Solved: How to erase MacBook Pro Hard Drive but keep Office for Mac?

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fuzzy07

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Hello,

I have a MacBook Pro mid-2010 computer which is running rather slow lately. I have just upgraded the RAM (from 2x2gb to 2x4gb) which I know many people say makes the world of difference. To be honest, so far I'm not seeing that.

I contacted Apple, who said that I should perhaps go about wiping the Hard Drive clean (after making a full back up) and the manually 'pulling' items back onto the machine from the time machine back up. The concern I had with this is whether my Office for Mac will vanish and not be replaceable without a new product code. I have the original Office for Mac (2008) setup disc, and all of the product keys, however they have already been used. I am assuming using a product key I have already used will not work a second time, even if on the same Mac as the first time once the hard drive has been erased? Can anyone with some knowledge of this provide me with some details??

This is running on Yosemite.

Thanks!
 
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Well that is not true, even though you don't have unlimited activations, you should be able to activate it again, also rather than wiping and starting from scratch, do a permission check on your disk using the DiskTool first and see if that makes a difference (it compares to running checkdisk on a windows computer)
 
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you should be able to use the same key with the reinstall. most office licenses only have limits to the number of computers the software is installed at the same time.
 

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Thanks guys! Done the erase and migration and pleased to report Office for Mac simply appeared with no qualms. :)
 
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