If you're preparing to reinstall Microsoft Office 2003 you will need to locate your copy of the Microsoft Office 2003 product key - also known as the CD key. Normally this product key is on a sticker attached to the inside of your CD case or located with the manual that came with Office 2003.
If you've lost your product key, don't worry. It's located in the registry but it's encrypted and not readable, making finding it without some help a little difficult.
Follow the steps below to locate your Microsoft Office 2003 product key code.
Manually locating the Microsoft Office 2003 product key from the registry is nearly impossible due to the fact that it's encrypted. Luckily, a number of free programs exist to help find product keys.
Choose a free product key finder program that supports Microsoft Office 2003.
Note: Any product key finder that locates Microsoft Office 2003 product keys will locate the product keys for any edition you may have including Microsoft Office 2003 Professional, Standard, Small Business, Basic, Student and Teacher, and Professional Enterprise.
Download and run the key finder program. Follow any instructions provided by the software.
The numbers and letters displayed by the program represent the Microsoft Office 2003 product key. The product key should be formatted like xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx - five sets of five letters and numbers.
Write this key code down exactly as the key finder program displays it to you for use when reinstalling Microsoft Office 2003.
Note: If even one character is written down incorrectly, the installation of Microsoft Office 2003 that you attempt with this product key will fail. Be sure to transcribe the key exactly.