Old Excel CDROM to run with XP?

  stoner 11:58 10 May 2003

Hi Can anyone help me?
I am trying to register my old MS Office/Excel CD ROM with my new XP but it keeps asking me for my 25 figure registration number which I don't have and didn't need to run it on my ME systems!
Any ideas?

  Forum Editor 12:20 10 May 2003

you can't install MS Office without having the CD key - unless it's a very early version of Office.

I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'register' - do you mean you are trying to install Office from the CD, but don't have the CD key?

  stoner 15:28 10 May 2003

Yes that is what I mean! and several of your Helpline correspondents have already told me on earlier threads that they have happily run Excel/Office on XP so why can't I?

do you still have it on your me system if so open excel go to help on the menu bar click about the number is there.

  VoG™ 15:42 10 May 2003

That is the Product ID, not the Key.

The Key should be on the back of the CD jewel case.

  jazzypop 16:16 10 May 2003

Just contact Microsoft - click here

  siouxah1 18:40 10 May 2003

If you still have the programme loaded and running.

Download AIDA32. Install AIDA32, run the programme, select software - licences - and you should find the Key you require. This is the CD key and not the product ID.

Regards Brian j

  stoner 20:21 10 May 2003

siouxah1, this sounds wonderful but what is AIDA32? and where do I find it?

  VoG™ 20:24 10 May 2003

click here

Don't get your hopes up - this gives my Windows Key but not Office Key. Other users report that it does - a mystery.

  stoner 21:54 10 May 2003

thanks VoG,
I have already tried AIDA32 and it didn't come up with a 25 digit registration key.
But .......
I searched on the Office CD ROM and in a little Notepad file called "Licence" it had a long rambling number of 32 digits which I will try.
Failing that I suppose I could copy the Excel.exe file across (7MB) on CDR.

  VoG™ 21:57 10 May 2003

"I suppose I could copy the Excel.exe file across (7MB) on CDR"

Sorry, that won't work. Office programs, and Excel in particular, scatter files all over your HDD. Plus there have to be the correct registry keys.

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