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How to Disable Office 2007 Activation

Updated April 17, 2017

Office 2007 is a suite developed by Microsoft that offers applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more. Like the previous editions, Office 2007 requires activation. It asks for an activation key that is provided with the packaging when you purchased the software. If you have lost the key, you can disable and bypass the activation process.

Close down all Office 2007 applications.

Navigate to the "Program Files" folder. It is typically located on the C drive under "Computer" (Windows Vista / Windows 7) or "My Computer" (Windows XP). Double-click on the "Common Files" folder.

Double-click on the "Microsoft" folder, and then on the "OFFICE 12" folder.

Double-click on the "Office Setup Controller" folder, and then on the "Proof.en" folder. Locate the "Proof.xml" file. Right-click on it, select "Open With..." and select "Notepad".

Locate the following commands in the Notepad file:

Replace "" with "", click on the "File" menu and select "Save".

Launch any Office 2007 application. It will not ask for activation.

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