Office 2007 in a virtual machine?

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office' started by AzJazz, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. AzJazz

    AzJazz MDL Novice

    Oct 24, 2009
    I have a purchased and registered copy of Office 2007. I have since uninstalled my copy of Office 2007, and replaced it with Office 2010 on my main PC (Win7x64).

    Now, I want to install my old purchased copy of Office 2007 in a WinXP x32 VirtualBox VM.

    Is there a way I can do this without calling Microsoft? I have to rebuild Virtual Machines numerous times throughout the year, and I don't want to call them every time I do another install.


  2. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

    Mar 8, 2010
    I think retail keys allow for more than 1 activation request, and installing it on a VM should not trigger a block or calling MS activation.

    I have technet keys for office 2010 pro plus, and although I understood it to be perhaps 10-15 auto activations, I must have activated 25-30 times and each time it passed. This is for 1 key only and fortunately I have 10 keys (5 allowed now) for proplus with 10 keys for office 2010.

    If you have to rebuild VMs several times, try (a) office 2010 trials (b) get a technet account (c) get some keys from the internet (google).
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  3. l2p2c2

    l2p2c2 MDL Member

    Apr 23, 2010
    You can install it once, activate, and backup your activation files.
  4. AzJazz

    AzJazz MDL Novice

    Oct 24, 2009
    A Technet account would sure be awesome. A shame that they are so darned expensive!!!

    How do I backup my activation files? Then, I could use my currently installed Office 2010 in my VM, which would be nice.