I swap, replace, and upgrade my main workstation pretty often and over the last couple of years, have subsequently installed/reinstalled/reactivated my copy of Office several times and finally its telling me i can't activate.

So is that it? I have to run out and buy another copy?


I've had lots of luck activating over the phone. They're usually willing to free up licenses if you explain that you've used them for reinstalling on one machine.


Call and have them reset the activation counter. It's a cinch.

  • 2
    No need to take a dig at foreign based call centers. – hyperslug Jul 21 '09 at 21:20
  • You're right, I'm just bitter after having recently experienced some major problems doing this very thing. I'll edit it out. – Dan Walker Jul 21 '09 at 21:37

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