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Buying Vista and then installing an old version of Office - what are you allowed to do

licensing2 I have already discussed on this blog what is and is not support for Office on Vista (any version from 2000 on) here.  However there is always the question of licensing what is actually allowed and what would be piracy.  I am going to try to make it very simple here.


·         If you have the Home and Student (was the Student and Teacher) Edition then this can be installed on 3 computers in the same household

·         If you have a previous “Full Packaged Product” – the pretty box you bought at a retailers – version of the product then this can be removed from one computer and installed on a new computer.  It can only be installed on one computer at any time

·         If your software is provided as part of a volume license agreement then you can install on a new computer or other computers, but if you change the number of computers that it is installed on you may have to pay more for the extra usage.

·         If you have neither of these then you have an OEM copy – this is provided and supported by the people who supplied your computer and part of the license provision is that it belongs to that computer only and can not be transferred anywhere else.

I hope that makes it clear.  As always, leave a comment for any questions.




Posted Wed, May 9 2007 2:40 PM by David Overton


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C Caniff wrote re: Buying Vista and then installing an old version of Office - what are you allowed to do
on Tue, Jul 24 2007 4:38 PM

I have bought a new dell computer that has vista and would like to set up my 2003 student teacher. This is my 2nd computer. How do I get a driver download to help with the install to vista on my new computer?

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on Tue, Jul 31 2007 4:52 PM

I was asked about this today - for those people with retail copies of Office, what can they upgrade from

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on Tue, Jul 31 2007 8:08 PM

[updated to change blog title to something meaningful] I was asked about this today - for those people

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