Office Product Keys

Dear Computer Lady,

I’ve been running a small business for over 10 years. We’ve junked many that died over the years and as a result have several installation disc for Office, some 2000, 2002 and XP. I have not been good about keeping the installation key codes with the discs. I have them but can’t seem to match them up. Is there any way to figure this out. I want to put one on a new computer.

Thanks for your help, Rachel


Dear Rachel,

I had to get my magnifying glass out to look into this problem! Those product key codes keep getting smaller and smaller!

Although there are part numbers on both the Office CDs and the product key stickers, they don’t match up, so the only way you are going to figure out which product keys go with which version of Office, is going to be to try them one at a time.

Your question is a good reminder to everyone that software disks are useless without the product key that comes with them. Make sure that you store them together! There is nothing worse than investing a couple hundred dollars in an Office suite only to find that you can’t use it after your hard drive crashes because you didn’t save the product key.


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    • momstutor
    • January 16, 2010

    Might I suggest a very fine tip permanent marker and write on the inner diameter of the disc and/or write on the case to the program in order to find the product key code.

    • alexnetherton
    • February 5, 2010

    Excellent! I was going to suggest the very same thing! In fact, I do that regularly.
    Might I suggest a free alternative? It is Open Office, and can be found at
    It is a completely free program, even for businesses, and works the same way as very expensive programs. It is a fairly large download if you don’t have broadband, so you need to be patient.
    Have a good day!

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