Unlock PDF file



How to unlock a secured/protected PDF file so you can copy and paste or print from it

Option 1 : Ghostscript

Download portable Ghostscript from PortableApps.com :

Install Ghostscript.

  • NOTE: it does not really “install”. It just writes files to a particular folder.
  • TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLDER! You may also change its location and name if you like.
  • We will enter this foldername later.

Start the Windows program Notepad

Copy and paste the following text

  • You will have to CHANGE the names of the input and output files after you paste into Notepad.
  • (You might have to scroll right to see/get/copy all of this)
    gswin32c -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile="OUTPUT PDF" "INPUT PDF"
    pause
        
  • INPUT PDF – this is the full path name to the file you want to unlock by converting
  • OUTPUT PDF – this is the full path name to the new file you want to create (the filename should not exist yet–but the folder should)
  • Example 1 of possible INPUT and OUTPUT PDF files:
    • INPUT: C:\users\johndoe\Downloads\some_file.pdf
    • OUTPUT: C:\users\johndoe\Downloads\some_file_unlocked.pdf
  • Example 2 possible of INPUT and OUTPUT PDF files:
    • INPUT: "C:\users\johndoe\Desktop\another file.pdf"
    • OUTPUT: "C:\users\johndoe\Desktop\another file unlocked.pdf"
  • If the folder path or file name contains spaces, the filename must be in “double quotes” (otherwise the quotes are optional)

Save the file as convert_pdf.bat in the bin sub-folder within the folder where you “installed” Ghostscript

  • Example save location: C:\user\johndoe\Downloads\CommonFiles\Ghostscript\bin\

Navigate to that bin sub-folder and double-click convert_pdf.bat to run it.

  • It should create an unlocked version of your file for you.

Option 2 : Upload to google drive (docs)

Then cut-n-paste from within google drive.

Option 3 : Upload to free zoho docs.

Then cut-n-paste from within zoho docs.

How to show Full Headers of an email message



You occasionally need to show full headers to debug spam or some malware attacks.

Unfortunately, the method to do this varies in every email program.

Here are some examples:

GMAIL (these things keep changing)

reply drop-down has “show original”

OUTLOOK: (these things keep changing)

message right-click has “options”

References:

spamcop

has several examples of email programs, as does

fraudaid

of all places

Updating Quickbooks



Every couple years, you need to update Intuit’s Quickbooks.

Quick Summary of how-to:

  • make backup using old version
  • install new version
  • move file local to new version (if normally on net share; they’re picking about net access)
  • Let new version convert (will also make a backup)
  • move file back o net location (if normally on net share)

Some key quotes from Intuit Quickbooks support:

When you open your company file in a newer version, QuickBooks asks if you want to update or convert the QuickBooks company file.
Company file compatibility between QuickBooks versions

So, generally Quickbooks handles the compnay file conversion for us.

Before updating or converting a company file, QuickBooks requires you to make a backup of the existing file in case you need to revert back to this file and or to the older version of QuickBooks. We recommend saving this file in a safe location with a name that is recognizable as the pre-conversion backup, for example: John Smith Car Repair - QB2010.QBB. For more information see Update (convert) your company file to a newer version of QuickBooks
Company file compatibility between QuickBooks versions

QB will make the backup for you, but, make one yourself before installing the new version. I concur the backup file should be named to indicate it was pre-NEW VESION.

If you update or convert a company file, enter transactions in the converted file, and then decide to revert back to the old version and old backup file, you will need to be manually re-enter those transactions. There is no way to export the newer transactions into the older file or to merge these files using QuickBooks. Additional solutions may be available at Marketplace.Intuit.com.
Company file compatibility between QuickBooks versions

That’s something to keep in mind.

Do not update over a network.

Be sure the company data file is stored on the same computer you are using to update it. You might need to copy the file from another computer, and then copy it back after you finish updating it.
Update (convert) your company file to a newer version of QuickBooks

With the normal operation of Quickbooks, the network is only a problem if two ppl access simultaneously. Cuz it is not syncing. Or just file syncing which can fail over a network. In this case my guess is they’re just concerned about network dropping out during the company file conversion.

References

How to get the Flash version update notification pop-up window to appear at will, manually



Adobe will prompt you from time to time when a new update to Flash Player is available. When that happens, you should not simply click DOWNLOAD. There’s a better way to get Flash Updates

But, what if, for whatever reason you want to manually make the flash update notifcation pop-up window appear, at will, whenever you want?

It’s a hard search on Google. I only found 2 hits:

  1. Force Manual Update Adobe Flash Player Windows on guidingtech.com
  2. How do I trigger a Flash Player update? in the Adobe Forums (i actually provided the response on this one; same as i included here, below)

My Answer:

In Windows 7,

Start -> type “cmd” into the search box (without the quotes)

Windows should find a program named cmd

Click on it to start command prompt.

A black text window should appear, with a prompt and cursor, like the one below.

cmd_window

At the prompt you want to run the FlashUtil program with the -update plugin argument but the problem is that

  1. The version number changes with each update, and
  2. Over time, adobe changes where in the file system it stores this file

So, you will probably have to search for a similar program. Once you find it, replace mine below with the program you found, and the path you found it in.

The following command works today on my system. As you can see i’m currently on version 14.0.0.145 (I will be upgrading to version 16.0.0.235 today.)

C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_14_0_0_145_plugin.exe -update plugin

Running this command (with the right FlashUtil exe file, once you find it) produces the familiar flash update notification window popup, which looks like this (for the v16.0.0.235 update):

flash_update_notification_window
[This specific example is for the v16.0.0.235 update]

.

Now i would NOT click DOWNLOAD, that’s not the best way to get Flash Updates

RemoteUtilities agent.exe download problem in Mozilla Firefox : false-positive malware detection



RemoteUtilities is my favorite remote access software.

But there was a problem while downloading its “Agent“.

I debugged that problem and posted a workaround on their forum. I’ve quoted it below:

Downloading agent.exe in Firefox results in: blocked may contain a virus or spyware
john kumpf
Posts: 5
Joined: 11/03/2014

12/03/2014 20:35:55

Firefox silently did not download agent.exe file from http://www.remoteutilities.com/download/

The link to the file was: http://www.remoteutilities.com/download/agent.exe

I had to do “Show all downloads” to see this error message.

The error message was:

Quote
Blocked: may contain a virus or spyware

I worked around this problem by reading this article:

http://www.ghacks.net/2014/11/19/bypass-firefoxs-blocked-may-contain-a-virus-or-spyware-message/

What i did: in firefox

Type “about:config” in address bar (without the quotes); hit return.
Click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.
Type “safe” into the search box (without the quotes).
Double click the item “browser.safebrowsing.malware.enabled” to turn it from true to false.

Then i was able to download the agent.exe program.

Remote Access / LogIn Comparisons



Reference: Comparison of remote desktop software at Wikipedia

name price price per remote host (in office) price per local host (in home / vacation) price per username login price per simultaneous session windows server special price includes what updates? + mobile ios local mobile ios remote mobile android local mobile android remote + remote maint spontan support unattended computers online meetings / presentations / training sessions editing collaboration bidirectional sharing + remote printing clipboard file transfer file transfer from mapped drives picture transfer (they are large) video transfer (they are large) + share files from pc w/ others audio multiple remote monitor support log in as administrator / windows system service encryption uses THEIR server (security / privacy concern) thru firewall / NAT (works behind router) + remote install required? remote removed after session local install required / optional / not available local in browser InternetExplorer (IE) FireFox Chrome + hd quality available remote reboot remote reboot – UNATTENDED reboot and reconnect safe mode UAC ability to remote install any program Keyboard locking Screen blanking + Notes
TeamViewer free free n/a n/a ? ? ? ? TeamViewer free ? ? ? ? TeamViewer free ? ? ? ? ? ? TeamViewer free yes ? yes ? ? ? TeamViewer free ? ? ? yes yes yes TeamViewer free ? ? ? ? ? ? ? TeamViewer free ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? TeamViewer free ?
TeamViewer commercial $1166 = $749 + $139 * 3 addl loc ? free ? $139 ? ? ? w/in main ver forever TeamViewer com ? ? ? ? TeamViewer com yes yes yes yes yes ? TeamViewer com yes ? yes ? ? ? TeamViewer com ? ? ? yes yes yes TeamViewer com ? ? ? ? ? ? ? TeamViewer com yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? TeamViewer com ?
name price price / remote price / local pri / usr logi price / simul win srv special price includes? + ios loc ios rem android loc android rem + remote maintenance spontaneous support unattended computers online mtg / pres / train editing collaboration bidir shar + remote printing clipboard file transfer file xfer mapd picture transfer video transfer + share files w/ oth audio multi mon admin login sys srvc encryption uses THEIR server thru FW / NAT + rem inst reqd rem rem loc inst reqd browser IE FireFox Chrome + hd rem reb rem reb unat reboot reconnect safe mode UAC rem inst any pgm kbd lck Scrn blank + Notes
logmein pro w/o central (refs) $300/yr for 6 $99/2/yr $249/5/yr $449/10/yr free ONLY 1 USERNAME ? no ? logmein pro yes ? yes ? logmein pro ? ? yes installs as sys srvc ? ? ? logmein pro yes yes yes ? yes yes logmein pro ? yes ? ssl established thru their server; then direct http logmein pro full no logmein rmt ctrl client pro limited web inteface yes (limited) yes (limited) yes (limited) logmein pro yes yes yes yes yes ? yes ? ? logmein pro ?
logmein central w/basic only ? 299/year ? 0-100 included free free free no ? logmein central basic yes in free ? yes in free ? logmein central basic ? ? yes installs as sys srvc ? ? ? logmein central basic no yes no ? no no logmein central basic ? no ? ssl established thru their server; then direct http logmein central basic full no logmein client rmt ctrl basic ? ? ? ? logmein central basic yes yes yes yes yes ? yes ? ? logmein central basic ?
logmein central w/ pro, console completely web based; with instl app rem ctrl $299 + 6 * $50 = $600 $50 free free free no ? logmein central pro yes in free ? yes in free ? logmein central pro ? ? yes installs as sys srvc ? ? ? logmein central pro yes yes yes ? yes yes logmein central pro ? yes ? ssl established thru their server; then direct http logmein central pro full no logmein rmt ctrl client pro ? ? ? ? logmein central pro yes yes yes yes yes ? yes ? ? logmein central pro ?
logmein rescue (refs) $1188 / yr (+ $768 mobile) free free $1188 / yr 10 max included no 1yr maint only logmein rescue no yes $768 ? no yes $768 ? logmein rescue ? ? yes applet starts a sys srvc ? ? yes logmein rescue no yes yes ? yes yes logmein rescue ? no yes ssl established thru their server; then direct http logmein rescue lightweight applet w/ sys srvc opt yes yes ? yes (addon) ? yes yes yes logmein rescue yes yes yes yes w/ sys srvc yes w/ sys srvc ? yes ? ? logmein rescue ?
RemotelyAnywhere by logmein (refs) $700 = 5*99 + 199 $99 free (web) ? ? $199 (includes ws) 1year maint only RemotelyAnywhere by logmein pc-based-only yes pc-based-only yes RemotelyAnywhere by logmein yes yes ? ? ? ? RemotelyAnywhere by logmein ? ? ? ? ? ? RemotelyAnywhere by logmein ? ? ? ? not typically manual RemotelyAnywhere by logmein ? ? no yes yes yes yes (v11) RemotelyAnywhere by logmein yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? RemotelyAnywhere by logmein ?
join.me by logmein free free free ? ? free free join.me by logmein ? ? ? ? join.me by logmein ? ? NO ? ? ? join.me by logmein ? ? ? ? ? ? join.me by logmein ? ? ? ? ? ? join.me by logmein ? ? ? ? ? ? ? join.me by logmein yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? join.me by logmein ?
name price price / remote price / local pri / usr logi price / simul win srv special price includes? + ios loc ios rem android loc android rem + remote maintenance spontaneous support unattended computers online mtg / pres / train editing collaboration bidir shar + remote printing clipboard file transfer file xfer mapd picture transfer video transfer + share files w/ oth audio multi mon admin login sys srvc encryption uses THEIR server thru FW / NAT + rem inst reqd rem rem loc inst reqd browser IE FireFox Chrome + hd rem reb rem reb unat reboot reconnect safe mode UAC rem inst any pgm kbd lck Scrn blank + Notes
citrix GoToMyPc (refs) $613.90 / yr or $61.70 / mo for 6 rmt PCs $10.28 / rem @ 6 free? ? ? ? ? GoToMyPc yes ? yes ? GoToMyPc ? ? yes ? ? ? GoToMyPc yes yes yes ? ? ? GoToMyPc ? ? ? yes ? ? GoToMyPc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? GoToMyPc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? yes yes GoToMyPc ?
citrix GoToAssist (refs) $69 / mo = $828 / yr free unlim ? ? ? ? ? GoToAssist yes yes unclear yes yes unclear GoToAssist ? ? yes ? ? ? yes GoToAssist ? ? yes ? ? ? GoToAssist ? ? yes yes yes yes GoToAssist no “pre” ? ? ? ? ? ? GoToAssist ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? GoToAssist notes ?
cicso webex support center (refs) $99 / mo = $1200 / yr free ? ? 5 ? ? webex supt ctr ? ? ? ? webex supt ctr ? ? no ? ? ? ? webex supt ctr yes ? yes ? ? ? webex supt ctr ? ? ? yes yes ? http/s webex supt ctr no n/a no yes ? ? ? webex supt ctr ? yes ? yes yes ? ? ? ? webex supt ctr notes ?
cicso webex support center w/ remote access (refs) $99 / mo = $1200 / yr + 6 * $60 = $2400 $60 / yr ? ? ? unclear ? webex SC w/ rmt acc ? ? ? ? webex SC w/ rmt acc ? ? yes ? ? ? webex SC w/ rmt acc yes ? yes ? ? ? webex SC w/ rmt acc ? ? ? yes yes ? yes webex SC w/ rmt acc no ? no ? ? ? ? webex SC w/ rmt acc ? yes ? yes ? ? ? ? ? webex SC w/ rmt acc notes ?
name price price / remote price / local pri / usr logi price / simul win srv special price includes? + ios loc ios rem android loc android rem + remote maintenance spontaneous support unattended computers online mtg / pres / train editing collaboration bidir shar + remote printing clipboard file transfer file xfer mapd picture transfer video transfer + share files w/ oth audio multi mon admin login sys srvc encryption uses THEIR server thru FW / NAT + rem inst reqd rem rem loc inst reqd browser IE FireFox Chrome + hd rem reb rem reb unat reboot reconnect safe mode UAC rem inst any pgm kbd lck Scrn blank + Notes
UltraVNC ? ? ? ? ? ? ? UltraVNC ? ? ? ? UltraVNC ? ? yes ? ? ? UltraVNC ? ? ? ? ? ? UltraVNC ? ? ? ? no 1 yes, 2 ? UltraVNC ? ? ? ? ? ? ? UltraVNC ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? UltraVNC ?
RealVNC free free free free ? ? no unlim free upd to free ver RealVNC free ? ? ? ? RealVNC free ? ? yes ? ? ? RealVNC free yes yes yes ? ? ? RealVNC free with other simultaneously connected no ? no no 1 yes, 2 ? RealVNC free ? ? ? ? ? ? ? RealVNC free ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? RealVNC free ?
RealVNC personal $180 = 6 * 30 30 free ? ? yes ∞, upds 1 yr RealVNC personal yes ? yes ? RealVNC personal ? ? yes ? ? ? RealVNC personal yes yes yes ? yes yes RealVNC personal with other simultaneously connected no ? yes no 1 yes, 2 ? RealVNC personal yes no yes no n/a n/a n/a RealVNC personal ? yes ? yes ? yes ? ? ? yes ? ? RealVNC personal ?
TightVNC
TurboVNC
name price price / remote price / local pri / usr logi price / simul win srv special price includes? + ios loc ios rem android loc android rem + remote maintenance spontaneous support unattended computers online mtg / pres / train editing collaboration bidir shar + remote printing clipboard file transfer file xfer mapd picture transfer video transfer + share files w/ oth audio multi mon admin login sys srvc encryption uses THEIR server thru FW / NAT + rem inst reqd rem rem loc inst reqd browser IE FireFox Chrome + hd rem reb rem reb unat reboot reconnect safe mode UAC rem inst any pgm kbd lck Scrn blank + Notes
splashtop ? personal free up to 5 PCs; $60/yser free, unlm ? $60 ? no ? Splashtop yes yes yes yes Splashtop ? ? ? ? ? ? Splashtop ? ? no no no no Splashtop ? ? ? ? ? ? Splashtop ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Splashtop yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Splashtop ?
remotepc $49.75 / yr / 10 PCs ? ? free free free ? no ? Remotepc yes ? yes ? Remotepc ? ? seems like it ? ? ? Remotepc yes ? yes yes ? ? Remotepc ? yes ? yes ? yes Remotepc yes no yes yes ? ? ? Remotepc ? think yes seems like it maybe? ? ? ? ? ? Remotepc ?
remotepc helpdesk basic $14.95 / mo / 3 concur ? 100 free ? ? ? ? ? Remotepc helpdesk ? ? ? ? Remotepc helpdesk ? ? ? ? ? ? Remotepc helpdesk yes yes yes ? ? ? Remotepc helpdesk ? ? ? yes ? ? Remotepc helpdesk yes yes optional optional ? ? ? Remotepc helpdesk ? yes ? yes ? ? ? ? ? Remotepc helpdesk ?
remote utilities ? (refs) per rmt or per techn free <=10 $29.95 ? free $549 ? free unlim no major 1 yr + minor ∞ ? remote utilities yes ? yes ? remote utilities ? ? yes ? ? ? remote utilities yes yes yes no ? yes yes remote utilities ? ? ? yes ? ? remote utilities yes ? yes no ? ? ? remote utilities ? yes yes yes yes ? yes seems yes ? ? remote utilities ?
name price price / remote price / local pri / usr logi price / simul win srv special price includes? + ios loc ios rem android loc android rem + remote maintenance spontaneous support unattended computers online mtg / pres / train editing collaboration bidir shar + remote printing clipboard file transfer file xfer mapd picture transfer video transfer + share files w/ oth audio multi mon admin login sys srvc encryption uses THEIR server thru FW / NAT + rem inst reqd rem rem loc inst reqd browser IE FireFox Chrome + hd rem reb rem reb unat reboot reconnect safe mode UAC rem inst any pgm kbd lck Scrn blank + Notes
radmin ? not lower
BeAnywhere no price ?
crossloop gone ?
aeroadmin free free free free free seems like yes ? ? aeroadmin no no no no aeroadmin ? ? yes ? ? ? ? aeroadmin looks like no yes yes ? yes yes yes aeroadmin ? ? ? yes ? yes aeroadmin no dont think so no looks like no ? ? ? aeroadmin ? yes yes ? yes looks like no maybe not assume so ? ? aeroadmin ?
ammyy ? ? $66.90 * 10 = $669.00 ? $66.90 1-time ? 2 rem 4 loc ? all minor upg
Remote Graphics by HP linux only
name price price / remote price / local pri / usr logi price / simul win srv special price includes? + ios loc ios rem android loc android rem + remote maintenance spontaneous support unattended computers online mtg / pres / train editing collaboration bidir shar + remote printing clipboard file transfer file xfer mapd picture transfer video transfer + share files w/ oth audio multi mon admin login sys srvc encryption uses THEIR server thru FW / NAT + rem inst reqd rem rem loc inst reqd browser IE FireFox Chrome + hd rem reb rem reb unat reboot reconnect safe mode UAC rem inst any pgm kbd lck Scrn blank + Notes

Product Specific References

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iOS: Back up and restore your iOS device with…iTunes

(You can also do it with iCloud)

– You can use iTunes to back up and restore your content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Note that iTunes and iOS do not support installing backups of newer versions of iOS onto devices using earlier versions of iOS.

Back up

To back up the content on your iOS device, follow these steps:

  • Make sure your computer has the latest version of iTunes.
  • Connect your iOS device to your computer.
  • Choose File > Devices > Back up.
  • If you’re using iTunes 10.7 or earlier, right-click the device from the list and choose Backup Now.

    You can also back up by syncing your iOS device with your computer. When you use iTunes to sync, backing up is the first step.

    To verify that the backup finished successfully, open iTunes Preferences and select the Devices tab. You’ll see the name of the device along with the date and time iTunes created the backup.

    Your backup in Devices Preferences

    Restore from a backup

    If you have a new iOS device, or if you need to restore your device to resolve an issue, follow these steps:

  • Connect your iOS device to the computer that has your backup.
  • Make sure this computer has the latest version of iTunes.
  • Choose File > Devices > Restore from Back up.
  • If you’re using iTunes 10.7 or earlier, right-click the device from the list and choose Restore from Backup.

    via iOS: Back up and restore your iOS device with iCloud or iTunes.

Microsoft Office Purchase Options

Product Key Card (PKC) can only be installed on 1 computer. If you buy a new computer, you need to buy a new Product Key Card.

  • Retail versions can be installed on a new PC.
  • ( Retail Packaged Price ) / ( Product Key Price ) > ( 1 + Chance you’ll need to upgrade your PC) ==>> buy PKC
  • ( Retail Packaged Price ) / ( Product Key Price ) < ( 1 + Chance you’ll need to upgrade your PC) ==>> buy Retail
  • See More Below

Microsoft Office 2013 is optimized for Windows 8 and the Metro interface.

Microsoft Office 2010 and higher (NOT 2007) has 64bit version so doesnt need to run in 32-bit emulation in win 7 64bit

Microsoft Office 2007 was the first with the ribbon.

Microsoft Office 2007 was the first with .docx (open xml).

2007: basic home & student standard small busi pro pro plus
2010: personal home & student home & business standard pro pro plus
Outlook: [no ppt] no yes yes yes yes

Product Verson Price Vendor
Standard / Business
Microsoft Office Home & Business 2013 – Product Key, 32/64-Bit, – T5D-01575 Item#: M17-3298 2013 Busi $219.99 TigerDirect
Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 Product Key Card – 1 PC
Model #: T5D-01575
Item #: N82E16832416580
2013 Busi key $189.99 newegg
Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 Product Key Card
Model#: MSH&B2011 15413 upc: 0079936684545
2010 Busi Key In stores only ($199.99) walmart
Office 2010 Home and Business License Product Key Card (PKC) 1 PC
SKU: 1308085362
2010 Busi Key $248 BestBuy –
IT Wholesalers
MS Microsoft Office 2007 Standard Full Retail English Version =BRAND NEW BOX= 2007 Std media 5/31/2014: $199.95 Ended Ebay – soft_123
Microsoft Office Pro Professional 2007 MLK Full Version NEW & Sealed 2007 Pro Key 5/31/2014: $149.99 Ended Ebay – mygrummy
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional For 2 PCs Full Retail Version MS Pro 2010 Pro media 5/31/2014: $192.50 = $96.25 ea 39 bids 2.5d left Ebay – vaz_auctions
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional For 2 PCs Full Retail Version MS Pro 2010 Pro media 5/31/2014: $349.95 / 2 = $174.88 Ebay – vaz_auctions
Microsoft.Office.Professional.2010.Full version 2010 Pro Key 5/31/2014: $45.00 2/5 sold Ebay – hami_laur
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Full Retail Version (64/32Bit) Brand New 2010 Pro media 5/31/2014: $99.77 26 bids 1d left
6/01/2014: $126.32 28 bids 7h left
Ebay – hugo_todd
Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Key Card 1PC/1User [Old Version] by Microsoft Software – PC 2010 Pro Key New = $314.01; Open Box = $242.00 Amazon
Microsoft Office Professional 2010 [Old Version] by Microsoft Corp. – PC 2010 Pro media New = $220.00; Open Box = $175.00(brand new user; warning) or $200 Amazon
Microsoft Office Standard 2007 [OLD VERSION] by Microsoft Software – PC 2007 std media Price = $191.99; New = $159.00; Open Box = $69.99 Amazon
Microsoft Office Small Business 2007 FULL VERSION [Old Version] by Microsoft Software – PC 2007 sm busi media Price = $258.68; New = $200.00; Open Box = $162.99 Amazon
Student
Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 – Product Key, 32/64-Bit – 79G-03550 Item#: M17-3300 [no Outlook] 2013 Stud $139.99 TigerDirect
Office 2010 Home and Student Product Key Card (no media) Model #: 79G-02020 Item #: N82E16832116861 2010 Stud $99.99 newegg
Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student 3-User
Model #: 79G-02144
Item #: N82E16832116856
2010 Stud 3-user $289.99 ($96.66 / user) newegg
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 Product Key Card – 1 PC
Model #: 79G-03550
Item #: N82E16832416581
2013 Stud key $119.99 newegg
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 (1 PC – Product Key Card)
Model#: 79G-02020
2010 Stud Key $119.44 walmart
MS Microsoft Office Home & Student 2010 Family Pack For 3PCs x3 =Factory Sealed= 2010 Stud 3-user 5/31/3014: $122.50 = $40.83 /user 23 bids 4.5d left Ebay – shykaliguy


Product Key Card (PKC) can only be installed on 1 computer. If you buy a new computer, you need to buy a new Product Key Card.

  • Retail versions can be installed on a new PC.
  • PKC needs to be ~25% cheaper (~75% the cost) to be worth it if there is, say 50% risk of buying a new PC.
  • ( Retail Packaged Price ) = ( Product Key Price ) * ( 1 + Chance you’ll need to upgrade your PC)
  • ( Retail Packaged Price ) / ( Product Key Price ) = ( 1 + Chance you’ll need to upgrade your PC)
  • ( Retail Packaged Price ) / ( Product Key Price ) > ( 1 + Chance you’ll need to upgrade your PC) ==>> buy PKC
  • ( Retail Packaged Price ) / ( Product Key Price ) < ( 1 + Chance you’ll need to upgrade your PC) ==>> buy Retail
  • Eg:
    • Retail = $200
    • PKC Price = $150
    • Chance upgrade = 50%
    • 200 / 150 ?? 1 + .5 ==>> 1.3 < 1.5 ==>> buy Retail
  • Eg:
    • Retail = $200
    • PKC Price = $100
    • Chance upgrade = 75%
    • 200 / 100 ?? 1 + .75 ==>> 2 > 1.75 buy PKC
  • Eg:
    • Retail = $200
    • PKC Price = $175
    • Chance upgrade = 10%
    • 200 / 175 ?? 1 + .10 ==>> 1.14 > 1.1 buy PKC
  • Eg:
    • Retail = $200
    • PKC Price = $185
    • Chance upgrade = 10%
    • 200 / 185 ?? 1 + .10 ==>> 1.08 < 1.1 buy Retail