I did a reformat & reinstall on my computer last week, but when I went to reinstall MS Works Suite 2003 the product key didn’t work. I’ve tried 3 times and the computer keeps telling me it’s not the right product key.
Is there a legitimated way around this or am I just SOL?
If I can’t use MS Word, is there a good, free alternative that is compatible with the word documents?
I assume you don’t have a bill/PO from Microsoft or and e-mail confirmation?
I’d try customer service, I bet they have a record of the purchase and just may help you out.
Other than that, I’ve found Open Office to be very capable.
Do you have any other versions of word on your computer. For example trial versions of software that you have no intention of using because you have a legitimate version? These could prevent an older version of Works installing.
I ran into trouble reinstalling Office 2003. It had been installed on an old pc long since trashed. The MS validation rejected my key and gave a number to call. A automated system guided me through getting a new key and my Office validated.
I’ve used OpenOffice and LibreOffice both with great success. I’d recommend either one of them. This computer is running Windows 8.1. I’ve got LibreOffice installed on it, and I use it daily, including saving files into Word format. I used to use OpenOffice on my old computer. It had Windows 7 on it. My mom still does. Her computer also has Windows 7. I haven’t really noticed a difference between OpenOffice and LibreOffice.
I wonder (if you really meant Word everywhere and no Works), could you run data recovery on your harddisk to recover the old Word configuration files and find the key in there? You’d need the files to be recoverable, though.