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  1. #11

    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there

    Looks like it IS pirated -- so report the SELLER.
    Even if the SELLER is legit the SELLER is responsible as it's their duty to ensure that the goods they sell have been sourced correctly and are not fake or Pirate copies.

    another solution is to BUY an older version of Office - OFFICE 2007 -- it's not much (if at all) different from Office 2010 and you can get a copy for around 35 USD. There's plenty of LEGIT sources selling Old / Back releases of software cheaply -- for a lot of things you don't have to have the latest and greatest. OFFICE 2007 was available in retail channels so you shouldn't have any problems finding a copy -- and it still gets updates in the Windows updating process.

    You could even consider the subscription version of Office -- Office 2013 -- but a) I myself am not keen on the subscription model and b) I just don't like Office 2013 which Office 365 is based on.

    You could also try maybe a USE AT HOME version if your Work / College allows this facility - this is often FREE or just a few dollars for the DVD.

    However if Ms has blacklisted the key then it IS Pirated -- Office is the most pirated software in the world which is why Ms is attempting to foist the subscription model on us -- so perhaps the best solution is to get a LEGIT shrink wrapped copy of OFFICE 2007.

    Note some universities will even let you download for FREE

    Here's one such link - you have to be a registered student though to do the download.

    Microsoft for Students


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  2. #12

    Franka: Yes, I was able to print out my receipt and get it ready for them, going in the mail shortly. I will love the comp. copy if it comes, but just knowing they may catch the creep is fun enough to help them. He had perfect score and high numbers on ebay when I bought mine, but looked yesterday and there are a number of negatives and all relate to office 2010 so hard to tell how many times he has sold my key :-(

    Live and learn. Going to the garage this morning and see how many more I might have!

    DavidY: Yes, with the millions of product how can they keep it all straight? If their products were as sophisticated as their security system we wouldn't have so much trouble with their software :-)

    I presently have an office 2013 that looks perfectly good and Chat says the key is valid but I have to wonder if it is bogus too. Think I'd better get it installed quickly before they resell that key to!
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  3. #13

    Did the box say - "Made in China"?
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  4. #14

    :-) sure should have. The box was just like Microsofts, the key tag looked just like MS's and the disk as well - holograms and all.
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  5. #15

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    How would they describe the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade product key that they emailed out to me then...?
    I got my key for my Windows 8 upgrade this way too, but while I linked through to the sales page from the Upgrade compatibility checker provided on Microsoft's website, the receipt for my upgrade key indicates that it was a third party that I bought the upgrade from and not Microsoft directly.
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