Originally Posted by jillsy
I bought my 2003 Office from eDirect Software and I'm aware they have since been shut down and sued by MS. I knew I was taking a chance at the time, but I got a really good price and have gotten 2 years out of the software. I just don't get how I could have activated in the first place if my copy was bad. It's scary how MS does things. I had to re-activate Vista by telephone just because I removed a driver. They're so rich; why do they have to be so paranoid and stingy?
Anyway, if anyone has any advice on what I should do, I'd really be grateful for it.
Well you can't blame Microsoft because they don't like people stealing their stuff. Usually a Enterprise product key is inactivated when it shows up on Warez sites or it is discovered to be used improperly. With Enterprise software they generally just provide one set of a media and one product key. They are required when they sell it (actually they aren't supposed to sell Enterprise in the way that they were) to take out a pay for a license. I suspect that they were selling it without taking out a license. So they apparently discovered that the copy was bad and then deactivated the key.
Microsoft will probably be able to get you reactivated at a nominal charge if you call them.