Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetSoftware · 1 decade ago

My microsoft word says I need a 25 character cd key...I dont have one. what do I do?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    If you want to use Microsoft Word you will have to purchase it. Microsoft Word is not free but there is a free alternative. Try Open Office, a free alternative to Microsoft Office and is completely compatible with Office programs. The program Writer included in Open Office is just like Microsoft Word. is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

  • 1 decade ago

    You probably have a trial version of Microsoft Office (includes Word) that is (or was) good for 25 uses or 60 days. If you haven't already been using it, you can start by clicking the Continue button on the registration page.

    Be warned, though, that when it expires, without much notice, you'll be able only to read and print documents, not edit or create them.

    If you have been using it and it has now expired, here are some options:

    If you have files that are locked up in the new Word 2007 file format (.docx), here’s a possibility for salvaging them. Microsoft offers a free Compatibility pack that allows earlier versions of Word to read Word 2007 files. If you have access to an earlier version, this can at least give you back your documents. Some new features of Word 2007 will be lost or converted to straight text in the conversion to the earlier version.

    On the other hand, if you’re interested in buying Word, check out this URL, especially the second group of listings.

    Note that the higher of the two prices quoted is for a full version of that program and the lower, for upgrades from existing software. Read the list of upgrade-qualifying software carefully: MS Works is often one, and may have come on your machine.

    Further, if you're a student, you may qualify for the Student edition of Office at a pretty good price:

    Good luck.

    Source(s): Compatibility Pack from Microsoft (free): List of non-portable features 2007->earlier versions:
  • What Samuel Adams said, if you don't know what a cd-key is, or have one, more than likely you have an illegal copy of Office.

    Do as Samuel sugested and get Open Office. It's free it's good and

    it solves any legal issues and does everything MS Office does as far as I know.

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