Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Reinstall Office 2003 Without Activation

  • Install Office 2003 as usual and activate it over Internet. (This is the last time you have to do this).
  • Create a folder named ‘Disable Office 2k3 activation’ on your desktop. Navigate to the folder ‘C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE11′ or Enter ‘%ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE11′ in your ‘Start>Run’ box and locate the file ‘mso.dll’. Only this file is modified after activating Office. Some installations have this file only in the folder above and some also have in ‘OFFICE10′ folder. Copy this file and paste in the folder created above.
  • Download the XP Command Script ‘Disable_O2k3_act.cmd’ and save in the same folder ‘Disable Office 2k3 activation’.

Now burn this folder on your Office 2003 CD or run this Command Script to automatically activate your Office installation every time you reinstall.

--All the activation info is kept in mso.dll

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