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Extend the Activation Period for Your Microsoft Office 2010 Trial Image File

Here's a clever way to extend your Office 2010 trial period, and it's completely legal!

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    Along with the decision to deploy Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9, many organizations wonder if the time is right for the latest version of Microsoft Office--namely, Office 2010.

    Microsoft, of course, offers a 30-day trial of the suite, which should be ample time to decide if the software is a good fit. However, if you use a single copy of the software as part of your deployment, the "activation clock" continues to wind down while you prepare your image file. Depending on how much time elapses, your users might end up looking at an "It's time to activate!" message before they even get a chance to try Office 2010. Not good.

    Fortunately, there's an easy (and legal) workaround built right into the trial. It's called "rearming," which means resetting the activation clock for another 30 days. And you can do so five times, for a grand total of 180 days' worth of trial goodness.

    To get started, just open this folder: "%installdir%\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Microsoft Shared\\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform" Then, find and run ospprearm.exe. And that's all there is to it. (Another option: download the Office 2010 Trial Extender, which saves you having to hunt for the executable.)

    Do you have any deployment and/or Office tricks of your own to share? Wow me with your expertise in the comments!

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