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KristyBDJ
06-25-2009, 01:12 PM
Sorry this is so OT but I love the DIS for the fact that everyone is so helpful no matter what the question is.:grouphug: Anyway...I have a Gateway laptop and I didn't realize that all of the programs are trial versions only.:confused3 I don't have $150 laying around right now to buy the full version. I don't understand why you should have to pay hundreds more just make an already expensive comp. work. Anyway, wondering if anyone here can help me out. TIA everyone! :worship:

SandrA9810
06-25-2009, 01:14 PM
yep it's possible. There's websites that provide the numbers for free.

debbi801
06-25-2009, 01:24 PM
Please be aware that what you're asking is illegal and may invalidate any warrantees you have on the laptop. In addition, if your software required an update (due to virus protection, fixes, etc.) Microsoft can tell if it is a valid number.

greens_in_WA
06-25-2009, 01:27 PM
looking for or finding a "free" (aka stolen code) may also expose you to viruses or other malware... sorry the programs weren't included... one more thing to check when computer shopping... good luck to you.

OctMtnWoods
06-25-2009, 01:30 PM
Look into OpenOffice and see if it has what you need. It should. Its free & compatible with Microsofts Office.
And its LEGAL.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=openoffice&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=&aqi=

GRUMPY PIRATE
06-25-2009, 01:30 PM
Getting that is called pirating software. Like a PP said, if you do that, and you update the OS with patches, etc. you may get a really really nasty suprise from microsoft.

there are a lot of freeware word processing programs available.

eliza61
06-25-2009, 01:33 PM
Didn't they just charge some women millions of dollars for illegally down loading music. I can imagine what microsoft would do to some one illegally (and obtaining a product key without paying for it is illegal) stealing their soft ware. I think I'm more afraid of Bill Gates than I am the IRS. LOL

vanyel
06-25-2009, 01:39 PM
Are you a college student? Some universities/colleges have contracts with microsoft for either reduced cost software (really cheap!) or free downloads.

Tinker'n'Fun
06-25-2009, 01:42 PM
check on openoffice.org

merekc
06-25-2009, 01:49 PM
Are you a college student? Some universities/colleges have contracts with microsoft for either reduced cost software (really cheap!) or free downloads.

Also, check the local computer store. Please verify, because I'm not 100% but I was thinking I heard Microsoft loosened the educational software rules a bit and they now include K-12th grade, so if you have children in school you are eligible for the educational version (same program, lower price). I think it runs around $100. (Again, verify at store, I could be wrong).

Bren's Mom
06-25-2009, 02:04 PM
ANY college student can get MS Office Ultimate for $59.95 through this link:

http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/theultimatesteal-us/default.aspx

KristyBDJ
06-25-2009, 03:01 PM
Ok, I would like to state that in no way was I setting out to do anything illegal. I'm not the most technologically savvy person in the world and I thought that maybe it was possible that a product key could be used more than once and if so that maybe someone would share. Thats all, just wanted to clarify. :thumbsup2

JB2K
06-25-2009, 03:09 PM
I, too, don't endorse piracy, of any sort -- in the long run, it just jacks-up the price for everyone.

That said, I know of a couple of legit ways for consumers to get MS Office for far less...


Student/Teacher edition - available at Warehouse Clubs/Office Supply Chains
Military Appreciation Edition - Available (to authorized shoppers) at Military Exchanges, worldwide

dis75ney
06-25-2009, 03:22 PM
ANY college student can get MS Office Ultimate for $59.95 through this link:

http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/theultimatesteal-us/default.aspx

That's what I did as a 33-year-old college student last year...

OctMtnWoods
06-25-2009, 04:35 PM
Again I suggest OpenOffice. FREE. It was made for people who don't / can't spend the price for a commerical license from Microsoft. OpenOffice is made by Sun Microsystems, the same people responsible for Java, so you know its reliable, safe & supported.



Military? Last year DH picked Microsoft Office up for $19.95.

I googled & found this. No idea if still available.
http://forums.military.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/7681925796/m/1490087071001

zachnsamsmommy
06-25-2009, 05:02 PM
I have OpenOffice and love it! I downloaded it about 3 mos ago when my trial of Microsoft Office ended (and I didn't want to shell out the $$$ for continuing it). It is a great processing program, and I actually like it better than Microsoft!

ExPirateShopGirl
06-25-2009, 07:18 PM
Just to clarify... in the world of software (and music) sharing IS stealing. Now that you know it's illegal, there are plenty of ways you can obtain a legitimate code for a reasonable price. And $150 for a full-blown version of Office 2007 is a good deal if you're unable to get a student or other discount. The student/teacher versions of Office may be used on up to 3 computers (of your own) and it runs about $125 before additional sales or discounts.


Ok, I would like to state that in no way was I setting out to do anything illegal. I'm not the most technologically savvy person in the world and I thought that maybe it was possible that a product key could be used more than once and if so that maybe someone would share. Thats all, just wanted to clarify. :thumbsup2

lovndisney
06-26-2009, 05:24 AM
I too have the open office program. I downloaded for when I have to do stuff for work and its actually more compatible with some of my work stuff then my actual work computer as I work in the field and have not had any upgrades on my pc like the main office has.

mountdew1
06-26-2009, 07:44 AM
Ok, I would like to state that in no way was I setting out to do anything illegal. I'm not the most technologically savvy person in the world and I thought that maybe it was possible that a product key could be used more than once and if so that maybe someone would share. Thats all, just wanted to clarify. :thumbsup2

Some product codes can be used more than once. However, they are typically covered under contracts stating when and where they can be used. Example, many companies have a "site" license, a single code that covers all computers located at that given site for the company. But any consumer license is typically good only for 1 machine, or as a PP said occasionally for multiples, but it usually specifies that they are for a single family/household. Selling/transferring the licenses can get them revoked, declared null/invoid, yadda, yadda, yadda. If you don't need Office 2007 you may be able to locate an older version of Office for less, but not for free.

OpenOffice.org, or Lotus' Symphony are both decent free office suites. There are other derivatives from both of those. Also check out GoogleDocs, you may be able to do what you need using their online service for free.

mistysue
06-26-2009, 07:49 AM
Open office is actually a better program, in addition to being free.

It also both saves and opens microsoft office formats and star office formats. You can also save files as a pdf, which can save you a LOT of money on getting adobe or the time to scan things in.

Bren's Mom
06-26-2009, 08:16 AM
Does open office have wp, spreadsheet like Excel, publisher, power point, etc.?

KristyBDJ
06-26-2009, 10:51 AM
I'm going to download OpenOffice. I'll give it a try. I'm sorry I started some huge debate on piracy and I'm sorry that people think I was just trying to steal something...I wasn't. I'll leave my own opinions on piracy out of the discussion but thanks to those who just tried to help and answer my question.:hug:

crisi
06-26-2009, 11:46 AM
Does open office have wp, spreadsheet like Excel, publisher, power point, etc.?

Yes.

Another option is Google Docs - its less full featured that Open Office or MS Office, but it runs in your browser and for most people's PERSONAL use, its pretty cool. It also has the added advantage of saving your files on the internet (you can save them locally as well) providing an embedded backup solution for you.

Both Open Office and Google Docs are free.

Software piracy is punishable by at $150k fine per piece of unlicensed software. Even if you don't realize what you are doing is piracy, the law won't care.

binab
06-26-2009, 11:47 AM
If you have school age children, which it appears that you do, you can qualify for a ton of discounts on software programs. My favorite resource is http://www.academicsuperstore.com

4Seasons
06-26-2009, 12:48 PM
Open office is actually a better program, in addition to being free.

It also both saves and opens microsoft office formats and star office formats. You can also save files as a pdf, which can save you a LOT of money on getting adobe or the time to scan things in.

Another FREE option for saving ANYTHING as a PDF is to download a "print to PDF" type software.
I have something called Bullzip which I downloaded from CNET:
http://download.cnet.com/PDF-Printer/3000-2088_4-10536746.html?tag=mncol

It is super simple to use and you can do things like encrypt the file, watermark, merge with another PDF, etc. Saves me a TON of paper. My goal is an "almost paperless" office (though I still have a very LONG way to go, LOL).
When you download it, it will become one of your printer choices, just print the document to that instead of your regular printer and voila, you have a PDF.

Jalva22
06-26-2009, 02:13 PM
Look into OpenOffice and see if it has what you need. It should. Its free & compatible with Microsofts Office.
And its LEGAL.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=openoffice&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=&aqi=

I'll second that. OpenOffice is great!

crazelion
06-26-2009, 06:48 PM
Openoffice.org is a free program. Plus it is better than MS Office. I switch years to open office. I love this program.

ma2jr
06-26-2009, 06:52 PM
I agree try open office

torinsmom
06-26-2009, 08:26 PM
Many PCs also come with Microsoft Works, which I discovered is very similar to Word. You can type up a document and then do "Save As" and choose ".doc" and it will save the file in a format that can be read by Word. I believe it has a version of Excel and Powerpoint as well. I can't remember, as I now have a laptop from school and they have Office installed on it.

Once I got a used copy of Microsoft Office from someone had replace theirs with a newer version. I guess that was technically stealing though...OOPS! I just thought I was recycling at the time.:guilty:

Marsha

Mililani Mouser
06-27-2009, 03:49 AM
i vote for open office if you are on a budget! it will open word documents and convert it for you if you send it to someone. don't give bill gates any more $$$!

Avonlady1001
06-27-2009, 07:47 AM
I got the Student edition for $80 or so...split it w/ my sisters & we shared the cost. It allows 3 installations. Maybe one or 2 friends/family members need it also and you could split it. :goodvibes

ruadisneyfan2
06-27-2009, 08:52 AM
If you have school age children, which it appears that you do, you can qualify for a ton of discounts on software programs. My favorite resource is http://www.academicsuperstore.com

Thank you for this link. :goodvibes:hug::thumbsup2
My son's school qualifies so I can get MS Office for only $59 after rebate. I prefer this to the free versions since this is what they are learning in school and I'd rather keep things simple for him; using at home same as what they use in school.