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Asp

Backup Office 2003 activation

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I just installed and activated Office 2003.

I got it second hand and it supposedly has never have been installed before, (with the product key on the CD case) but no way to tell.

So I would like to be sure I can reinstall it if necessary and not be told it's been installed too many times, if I reinstall or buy a new hard disk.

Is there a specific file or registry setting I can archive so I don't have to contact MS to activate?

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How To Backup Office Activation Files

Office XP: data.dat/data.bak

Office 2003: opa11.dat/opa11.bak

For both versions, these activation files are stored in the folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\OFFICE\DATA (C: being your primary windows installed partition)

This is normally a hidden folder, so unhide the folder through the Tools/Folder Options/View/Advanced Settings tab

Source: this post @ thefreewareforum

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