How to Move MS Office to a New Computer

By Jason Gabriel

Microsoft Office contains such programs as Excel (for spreadsheets), PowerPoint (for presentations) and Word (for word processing). It is the standard office program that comes with Microsoft Windows. Recent versions of MS Office, as with most other recent windows programs, uses an Internet authentication program that registers your program identification number with a Windows database; this ensures that MS Office can only be installed on one computer. But there's a way to transfer Office to another computer.

Things You'll Need

  • PC
  • Windows XP or Vista
  • Microsoft Office installation CD(s)
  • Microsoft Office program ID (found on your MS Office certificate of authenticity; this comes with any version of MS Office)

Step 1

Double-click on the “My Computer” icon on your desktop. This will open the My Computer window.

Step 2

Click on the “Control Panels” button. This will be on the left side of the My Computer window, and clicking it will open the Control Panels window.

Step 3

Open “Add or Remove Programs.”

Step 4

Find Microsoft Office on the list of programs. Highlight it, then click the “Uninstall” button at the bottom-right of the screen.

Step 5

Wait for the uninstall process to complete.

Step 6

At this stage, you may wish to back up your Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook documents to an external hard drive or data key; this way, you can transfer them to the new computer you will install MS Office on. To do this, open up the “My Documents” folder on the computer's desktop, press the “Folders” button at the top of the screen, attach your external hard drive, and transfer the files.

Step 7

Move to the new computer. Insert the MS Office installation CD. Follow the instructions in the program to install the program.

Step 8

Open the “My Documents” folder on the new computer's desktop.

Step 9

Press the “Folders” button at the top of the screen. This will open the “Folders” sub-menu at the left of the screen.

Step 10

Connect your external hard drive or data key to the new computer.

Step 11

Transfer your documents to the new computer's “My Documents” file.