Windows 10: Microsoft Office 2010, Does Product Key have to be in caps?

  1.    3 Weeks Ago #1

    Microsoft Office 2010, Does Product Key have to be in caps?


    The subject says it all. I could not finish installation of Microsoft Office 2010. I have the Product Key but don't know if the maximum number of uses has been met. The website that the installation sent me to for entering the product key said that upper or lower case was ok. I used lower case for convenience. Might upper case have worked better? Thanks
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       3 Weeks Ago #2

    I seem to remember the Product Key is 5 groups of 5 alphanumeric characters and can be capitilized or not, I always type exactly as on the documentation [just is neater]. Of greater concern would be where the Product Key came from, not all available on the Internet are legitimate and if they are may not be correct for the exact version of the software you have.
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       3 Weeks Ago #3

    JWalker said: View Post
    The website that the installation sent me to for entering the product key said that upper or lower case was ok. I used lower case for convenience. Might upper case have worked better? Thanks
    I can only answer based on my MS Office Home & Student 2007 which allows it to be installed in 3 different devices.

    In my case, the upper case and the dashes are entered by the system Automatically. I used the lower case and it was turned to upper case automatically.
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       3 Weeks Ago #4

    My documentation is in upper case characters for the Product Key. That is what I enter.
    The amount of PC licenses depends on the version of MS Office 2010 you have. Mine is a 3 PC license.

    Been a long time, but as mentioned I think it auto upper cases them anyway.
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  5.    3 Weeks Ago #5

    Thanks for the replies. It seems that there is no single answer to the question. I might try using caps instead of lowercase. The disk came with my used laptop from eBay. I was able to install it on two more computers and then it would not load on any other computer. That is why I questioned whether I might try the caps. It could be that the disk provided three installations including the computer from eBay. I bought another disk on eBay for $50 with two licenses which was pretty reasonable. I saw some offers on eBay for a single license for under $10 with MS Office downloaded from private servers. I did not bite on those in spite of the low cost.
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       3 Weeks Ago #6

    RE : I might try using caps instead of lowercase.
    You can instantly get the answer by using the lower case. It shows right away when you enter your first alphabet whether it will convert it to upper case automatically or not.

    RE : That is why I questioned whether I might try the caps. It could be that the disk provided three installations including the computer from eBay
    I am afraid it has no bearing on whether your product key is valid or not.
    In my case, after I entered the product key, a green checkmark would appear at the end of the product key box indicating the key was valid.

    RE : I bought another disk on eBay for $50 with two licenses which was pretty reasonable.
    May be not as "reasonable" as you thought.
    There are scammers won't think twice taking your money.
    Last edited by davidhk; 3 Weeks Ago at 13:28.
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       3 Weeks Ago #7

    davidhk said: View Post
    I can only answer based on my MS Office Home & Student 2007 which allows it to be installed in 3 different devices.

    In my case, the upper case and the dashes are entered by the system Automatically. I used the lower case and it was turned to upper case automatically.
    Can confirm this. Caps lock or not, MS Office will turn the letters in uppercase.

    And about buying Office: License is important. You can always download Office from MS
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  8.    3 Weeks Ago #8

    davidhk said: View Post
    RE : I might try using caps instead of lowercase.


    RE : I bought another disk on eBay for $50 with two licenses which was pretty reasonable.
    May be not as "reasonable" as you thought.
    There are scammers won't think twice taking your money.
    I believe the sale was legitimate. The disk says Microsoft and the first installation went well. No need to use the second installation just to test to see if it is there.
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       3 Weeks Ago #9

    Your post #5 says you were able to install on 2, then presumably one had already been used.

    I would never trust any software from Ebay, 50 USD for supposedly two licenses is not cheap, and it's outdated, some 8 YO.
    I looked up my old order and it was the equivalent of 90 USD for 3 licenses + media from a reputable supplier. Admittedly an almost impossible calculation due to different taxes in various countries.
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