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Offline wolfter

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We need a geek squad
« on: June 08, 2011, 06:19:08 AM »
I've noticed lately that I'm not as sharp at computers as I once was.  I have quite a few things I could ask specifically ask, but I'll start one at time.   8)  I could spend considerable time "googling" it, but I figure collectively, we probably all know the solutions. 

I've been purchasing Microsoft's software since the days oWord Perfectct.  I currently have 3 different versions that I've purchased over the years because with each new system, I had to purchase another version.  Well now, with my new laptop, I have to once again purchase it.  I called them to see if I could just pay to upgrade mexistingng Microsoft Office Suite since I'm not a able to.  Have to pay full retail.  So I will loose Word, Excel and Power Point.  Access also, but I don't use it.

Does anyone use other software that the file types compatibleable with others who still use Office? 

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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2011, 06:57:10 AM »
Open Office is free, is very similar to Microsoft Office and can open your files.

http://www.openoffice.org/

Offline wolfter

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2011, 07:05:24 AM »
Open Office is free, is very similar to Microsoft Office and can open your files.

http://www.openoffice.org/

Thanks!  That's exactly the type of program I'm looking for.  I bookmarked it and will study it after my pot of coffee kicks in.  I'll try it for sure and see if everything is compatible.

Edited:  I downloaded this software and created each file type and sent an email attachment to my other email address and attempted to open those files on the home computer.  I would have to download the software on that system in order to view the files.  If I send attachments to people, they won't want to install the software to convert the files. 
« Last Edit: June 08, 2011, 08:08:28 AM by wolfter »
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Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2011, 07:43:57 AM »
Is there something that prevents you from uninstalling the version you purchased on your prior system and installing it on your new machine?  You would need the Windows Office CD from your prior purchase. Or is it that you want the upgrades to the new version of Office?

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Offline wolfter

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2011, 08:05:46 AM »
Is there something that prevents you from uninstalling the version you purchased on your prior system and installing it on your new machine?  You would need the Windows Office CD from your prior purchase. Or is it that you want the upgrades to the new version of Office?



I uninstalled it from my old laptop and I have the discs and product registration codes but they won't allow it to register because it's an older version.  I don't care about the added features of the new products, I created spreadsheets for many things and just a place to store them.
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Offline David_CA

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011, 08:23:28 AM »
Word Perfect isn't from Microsoft, by the way.  It was released in 1980.  The first version of Word (for Windows) was released in 1989.   ;)

Office 2003,  which was released in 2003 (surprise!) works fine with current systems and with current extended file formats such as the 'x' (.xlsx, .docx, etc) used by default in Office 2007  and 2010.  There's a compatibility pack that must be downloaded and installed for it to handle these formats, however.  OpenOffice works well most of the time, but it's not 100% compatible.  It works fine for basic word processing and spreadsheets, but if you need Access, PowerPoint, or have more complex word processing or spreadsheet needs, Office is the way to go. 
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Offline David_CA

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011, 08:24:41 AM »
I uninstalled it from my old laptop and I have the discs and product registration codes but they won't allow it to register because it's an older version.  I don't care about the added features of the new products, I created spreadsheets for many things and just a place to store them.

What version are you using that requires you to register?  I've installed / used '95, '97, 2000, XP (2002), and 2003 versions and have never registered them.  As long as I had the CD installation key, I was fine.
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10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
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05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
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Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2011, 08:28:35 AM »
An internet search engine is your friend here.  Typing in a comment into a search engine with a problem will often lead you to a tech forum with an answer.

Here's the rather helpful link that was the third pick on the page when I typed in "microsoft won't let me move office to my new machine"


It suggests using the activate by phone option and quotes from Microsoft on how to do it.
http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/microsoft-windows/windows-software/threads/226657
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2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
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2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
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Offline wolfter

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011, 08:45:22 AM »
Word Perfect isn't from Microsoft, by the way.  It was released in 1980.  The first version of Word (for Windows) was released in 1989.   ;)


I knew that, just didn't type it correctly.  I was so accustomed to wordperfect and Lotus that I initially resisted the change.  I started using them in college in the mid 80's back when you had to understand dos and how to write in code.  Certainly don't miss that now.

I have 4 different versions of Microsoft that I've purchased;
Office 2000
Office XP
Office 2000 PRO
Windows XP PRO

I have all the discs and Product key numbers but they said none are compitable with my new operating system.  I might just call them back and use my charming personality to persuade someone to offer a solution that isn't going to cost a fortune.
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline wolfter

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2011, 08:53:15 AM »
An internet search engine is your friend here.  Typing in a comment into a search engine with a problem will often lead you to a tech forum with an answer.


Thanks for the advice.  I was hoping someone else had already worked this issue.  Maybe I should explain further why I get upset when I'm continually am suggested to do google and internet searches.  2 years ago I was legally blind and I have not fully recovered my vision.  I can't spend as much time searching and reading as most people because I start suffering vision fade.  Not sure why I get defensive about that issue? 
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline carousel

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2011, 09:10:13 AM »
WordPerfect is still around.  It's part of Corel Office.  There's been many changes over the year from the old DOS version,  With the advent of Windows. most people switched to using Microsoft Office.

Over the years, Corel have continued to develop it into a wonderful software package, it's just so much easier to use than using Microsoft Office. 

People think you're a bit stupid when I've tried to tell people about how good it is.  I hate going back and having to use Microsoft Office.  It's just so crap.

 

Offline David_CA

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2011, 09:18:10 AM »
You know,  if you haven't purchased a version of Office since 2002 (XP and 2002 are the same thing),  perhaps it really is time to upgrade!  However, XP should still work in Windows 7.  http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_programs/is-office-xp-compatible-with-windows-7/abbe2f98-569e-4123-b0c7-2eb785f13315.  Amazon has Office 2010 for $115.  http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Office-2010-Student-Version/dp/B00337D8U6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307538488&sr=8-1, but it doesn't come with Outlook, Publisher, or Access.  I really didn't like 2007 all that much and stuck with 2003, but I do like 2010 quite a bit more. 

I've never found WordPerfect easier to use, though I haven't used a version in probably three or four years.  It was different, but not easier to me.  Ami Pro by Samna, which later became Word Pro, was the easiest word processor to use for me.  I last used version 3.1 from '92.  This was after Lotus bought Samna; Lotus was later bought by IBM.  The bad part about Ami Pro was that it came on about 19 floppy discs... what a PIA to install!

I knew that, just didn't type it correctly.  I was so accustomed to wordperfect and Lotus that I initially resisted the change.  I started using them in college in the mid 80's back when you had to understand dos and how to write in code.  Certainly don't miss that now.

I have 4 different versions of Microsoft that I've purchased;
Office 2000
Office XP
Office 2000 PRO
Windows XP PRO

I have all the discs and Product key numbers but they said none are compitable with my new operating system.  I might just call them back and use my charming personality to persuade someone to offer a solution that isn't going to cost a fortune.
Black Friday 03-03-2006
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06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
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Offline wolfter

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2011, 09:26:35 AM »
Unbelievable, I call their activation department again ready to use all the charm at my disposal and the gentleman was able to activate it immediately.  He wasn't sure why I was told differently unless it was someone fairly new and wasn't versed on older products.  Either way, I'm content and won't have to reformat my entire file system.

Thanks guys!
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Offline David_CA

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2011, 09:28:42 AM »
Unbelievable, I call their activation department again ready to use all the charm at my disposal and the gentleman was able to activate it immediately.  He wasn't sure why I was told differently unless it was someone fairly new and wasn't versed on older products.  Either way, I'm content and won't have to reformat my entire file system.

Thanks guys!

Congrats!  I knew it would work.   ;)  Why would you need to change file systems to use Office?  I've never heard of such a thing.  
Black Friday 03-03-2006
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06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
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05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
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Offline wolfter

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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2011, 09:44:30 AM »
Congrats!  I knew it would work.   ;)  Why would you need to change file systems to use Office?  I've never heard of such a thing.  

When I installed the software, I wasn't able to activate and every time I opened Word, PP or Excel I would get a message telling me that I had so many visits left before it would deactivate.  I was down to 7 more times and didn't want to loose my files.  If I chose a different processing system, I'd have to convert each of those files over to the correct format extension. 
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Re: We need a geek squad
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2011, 11:38:45 AM »
Thanks for the advice.  I was hoping someone else had already worked this issue.  Maybe I should explain further why I get upset when I'm continually am suggested to do google and internet searches.  2 years ago I was legally blind and I have not fully recovered my vision.  I can't spend as much time searching and reading as most people because I start suffering vision fade.  Not sure why I get defensive about that issue? 

Sorry -- didn't mean to hit a hot button.  We all have them and it is often hard to figure out why; certainly I can't figure out half of mine.  They just exist...

But glad you found a solution.

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5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%

 


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