Many features of the product are unavailable

Friday 3 March 2006This is over 17 years old. Be careful.

I have a copy of Microsoft Office pre-installed on my laptop, but it is a trial version that expired a few days ago. When I launch a .doc file, I get a box that says (in part),

Your copy of Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003 trial has expired. In this state, many features of the product are unavailable until you convert to the full product.

To convert the product, blah blah.

If you do not want to convert to the full product, you may use the Add or Remove Programs Control Panel to remove the software from your computer.

Click Cancel if you do not want to convert at this time.

Seems to me that “many features are unavailable” is kind of an understatement. The one feature left available is uninstall!

Actually, it’s just a misleading dialog. If you click Cancel, Word opens the document.

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It's not as much of an understatement as you think. You can still open, view, and print all your documents. You just can't edit or save changes.

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