Thread: How's the OEM licensing for Windows Office

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    How's the OEM licensing for Windows Office

    I had a friend coming over last night in need of help, but that I couldn't provide.

    He had just bought a new HP laptop. It comes with the usual installation; OS + Office and a recovery partition. Windows 10 is already licensed, but every time he starts Office 365 it is asking to be licensed. The problem is that when I connected him to the Internet, Office is asking for a key. Nowhere I find this key. It's not on a sticker or anywhere else.

    How are these things being activated nowadays?
    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    The online support page on this topic doesn't sound promising:
    If you didn’t receive a product key with your new PC, and you see options Try, Buy, or Activate when you start Office, this likely means that your new PC shipped with an Office 365 Home trial that’s good for one month. If you paid for a product key card but didn't receive one, or if your PC was supposed to include a free offer for Office but didn't, please contact your PC manufacturer or the store where you bought your PC.
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    Seems like he fits in the no Office camp. Times changed. Or at least my perception of it was that Office was pretty much a guaranteed OEM installation when I used to buy computers with windows pre-installed.

    Anyways, thanks, laserlight.
    I'll install a pirated copy of Office on his laptop. Because.
    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    One month of office 365 is roughly 6 USD I believe, just buy a subscription online. Or libreoffice...

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    That's his decision to make. I'll just solve his more immediate problem and one of the reasons he bought the computer (at my advise) in the first place.
    Rest assured, I'll inform him of the options.
    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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