Microsoft Works Suite 2005


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Marty

ray said:
Do you simply need an office suite or do you have data to read?
I have the suite on my current computer and am planning on buying a new
machine with Windows 7. I'd like to use the Works CD to install on the new
computer if possible. I've created Word files with that suite, along with
..xlr spreadsheet files, with the latter being my main concern.
 
K

Ken Blake

I have the suite on my current computer and am planning on buying a new
machine with Windows 7. I'd like to use the Works CD to install on the new
computer if possible. I've created Word files with that suite, along with
.xlr spreadsheet files, with the latter being my main concern.

Where did you get Works? Did it come with your computer or did you buy
a retail copy of it yourself?

If the former, sorry to tell you that it's an OEM copy and the OEM
license prohibits your moving it to another computer.
 
R

Rob

Where did you get Works? Did it come with your computer or did you buy
a retail copy of it yourself?

If the former, sorry to tell you that it's an OEM copy and the OEM
license prohibits your moving it to another computer.

So you don't know the answer in other words.
 
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C

choro

So you don't know the answer in other words.
Might he be one of the major shareholders of MS by any chance? ;-)

It takes paupers to defend the interests of the super wealthy!--
choro
*****
 
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ray

I have the suite on my current computer and am planning on buying a new
machine with Windows 7. I'd like to use the Works CD to install on the
new computer if possible. I've created Word files with that suite, along
with .xlr spreadsheet files, with the latter being my main concern.
I don't know for sure, but you might check libreoffice to see if it would
read them - it reads a LOT of formats.
 
M

Marty

Ken Blake said:
Where did you get Works? Did it come with your computer or did you buy
a retail copy of it yourself?

If the former, sorry to tell you that it's an OEM copy and the OEM
license prohibits your moving it to another computer.
I did not buy a retail copy. It "came" with the computer, however, it didn't
come for free, it came because I ordered it and paid extra.
 
P

Paul

Marty said:
I have the suite on my current computer and am planning on buying a new
machine with Windows 7. I'd like to use the Works CD to install on the new
computer if possible. I've created Word files with that suite, along with
.xlr spreadsheet files, with the latter being my main concern.
Does Windows 7 have an "Upgrade Advisor" ?

The idea would be, you run it on your current computer
(the one with Works 2005), and using some database it's
got, it spits out the items that aren't compatible.
If it doesn't think Works 2005 will run, it'll tell
you.

What you can't know, is just *how* incompatible it is.
Such databases aren't always honest. There's a big
difference between "crashes instantly", versus "some
feature nobody uses, doesn't always work right". They're
not going to tell you, which case it is.

Note - when you click the following link, the download
starts immediately. You'll be saving
"Windows7UpgradeAdvisorSetup.exe" as the downloaded file.
The text on this web page, describes dependencies. A couple of
the upgrade advisors have needed .NET installed first,
which is a nuisance. There's a fair chance, you've
already got .NET 2.0 installed. (Only someone who hates
..NET, might not have it.)

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=20

Paul
 
K

Ken Blake

Might he be one of the major shareholders of MS by any chance? ;-)

Who, me?

"Major" shareholder? I wish! I'd be very wealthy.

I own *no* shares of Microsoft.
 
K

Ken Blake

I did not buy a retail copy. It "came" with the computer, however, it didn't
come for free, it came because I ordered it and paid extra.

Then it is an OEM copy, and sorry to tell you that you're out of luck.
You may not do what you want to do.

Can you get away with violating the licensing rules? Maybe or maybe
not, but if you decide to try that, it's between you and your
conscience. I won't report you.
 
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Rob

Don't confuse him not knowing the answer with you not liking the
answer.

You also making assumptions. re Read what was written. and don't change
the subject.

And to quote

"buying a new machine with Windows 7. I'd like to use the Works CD to
install on the new computer if possible."

So is Works compatible with W7 ?????????????????????
 
G

Gordonbp

So is Works compatible with W7 ?????????????????????
The answer, as has been posted several times is "nobody knows" because
Works 2005 is not listed on the MS software compatibility site.
So your only choice is to try it and see.
However, if as you state, it came with your current computer (albeit
that you paid for it) then as Ken said, it's OEM and is not legally
transferable to any other machine...
 
W

Wolf K

The answer, as has been posted several times is "nobody knows" because
Works 2005 is not listed on the MS software compatibility site.
So your only choice is to try it and see.
However, if as you state, it came with your current computer (albeit
that you paid for it) then as Ken said, it's OEM and is not legally
transferable to any other machine...
IMO, Works 2005 is orphanware or close to it, so I'd have no qualms
transferring it to new computer. Especially if I won't be using it on
the old computer ever again.

In any case, I would copy all the files I've generated with it onto an
external drive, and burn a CD or DVD as well. I'm a tad paranoid about
data loss. If the files are hashed in some way, you may not be able to
read them, but if they are plain text, with or without format tags, you
can read them and convert them. Judicious use of Find-Replace can do
wonders.

HTH
 
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J

J. P. Gilliver (John)

Ken Blake said:
Then it is an OEM copy, and sorry to tell you that you're out of luck.
You may not do what you want to do.
That depends on what the person to whom he paid extra bought. Was Works
2005 even available in two versions, OEM and retail? If it was, can he
tell from the CD - which he has - which version he has? (I imagine yes,
from the part number on the CD, though actually finding a list of which
is which might be hard.)
Can you get away with violating the licensing rules? Maybe or maybe
not, but if you decide to try that, it's between you and your
conscience. I won't report you.
--
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)[email protected]+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf

"This situation absolutely requires a really futile and stoopid gesture be done
on somebody's part." "We're just the guys to do it." Eric "Otter" Stratton (Tim
Matheson) and John "Bluto" Blutarsky (John Belushi) - N. L's Animal House
(1978)
 

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