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Howard E. Rosenman
I recently replaced the hard drives in my 2009 iMac and my 2011 MacBook Pro with SSDs. I still have the old drives, and they were copied to their respective SSDs with Carbon Copy Cloner. Everything transferred fine, except for MS Office 2011. The software is there, but when I launch any of the applications it asks for the serial number. We recently moved, and the original (3-license) box is buried somewhere, and it may be a while before it turns up.

Is there anything I can copy off the original drive(s), or handle in another manner, so I can use Office on the new drives?

(BTW, replacing spinning drives with SSDs have breathed new life into my slightly aging machines)
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Re: Moving MS Office to a new drive

Al Varnell
On Jul 30, 2017, at 12:17 PM, "Howard E. Rosenman" wrote:

I recently replaced the hard drives in my 2009 iMac and my 2011 MacBook Pro with SSDs. I still have the old drives, and they were copied to their respective SSDs with Carbon Copy Cloner. Everything transferred fine, except for MS Office 2011. The software is there, but when I launch any of the applications it asks for the serial number. We recently moved, and the original (3-license) box is buried somewhere, and it may be a while before it turns up.

Is there anything I can copy off the original drive(s), or handle in another manner, so I can use Office on the new drives?

Not in my experience. Customer support has a reputation of not being very supportive in cases like this and will probably demand some sort of proof of purchase before offering any help at all. Afraid you will have to spend the time finding that box.

(BTW, replacing spinning drives with SSDs have breathed new life into my slightly aging machines)
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Re: Moving MS Office to a new drive

Jerry King
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Probably too late but I make it a practice to store license codes in my computer as file data. 
1Password has a category to store the data
I also store an rtf file in the Applications folder, next to the App, with the license, etc information 


Jerry 


On Jul 30, 2017, at 3:17 PM, Howard E. Rosenman <[hidden email]> wrote:

I recently replaced the hard drives in my 2009 iMac and my 2011 MacBook Pro with SSDs. I still have the old drives, and they were copied to their respective SSDs with Carbon Copy Cloner. Everything transferred fine, except for MS Office 2011. The software is there, but when I launch any of the applications it asks for the serial number. We recently moved, and the original (3-license) box is buried somewhere, and it may be a while before it turns up.

Is there anything I can copy off the original drive(s), or handle in another manner, so I can use Office on the new drives?

(BTW, replacing spinning drives with SSDs have breathed new life into my slightly aging machines)
--
Howard E. Rosenman
Everett, WA, USA


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Re: Moving MS Office to a new drive

Howard E. Rosenman
Yeah, I'm a lot smarter about keeping track of things I might need to restore than I was 6 years ago :)

On the plus side, I have much more knowledge about Pages and Numbers than I did before. 

I will search for the box, thanks folks!

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Everett, WA, USA
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On Jul 30, 2017, at 5:14 PM, Jerry King <[hidden email]> wrote:

Probably too late but I make it a practice to store license codes in my computer as file data. 
1Password has a category to store the data
I also store an rtf file in the Applications folder, next to the App, with the license, etc information 


Jerry 


On Jul 30, 2017, at 3:17 PM, Howard E. Rosenman <[hidden email]> wrote:

I recently replaced the hard drives in my 2009 iMac and my 2011 MacBook Pro with SSDs. I still have the old drives, and they were copied to their respective SSDs with Carbon Copy Cloner. Everything transferred fine, except for MS Office 2011. The software is there, but when I launch any of the applications it asks for the serial number. We recently moved, and the original (3-license) box is buried somewhere, and it may be a while before it turns up.

Is there anything I can copy off the original drive(s), or handle in another manner, so I can use Office on the new drives?

(BTW, replacing spinning drives with SSDs have breathed new life into my slightly aging machines)
--
Howard E. Rosenman
Everett, WA, USA


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Re: Moving MS Office to a new drive

"John Turner the Bear😎"
If you have a Time Machine Backup that should work . It did on my 2011 Education edition, if I remember correctly.

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Yeah, I'm a lot smarter about keeping track of things I might need to restore than I was 6 years ago :)

On the plus side, I have much more knowledge about Pages and Numbers than I did before. 

I will search for the box, thanks folks!

--
Howard E. Rosenman
Everett, WA, USA
(pecked out on my iPhone)

On Jul 30, 2017, at 5:14 PM, Jerry King <[hidden email]> wrote:

Probably too late but I make it a practice to store license codes in my computer as file data. 
1Password has a category to store the data
I also store an rtf file in the Applications folder, next to the App, with the license, etc information 


Jerry 


On Jul 30, 2017, at 3:17 PM, Howard E. Rosenman <[hidden email]> wrote:

I recently replaced the hard drives in my 2009 iMac and my 2011 MacBook Pro with SSDs. I still have the old drives, and they were copied to their respective SSDs with Carbon Copy Cloner. Everything transferred fine, except for MS Office 2011. The software is there, but when I launch any of the applications it asks for the serial number. We recently moved, and the original (3-license) box is buried somewhere, and it may be a while before it turns up.

Is there anything I can copy off the original drive(s), or handle in another manner, so I can use Office on the new drives?

(BTW, replacing spinning drives with SSDs have breathed new life into my slightly aging machines)
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Everett, WA, USA


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Re: Moving MS Office to a new drive

David Rostenne
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Howard,

At one point you could copy specific plist files from the old to the new drive and it would transfer the license info..

https://cwl.cc/2012/02/easy-way-to-move-your-microsoft-office.html

But further reading says that this no longer works with updated versions of Office 2011 or later.

Thanks for asking! I have used the linked method in the past, and am glad to know that from now on I can just tell clients “You need to find the box, or call Microsoft..”

Cheers,

Dave


> On 30-July-2017, at 3:17 PM, Howard E. Rosenman <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> Is there anything I can copy off the original drive(s), or handle in another manner, so I can use Office on the new drives?




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Re: Moving MS Office to a new drive

Mike Noonan-2
Search for a program (I’ve forgotten the name) that will extract the Office License code.   Reinstall Office (same version) if you have not need for plists.  They’ll be rebuilt.   If you made extensive use of Office editing, then also copy the MS Office folder in the Application folder.  

The simplest thing to do is the use Migration Assistant.  I started it up and it shows that you can use a start up disk.  I couldn’t get any further when I had to choose a source another Mac (target mode), TimeMachine, or startup disk.  It doesn’t say whether a locally attached disk will work or not.  I assume it does.  You’ll need a USB enclosure for the old disk to connect it to your Mac.  Get one from Fry’s, Best Buy or OWC (macsales.com).  

What are you using for backup?  

On Jul 31, 2017, at 11:32 AM, David Rostenne <[hidden email]> wrote:

Howard,

At one point you could copy specific plist files from the old to the new drive and it would transfer the license info..

https://cwl.cc/2012/02/easy-way-to-move-your-microsoft-office.html

But further reading says that this no longer works with updated versions of Office 2011 or later.

Thanks for asking! I have used the linked method in the past, and am glad to know that from now on I can just tell clients “You need to find the box, or call Microsoft..”

Cheers,

Dave


> On 30-July-2017, at 3:17 PM, Howard E. Rosenman <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Is there anything I can copy off the original drive(s), or handle in another manner, so I can use Office on the new drives?




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Re: Moving MS Office to a new drive

Mike Noonan-2
You’ll also need the enclosure for the old drive to get the license code for Office.


On Aug 2, 2017, at 1:25 PM, Mike Noonan <[hidden email]> wrote:

Search for a program (I’ve forgotten the name) that will extract the Office License code.   Reinstall Office (same version) if you have not need for plists.  They’ll be rebuilt.   If you made extensive use of Office editing, then also copy the MS Office folder in the Application folder.  

The simplest thing to do is the use Migration Assistant.  I started it up and it shows that you can use a start up disk.  I couldn’t get any further when I had to choose a source another Mac (target mode), TimeMachine, or startup disk.  It doesn’t say whether a locally attached disk will work or not.  I assume it does.  You’ll need a USB enclosure for the old disk to connect it to your Mac.  Get one from Fry’s, Best Buy or OWC (macsales.com).  

What are you using for backup?  

On Jul 31, 2017, at 11:32 AM, David Rostenne <[hidden email]> wrote:

Howard,

At one point you could copy specific plist files from the old to the new drive and it would transfer the license info..

https://cwl.cc/2012/02/easy-way-to-move-your-microsoft-office.html

But further reading says that this no longer works with updated versions of Office 2011 or later.

Thanks for asking! I have used the linked method in the past, and am glad to know that from now on I can just tell clients “You need to find the box, or call Microsoft..”

Cheers,

Dave


> On 30-July-2017, at 3:17 PM, Howard E. Rosenman <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Is there anything I can copy off the original drive(s), or handle in another manner, so I can use Office on the new drives?




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Re: Moving MS Office to a new drive

Howard E. Rosenman
I have the original hard drive from my MB Pro in a USB enclosure, and I use Carbon Copy Cloner for my backups.  

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Howard E. Rosenman
Everett, WA, USA
mobile: 904.563.5483
(pecked out on my iPhone)

> On Aug 2, 2017, at 1:26 PM, Mike Noonan <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> You’ll also need the enclosure for the old drive to get the license code for Office.
>
>
> On Aug 2, 2017, at 1:25 PM, Mike Noonan <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Search for a program (I’ve forgotten the name) that will extract the Office License code.   Reinstall Office (same version) if you have not need for plists.  They’ll be rebuilt.   If you made extensive use of Office editing, then also copy the MS Office folder in the Application folder.  
>
> The simplest thing to do is the use Migration Assistant.  I started it up and it shows that you can use a start up disk.  I couldn’t get any further when I had to choose a source another Mac (target mode), TimeMachine, or startup disk.  It doesn’t say whether a locally attached disk will work or not.  I assume it does.  You’ll need a USB enclosure for the old disk to connect it to your Mac.  Get one from Fry’s, Best Buy or OWC (macsales.com).  
>
> What are you using for backup?  
>
> On Jul 31, 2017, at 11:32 AM, David Rostenne <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Howard,
>
> At one point you could copy specific plist files from the old to the new drive and it would transfer the license info..
>
> https://cwl.cc/2012/02/easy-way-to-move-your-microsoft-office.html
>
> But further reading says that this no longer works with updated versions of Office 2011 or later.
>
> Thanks for asking! I have used the linked method in the past, and am glad to know that from now on I can just tell clients “You need to find the box, or call Microsoft..”
>
> Cheers,
>
> Dave
>
>
>> On 30-July-2017, at 3:17 PM, Howard E. Rosenman <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>> Is there anything I can copy off the original drive(s), or handle in another manner, so I can use Office on the new drives?
>
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Re: Moving MS Office to a new drive

"John Turner the Bear😎"
Way to go! I am very happy for you! 

Bear😎 

From: Howard Rosenman [hidden email]
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Date: August 2, 2017 at 5:25:51 PM
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I have the original hard drive from my MB Pro in a USB enclosure, and I use Carbon Copy Cloner for my backups.

--
Howard E. Rosenman
Everett, WA, USA
mobile: 904.563.5483
(pecked out on my iPhone)

> On Aug 2, 2017, at 1:26 PM, Mike Noonan <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> You’ll also need the enclosure for the old drive to get the license code for Office.
>
>
> On Aug 2, 2017, at 1:25 PM, Mike Noonan <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Search for a program (I’ve forgotten the name) that will extract the Office License code. Reinstall Office (same version) if you have not need for plists. They’ll be rebuilt. If you made extensive use of Office editing, then also copy the MS Office folder in the Application folder.
>
> The simplest thing to do is the use Migration Assistant. I started it up and it shows that you can use a start up disk. I couldn’t get any further when I had to choose a source another Mac (target mode), TimeMachine, or startup disk. It doesn’t say whether a locally attached disk will work or not. I assume it does. You’ll need a USB enclosure for the old disk to connect it to your Mac. Get one from Fry’s, Best Buy or OWC (macsales.com).
>
> What are you using for backup?
>
> On Jul 31, 2017, at 11:32 AM, David Rostenne <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Howard,
>
> At one point you could copy specific plist files from the old to the new drive and it would transfer the license info..
>
> https://cwl.cc/2012/02/easy-way-to-move-your-microsoft-office.html
>
> But further reading says that this no longer works with updated versions of Office 2011 or later.
>
> Thanks for asking! I have used the linked method in the past, and am glad to know that from now on I can just tell clients “You need to find the box, or call Microsoft..”
>
> Cheers,
>
> Dave
>
>
>> On 30-July-2017, at 3:17 PM, Howard E. Rosenman <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>> Is there anything I can copy off the original drive(s), or handle in another manner, so I can use Office on the new drives?
>
>
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