ )
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