It took me all of yesterday to figure out how to reinstall Office 2007 onto my (*ahem*) Windows Vista-powered laptop.
A dozen websites later, I finally got things going.
So, to save other people the hassle, here are the instructions to install Word, etc., after a reformat.
- Have your CD handy. Do not put it into the computer. Also, have your phone ready.
- Uninstall any version of Office that came with your computer. If you accidentally loaded an older version of Office because you thought you had the current CD, uninstall it. Restart.
- Tell your computer that it is okay to have "Run" on your Start button. (Right-click on taskbar, click Properties, click on the Start Menu tab. The Start Menu radio button should be selected. Click Customize, scroll down and check the Run command check-box.)
- Go to Start>Run, and enter "regedit." Delete all instances of Office from the local machine and from all users (look under Software>Microsoft in each instance). Restart.
- Download a trial version of the MS Office suite you have. That's right.
- Enter the product key listed on your CD into the trial version activation wizard.
- You've probably installed Office too many times on your PC... so you're told. You'll have to call an automated message to verify that you are an honest person. There's a three dozen-digit code to read to the system (speak slowly), it will ask you if you've been naughty, and then it will read you a code to enter. It's a bully-good time.
Of course, I know that all who have not bowed a knee to Bill are laughing right now, but is there any hope of repentance at this point?