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Windows 7: Office 2010 continually prompting for license key for "trial" programs

26 Jan 2020   #11

Windows 10 Pro x64 1909 - 18363.657 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EmeraldShard View Post
Fair enough. If it wasn't clear, the license I have is legitimate, of course, and I would expect any licensed software to validate its license upon install and/or first run. It's the ongoing validation that I have more of a distaste for, but that's par for the course of using MS software these days. I was more interested in making sure there wasn't anything going on other than that occasional basic ping for license check - in other words, something which would reveal an immediate need for me to abandon what I thought was an otherwise relatively tracking-free piece of software (at least when compared to its modern contemporaries). But if discussing even that would skirt the rules, then I digress.
The repeated checking for a licence is a valid and acceptable attempt for the owners of software to check that software is licenced and remains licenced for all the time it's used.

This is aimed at major software pirates who long ago developed systems to cover the initial licence requirement on first install. If anyone wishes to blame anyone for the state of current licencing requirements and checks you have to blame the people who steal the right to use the software, and incidentally, raise the cost of software to all the legitimate licenced users. This is in actual cost as all the security measures needed these days cost money to implement, and in the inconvenience of fulfilling licencing checks

In general, I am still interested in the reason for the recurring prompts - and why the software loaded at all without errors, if my key was invalid for the trial versions - if anyone has those answers.
The system is asking for a valid licence key to turn a trial into a permanently Licensed piece of software, If the user does not provide a valid Licence it will, quite reasonably, ask until they do.

It will often allow the trial to run with restrictions until the correct License is applied

Microsoft and other software developers often include versions of related software with purchased software suites, some of these are free but others are trial software.

Trial software can only be made fully licenced by purchasing a second licence in addition to the original one and entering this
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26 Jan 2020   #12

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1

Did you specifically install the home and student edition? As pointed out Outlook isn't in the home and student edition. You can go under file > help to see which edition is installed.
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27 Jan 2020   #13

Win7 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by townsbg View Post
Did you specifically install the home and student edition? As pointed out Outlook isn't in the home and student edition. You can go under file > help to see which edition is installed.
Yes, this became apparent to me when I attempted the reinstall (whereas it didn't say it was a trial when I attempted to add it through appwiz). I do not have a license for any other version, which is why I was wondering if it was a fool's errand to begin with (and apparently that is the case).

I still would think that the software would throw some kind of error or declining message, or else just not start as if I hadn't put in a key, if the key I had wasn't at least valid enough to activate the software for whatever trial period would've been offered. This is what threw me, and it's what made me wonder if maybe some of the validation infrastructure on MS's side has been removed or changed over the years.

But whatever. Currently looking into other email providers and clients at the moment since Gmail seems to be screwing with both clients I've tried so far.
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