Word Requesting Activation Code

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I bought a new computer that had a trial version of the latest MS Word.

After the trial period, I decided I preferred Word 7, I uninstalled the latest version of Word, then installed Word 7 which didn’t require an Activation Code. I’ve done this before when I upgraded my computers.

Now when I try to save a document in Word 7, I get a message asking for an Activation Code.

Is there any way around this? Thanks, Ed

Dear Ed,

Every version of Word or any Microsoft Office program for that matter requires a product key for activation. Most of the time, you type in that product key when you install the program.

If you did type in the product key, you should be able to just let the program activate over the internet without typing in any additional information.

If you didn’t type in the product key when you installed Word, then you will have to locate the product key and type it in before you activate. It is a 25 digit key made up of letters and numbers.

You need that product key, there is no way around it. When you purchase any part of Microsoft office, what you are really purchasing is the product key, so make sure you always have that written down and stored with your disk.



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