How to Stop the Microsoft Office 2003 Activaton Wizard

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How to Stop the Microsoft Office 2003 Activaton Wizard
Activate your Microsoft Office 2003 installation to stop the Activation Wizard reminders. (laptop image by Jorge Figueiredo from Fotolia.com)

Due to its popularity and relatively high cost, the Microsoft Office suite of productivity applications has long been a software piracy target. To help limit its use to only licensed owners, Microsoft requires the entry of a unique 25-character product key during the set-up process. Once set-up completes, the user must also activate the Office installation to confirm ownership. The only legal way to stop the Activation Wizard from appearing when you open an Office program is to complete the activation process, either online or by phone.

Skill level:
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Instructions

    Activate Office 2003 over the phone

  1. 1

    Open any Microsoft Office 2003 program, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.

  2. 2

    Click "Help" in the top menu bar and select "Activate Product." Skip this step if the Activation Wizard launches automatically when you open the program.

  3. 3

    Select "I want to activate the software by telephone" and click "Next."

  4. 4

    Select your country or region from the corresponding list.

  5. 5

    Call the telephone number listed for your country or region. Provide your Installation ID number to the Microsoft customer service representative when prompted.

  6. 6

    Enter the Confirmation ID you receive from the representative in the corresponding fields and click "Next."

  7. 7

    Click "Close" after the activation process completes.

    Active Office 2003 online

  1. 1

    Open any Microsoft Office 2003 program, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.

  2. 2

    Click "Help" in the top menu bar and select "Activate Product." Skip this step if the Activation Wizard launches automatically when you open the program.

  3. 3

    Select "I want to activate the software over the internet" and click "Next." Office 2003 will automatically complete the activation process.

  4. 4

    Click "Close" after the activation process completes.

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