Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
As many of you are aware, I actually test our stuff to make sure it's working. I signup for my webcasts and test that process. I signup for our live events and test that. I have a TechNet subscription. I do this so I can see what you see and hopefully head off any issues.
So I grabbed one of the Launch 2007 Resource Kits at my show on Thursday and just got around to testing the Office 2007 download. I encountered the following instructions:
Office 2007 Product Download Procedure To install your copy of Office Professional 2007 and Office Groove 2007, please follow these steps: Click on the link below for the product you'd like to download and install - a new window will open. On the product page, click "Try now for FREE!". Log-in to Passport (Windows Live ID). Please provide Registration information and click "Continue". On the download page, click "Download Now". Please use the Product Key provided in the kit you received at the launch event to unlock your product. Disregard the trial Product Key presented on this page*. Product download times will vary. Once the download completes, click "Continue". You will receive an email during the download process – please DISREGARD the Product Key in that email and ONLY use the Product Key provided in the kit you received at launch.
Office 2007 Product Download Procedure
To install your copy of Office Professional 2007 and Office Groove 2007, please follow these steps:
The net net is that the key you received with your kit, is the non time bombed key to use. Sorry for any confusion on this. I guess we decided to leverage the download area which is very very fast. I received the download at 1.8meg per second. Smokin.
I have a couple of questions about the install of the free Office 2007/Groove 2007 from the Launch Event (i.e. one machine only):
1) Can I download to one machine and install it on another (i.e. take advantage of a faster connection)?
2) If I rebuild my machine or buy a new one, can I remove the first installation and install it on the rebuilt or new machine? (This is important to me since I keep a back-up copy of any important software in case my machine crashes.)
Gordon, there's no problem downloading to a machine you aren't installing on. Regarding the second question, you might want to look into our deployment tools. With WinPE and ImageX, you can capture an existing machine, then deploy the captured image to a new machine. There will be some caveats because Windows Vista activation will trip due to the change of the machine configuration.
CompletePC backup/restore might be easier. But I haven't done a restore to a completely different machine. That might be a fun test for this weekend.
Help - Once I hit the try it now and then get to the log in to passport - the website bombs. I have repeatedly received the error to delete all my cookies - which I have and to no avail - I cannot download the trial software so that I can enter the key I received at the launch - very very frustrating.