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query re windows vista and word licensing


FPCH New Member
Oct 1, 2007
hi, i was given a laptop purchased from the USA with vista installed. however when i attempt to use word or any office program it says that i can only use it 25 times before i need to enter product key to register it. there is a product key on the bottom of the laptop but this does not work, do i need to buy some form of upgrade for vista?
please excuse my ignorance regarding this and thanks in advance for any help


FPCH Member
Sep 26, 2007
The programs installed are 30 day Trialware you have to either purchase the programs over the net (follow the on screen instructions after the 30 days run out)

Or uninstall them and purchase some software from a shop or online shop

The product key on the bottom of the laptop is usually the "Operating System Installation Key"

This should have helped


FPCH Member
Jun 29, 2007
PC Experience
Operating System
you can purchase just the license key from some website then activate it using that as techadvance says.
there are alternatives to microsoft office.
like ability office is around £50 and has office compatibilty so you can open documents you have done previously using office click here http://www.ability.com/
or there is openoffice http://www.openoffice.org/ which is free