If you do the F10 you should be able to uninstall the office trial version once your system is restored. You will not have a version without the trial on it, even the recovery disc will most likely contain it. What happens when you try to uninstall the trial in add/remove programmes?
I'm wondering if this cleaner thing doesn't work, whether it would be a good idea to buy a whole new Windows XP because if I ever need to do a recovery in the future I would get the same trial office problem each time!
Can anyone see any downsides of installing another Windows XP apart from losing some software from the Mesh one disc?
The recovery CD will not have the trial on it as it is literally a copy of the Microsoft Windows XP CD with a few additions by ourselves.
You would have to install all drivers and software after using the CD so I'd recommend holding off on using this just yet.
The F10 recovery option will allow you to restore the system to factory settings but would include the trial. This is the best option as you can reset your system to a fresh install, then uninstall the trial. This should be sufficient but I also would recommend using the office cleaner at that point.
After that you can install your Office suite.
You will need further instrcutions for the use of the F10 recovery option. Please email me your mesh serial/order number along with your screen name (will1) to [email protected]