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09-10-2003, 03:49 PM
Hi People

Have a PC with MS Works pre-installed, with MS Word included in it. The serial number on it's spash screen is 1234-OEM-5678-9012. I also have Office 2000 installed.
Word stopped working yesterday - the splash screen came up - and then nothing. I decided to uninstall the Work's version of Word that it came with, and reinstall Office. Word still didn't run, only it's splash screen, but still showing the 1234-OEM- seial number.
Reinstalled the version of Word from Works and it is now working fine.

But!! - the splash screen shows the OEM serial number, and using Word's menu [About] I get the Office installation serial number.

QUESTION: How can I disentangle any of the OEM installed software after a Removal(Uninstall) and then what should be a fresh Reinstall? How do I get the -OEM- out of the serial numbers?


PS I have the legitimate CDs for both Works and Office.

Billy T
09-10-2003, 03:57 PM
If it is working OK, why worry?

Who cares what the serial number says?

I'd be grateful it all works and leave well alone.


Billy 8-{)

Graham L
09-10-2003, 04:15 PM
You don't get the OEM out of the serial number. If it's an OEM package, that's part of the "number". It doesn't matter what the number is, as long as it's a "legal" one.

10-10-2003, 09:44 AM
hmm dont know if its wise to post the serial number of your copy??

10-10-2003, 09:51 AM
Ha Ha Budda - have another look - don't think it is a legit number :-)