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How to tranfer information on illigal microsoft to a legal copy

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January 2, 2011 9:22:23 PM

Hello,
When I had a virus on my computer the guy who was supposed to have helped me- deleted everything on the computer when_ he formatted _ I asked him to save everything first - which he did not do.
When I got the laptop back from him it had and illegal version of MS ON it.. I have been using it for a while-
***Now I want to download my legitimate MS office small business 2007 and don't know how to do this - also I would like to transfer some documents to the new system?
Advise would be appreciated
a b $ Windows 7
January 2, 2011 9:54:41 PM

Flash drive
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January 2, 2011 9:58:29 PM

Hello koiidesign;

You want to update your Windows Product key to the correct license key.

You can do this from your System Information screen.

In the Start Menu search box type: System
From the list chose the System option that shows up under the Control Panel category.

Or you can right click on the Computer link in the Start Menu right panel (the blue part) and choose Properties there.
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January 3, 2011 2:52:07 AM

First of all:
Is the Windows OS illegal or the MS Office illegal?
Even in the illegal one you can easily transfer your files to an external storage drive using the Migration tool or you can simply copy the files you need and then copy them back after a fresh install, in case the data is encrypted , then , the migration tool will be a lot more useful.
Is it your Outlook data that you want backed up?
If so, then just save the email setting to a file on the ext storage dev, and then go to the address where all the data is stored and copy that whole folder too.
This you will find in the Settings, storage path of the outlook settings.
Later after a fresh install you can copy the complete folder back to the same address and you'll have all you mails, folders etc etc back in the new outlook.....
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January 12, 2011 11:17:00 PM

Thanks for both the replies- I will take the task on this weekend and let you know the results...
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January 13, 2011 11:43:39 PM

Hi guys,
Took advise from both replies... thanks so much
I stored and backed up all my data on Carbonite...
I upgraded my Outlook. Still not sure how to install the legal MS word, excel etc and where to find the illegal copies to delete? or uninstall? I am totally loss when it comes to this-- ? Any suggestions
Thanks for all the great responses
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January 13, 2011 11:46:56 PM

Is your Windows 7 operating system a genuine copy?
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a b $ Windows 7
January 13, 2011 11:48:07 PM

And do you have any part of Microsoft Office 2007 currently installed?
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January 21, 2011 12:22:48 AM

WR2 said:
Is your Windows 7 operating system a genuine copy?


Yes, I made sure that I HAVE LEGAL COPIES OF EVERYTHING and will keep it safe ...
I managed to sort out my problems due to help from great guys on Tom's Hardware.Microsoft office and Outlook... . If I knew about your site I would not have lost all my document, info and 7yrs of business contacts..TOO late for tears.. .I have learned my lesson the hard way..
THANKS AGAIN for the advice!!!! You guys are great!


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January 21, 2011 12:25:13 AM

Best answer selected by koiidesign.
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a c 395 $ Windows 7
January 21, 2011 12:41:24 AM

Glad you got it worked out!
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a b $ Windows 7
January 21, 2011 3:16:40 AM

:)  Welcome
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February 12, 2011 8:39:33 AM

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