question about office xp limitation

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ubamous3

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is it true that office xp can only be installed on 1 computer and just once or u can install it on diff. computers?

i bought office xp and installed it on 1 computer; i am trying to load the same legal copy on a new computer but it gave me an error saying that it couldnt find some key or whatever (i forgot the exact message)from my computer after i keyed in the serial number that came with the 2CD's.

and i vaguely remember someone saying that office xp can only be installed on 1 computer; i'd like to get confirmed whether that's true or not.

Thanks! :)
 
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Office XP needs to be "Activated" on first running the installed program.

As to how many computers it can be loaded on, that depends on the version. A full version may allow 2 installs. An Academic or OEM version will only allow 1.

It sounds as though you are not getting as far as installing though, so it may not be that problem (yet).

Unfortunately without the exact error message, its hard to help.
 

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oh, and as far as activation, i just clicked the setup.exe file and then it asked me for my name/company/key, which i did enter; is that what u mean by activation? also, i'm currently on dialup and when i installed it, i wasn't connected to the internet; does that make any difference ?
 
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The error message confirms that your copy of Office is an Upgrade. It will upgrade Office 97 or Office 2000, probably.

You don't have an existing version of Office, so you don't qualify for the installation.

Until you get it installed, and run one of the applications (Word, Excel etc) it won't ask for activation. Then you can try and activate it over the web, or by phone.

If you don't activate it, it will cease working after a short period until you do.

You will not get to that stage unless you have an earlier version for it to "Upgrade" from.
 
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