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Old 03-23-2007, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does MS Office communicate with the internet and microsoft detects whether it is pirated or not? I told my friend it was not a good idea because MS seems serious nowadays but he can install a pirated version of Office 2007. How big a risk would he be taking?

I also heard that you cannot install updates if hte product is pirated. How important would these updates be?
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Does MS Office communicate with the internet and microsoft detects whether it is pirated or not? I told my friend it was not a good idea because MS seems serious nowadays but he can install a pirated version of Office 2007. How big a risk would he be taking?

I also heard that you cannot install updates if hte product is pirated. How important would these updates be?
I wouldn't worry about it yet. it will be another year or 2 beside they even started checking.

they want to make money first. when sells start to decline, that's when they will start checking
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Actually Office is a part of the Windows Update now. There is a mandatory update that install a WGA for Office already.

So M$ does check for the validity of Office. If you have a good keygen then you dont have to worry. But other than that it could detect if you have a porated version.
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Actually Office is a part of the Windows Update now. There is a mandatory update that install a WGA for Office already.

So M$ does check for the validity of Office. If you have a good keygen then you dont have to worry. But other than that it could detect if you have a porated version.
What precautions should he take? He just told me "it is so expensive" but for certain reasons he needs Office and not something else.

Yahoo! Answers - Default How does microsoft detect/enforce Office piracy in Vista? The question was asked here too, the first answer scares me. Is it really this serious?
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How much is what he needs?
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Its odd, few friends at my school who also have Vista (Full, non-pirated) have pirated Office 2003. I bought it myself simply because I hate running pirated software, I like to be authentic and I told em that I highly doubt it would work with the updates, but they say they now installed all these updates for Office that Vista caught without a problem. Interesting I thought
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So, should he have anything to worry aobut? He is going ahead to do it what advice and precautions should he do?
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Its odd, few friends at my school who also have Vista (Full, non-pirated) have pirated Office 2003. I bought it myself simply because I hate running pirated software, I like to be authentic and I told em that I highly doubt it would work with the updates, but they say they now installed all these updates for Office that Vista caught without a problem. Interesting I thought
I don't think that they care much about 2003
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I don't think that they care much about 2003
Oh maybe, yeah.. I would guess with 07' Office they'll be more strict, but whats so better about 2007 than 2003? I mean, how much more is there really to add?
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