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Separate Product IDs same product keys - Office 2003

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office' started by KLP34, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. KLP34

    KLP34 Flightless Bird

    I bought four copies of Office 2003 (four boxes and disks). One of the four
    computers died. In checking to see which disk to install on the replacement
    computer, I discovered three of the computers (includes the dead unit) have
    the same product key, but different product IDs. With the install on the
    replacement computer, that will leave two computers with the same product
    keys. Is that an issue since I have four licenses, or do I have to
    re-install on one of the computers so that each computer has its own product
    key? Also, why would the product IDs be different?
    I posted this question before but cannot find it in the forum to see if
    there was a response, so forgive the duplication.
     
  2. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "KLP34" <KLP34@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:FCE791F7-23D9-4425-B238-DE5A69A9401F@microsoft.com...
    > I bought four copies of Office 2003 (four boxes and disks). One of the
    > four
    > computers died. In checking to see which disk to install on the
    > replacement
    > computer, I discovered three of the computers (includes the dead unit)
    > have
    > the same product key, but different product IDs. With the install on the
    > replacement computer, that will leave two computers with the same product
    > keys. Is that an issue since I have four licenses, or do I have to
    > re-install on one of the computers so that each computer has its own
    > product
    > key? Also, why would the product IDs be different?
    > I posted this question before but cannot find it in the forum to see if
    > there was a response, so forgive the duplication.


    Product IDs are created on the install by using hardware "serial numbers" in
    addition to the license key. No two computers, even by using the same
    license key will have the exact same product number. It has been this way
    since at least Office 97 as I have installed using the same license key now
    on more than 10 computers and never had the same product key (all were
    installed legally through the years.)

    IIRC, and I hope someone will post the web site, there is a license key
    change utility that could possibly change the key on one of the currently
    installed versions to one of the other keys. The KB article here is
    Microsoft's fix to change a license key:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/895456
     

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