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    One of our ex-teacher's son is starting at college and needs Office 2003. His new laptop has Office 2007 installed but needs activating. If he paid to have 2007 activated could he then install and use 2003 instead? This seems to be the cheapest solution.

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    As far as I'm aware, the OEM and retail versions provided with laptops/by activation don't include downgrade rights. So no, this wouldn't be allowed.

    You'd need to locate a legit 2003 license.

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    try openoffice its open source software which is pretty much replica of office 2003 and its free!

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    Open office sucks though :P Can't he just use office 2007, unless he is on an office course i really can not see any reason why he should not just use 2007.

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    Just use office 2007 and if he needs to send anything to other people, "save as" office 2003, simple!

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    As far as I'm aware, the OEM and retail versions provided with laptops/by activation don't include downgrade rights. So no, this wouldn't be allowed.

    You'd need to locate a legit 2003 license.
    Correct, this document explains all.

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    Office 2007 on his laptop will only work for a certain amount of days or times opened, before it will have to be activated before he can use it again.

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    Open Office sucks?

    ...why?

    DOn't make me get the flaming death

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    It sucks because it's not made by Bill.

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    Don't get a full retail thingy of 2007, use the Media-less License Kit (MLK) usually available at a discount from the laptop manufacturer. HP's for example are much cheaper through MLK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flashsnaps View Post
    Office 2007 on his laptop will only work for a certain amount of days or times opened, before it will have to be activated before he can use it again.
    No it won't. Once you pay for it, it activates and you have a full version. Sure, the new versions of Office and Vista call home occasionally to confirm authorisation, but this shouldn't be a problem so long as you have an internet connection of some form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disease View Post
    It sucks because it's not made by Bill.

    Bad rep coming your way

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    I am not being funny but a student licence for ful version of office 2007 is only 70 which will give him the whole works. look here Amazon.co.uk: Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (3 User Licence) (PC): Microsoft: Software or here it is only 50 Product Categories if you want it pay for it.

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    His problem is that the course involves ICT skills and they teach using 2003, so that's what he wants on his laptop. I've found the MS Student package at around 70 but it doesn't include Publisher which is part of the module.

    Thanks for the advice.

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    It would surprise me if they didn't have one of the work-at-home agreements, where he gets a copy for the duration of his course. It's worth enquiring, sometimes they don't shout about it much.

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