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I have been using emachine laptop with microsoft office home and student on it.i cannot work on it because it keeps asking for product key.the one i have on the laptop is not working.please help.

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Hello,

Here's the situation:

Your laptop came with a trial version of Microsoft Office. This trial version is only good for 25 uses, and you have now used it 25 times. Microsoft is now telling you that you need to enter a valid product key (which you get when you purchase ms office). The product key on the bottom of the laptop is your windows product key, not an ms office product key.

You have two options:

1) Purchase a copy of microsoft office.

2) Download Open Office. Open Office is a free (yes totally free) alternative to ms office from Sun Microsystems, the organization that owns Java (a programming language). Open Office contains equivalent versions of word, excel, and powerpoint. With Open Office, You can open and create documents in ms office format. It's not exactly like ms office, but it's pretty darn close, and even looks quite similar.

For maximum compatibility and ease of use, purchase ms office. However Open Office is an excellent alternative to ms office and millions of people use it. If you go to google, and type in 'open office', you should be able to find it quite easily.

Please get back to me if you need any further information.

Hope this helps!

Regards,

Joe

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

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The product key is basically a license / receipt that tells Microsoft you paid for the software.

So you can try tracking one down by searching the web ;)

OR you can download a trail version of Office 2010 which will allow you to use office for 30 days (usually)

Or you can use Open Office which is an open source aka FREE version of office. It's similar and not as flashy but it gets the job done.

Here's a link to Open Office.

Hope this info helps.

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

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