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Office 2013 retail is tied to 1 machine forever

  1. #21


    BELGIUM
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    ok Pparks,

    i read this somewhere, do not recall where; anyway i was wrong.

    sorry


    jeff

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  2. #22


    So that's why pirates are working on activators more.
    This is really a stupid thing, why the heck people would buy a retail priced software with the limitations of an OEM license?
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  3. #23


    MS is hoping you won't and instead you will see value in the subscription based office 365.
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  4. #24


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    I kinda get why they don't want you too move it to a different machin or install it on more pcs. However one thing I'm concerned about is what if I want to upgrade my HDD and install a fresh copy of windows ? Do you think they won't allow you to get it activated if you do so? I hope it's the motherboard that it's assigned to not HDD. Also I wonder what would you do if you upgrade from Windows 7 to 8 and you do clean install?
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  5. #25


    Quote Originally Posted by Sensination View Post
    I kinda get why they don't want you too move it to a different machin or install it on more pcs. However one thing I'm concerned about is what if I want to upgrade my HDD and install a fresh copy of windows ? Do you think they won't allow you to get it activated if you do so? I hope it's the motherboard that it's assigned to not HDD. Also I wonder what would you do if you upgrade from Windows 7 to 8 and you do clean install?
    I presume that it would be similar to re-installing an OEM copy of the OS. Microsoft would usually permit you to activate the new installation of Office 2013. You may have to do it by phone, though. You may even have to do it with the aid of a human.

    It's at Microsoft's discretion, and if they refused to activate the new installation, you wouldn't have much (legal) recourse other than buying a new license.
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  6. #26


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    Windows 8.1


    Crash, no crash; upgrade, downgrade, stolen, not stolen, etc., etc. . . .

    Although I beta tested Office 15, I guess I'll also be bypassing Office 2013/15 and/or Office 365 for the simple reason that Office 2010 continues to work well for me on both Windows 7 & Windows 8. I didn't beta test Office 365 because you can't have both on the same computer. Or, that's what I was told during the beta.

    Oh, and I didn't see much difference between Office 14 & Office 15.
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  7. #27


    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Crash, no crash; upgrade, downgrade, stolen, not stolen, etc., etc. . . .

    Although I beta tested Office 15, I guess I'll also be bypassing Office 2013/15 and/or Office 365 for the simple reason that Office 2010 continues to work well for me on both Windows 7 & Windows 8. I didn't beta test Office 365 because you can't have both on the same computer. Or, that's what I was told during the beta.

    Oh, and I didn't see much difference between Office 14 & Office 15.
    Now what i see is office 2013 is just a flattened 2010.
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  8. #28


    Texas
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    Windows 8.1


    Flattened or not, I'm not paying for five copies of Office 2013 when I already own three copies of 2010 which will stretch over all five of my 'puters.

    Besides, there were just too many bugs remaining for me when 2013 RTM'd. Especially in Excel which I use extensively.
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  9. #29


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    windows 7


    Good job I only paid £59 for my university version of office 2013. I get a 4 year subscription and free upgrade to new versions (if one does come out in the 4 year period) and I can install it on two pc's, which suits me fine cause I can activate and deactivate them when need to. When the 4 years is up I'll see what the options are, maybe upgrade again, go back to office 2010 or switch to a free version.
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  10. #30


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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by JamesF View Post
    The wording in the license agreement is there to protect Microsoft and its rights to it's products, and is very restrictive towards the end user. Exceptions to the license agreement can be made by Microsoft at any time.
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Well that is not what the EULA says, it's not what all the tech sites say, it's not what the Microsoft forums say, etc.
    In Germany it's not allowed to bind standard software to hardware and so Microsoft German press speaker Frank Mihm-Gebauer says: Because of special laws German customer can natural transfer their Office 2013 to another PC without any restrictions.
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