I have an existing laptop that is currently running on Windows 7, Starter,
Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Office Suite 2010. I recently bought a new laptop
that runs on Windows 7 Premium but without Microsoft Office 2010. Is it
possible to transfer the product key/license agreement from the old laptop to
the new one for Office 2010?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #97 I look at the possibility of moving software from one
computer to another. It’s best to have the installation media.
Moving Office to a new computer
The short answer is sure – as long as you have the original installation media for Microsoft Office. You can simply install it on the new machine using the product key that came with it – and then basically uninstall it on the old one.
That keeps you legal, and keeps you ethical, and gets you Office 2010 on the other computer.
“Moving” the program
If you don’t have installation media then things get a little weird. There may be software out there; tools like PCMover, that might be able to actually move the installation from one PC to another – but I don’t know.
I don’t have a lot of experience with them. They’re not something that I typically recommend because, usually. installing software from scratch is by far the most stable, the most reliable way to do it.
So, start with your installation media for Office 2010 and install it on the new machine and you should be fine.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)