Please help me move OneNote 2010 to another Windows 7 laptop
August 29, 2016 6:17 PM   Subscribe

My old laptop died a few months ago—fortunately, with enough warning to allow me to back up my files. However, I lost OneNote 2010 and OneNote 2016 hates me. (It's so mutual.) I have the old machine up and running, but I'm assuming I'm working on borrowed time. I googled the question, of course, and I'm reviewing the most promising returns, but I'm already feeling overwhelmed. I'm hoping someone out there can just tell me what to do.

OneNote came with the old laptop, so I do not have a disk. I understand that I can't simply copy the program files, i.e., that I would need the registry info and perhaps other secret files, too. As a last resort, I would be willing to clone* the old laptop and install everything on the machine I'm currently using (after backing up my existing files on my external hard drive), but this seems like overkill, when all I want is that one particular program.

*I know jack about cloning a hard drive. So, if this is my only option, please tell me how and/or point me to step-by-step instructions.
posted by she's not there to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)

eBay is going to be your best bet
. Just buy one from a reputable seller. You may be eligible for one of the academic discounted versions if you are a student/teacher/someone who doesn't concern themselves with such things as license agreements.
posted by noloveforned at 6:43 PM on August 29, 2016

If OneNote came with the old laptop, you have a legit key for it. You can use a program like Produkey to pull the Office key out of the registry. I believe Produkey will tell you what type of key it is, as well (Professional, Pro Plus, whatever their tiers are)?

Do you still have the restore partition that came with the laptop, or were there any disks (I know you said you don't have an Office disk)?
posted by getawaysticks at 6:46 PM on August 29, 2016

(Yes, eBay will probably be easier if you can find a good deal)
posted by getawaysticks at 6:46 PM on August 29, 2016

Response by poster: Disks lost in a move, unfortunately.

I'll buy if I must, but I am on a very tight budget.
posted by she's not there at 7:01 PM on August 29, 2016

btw- if you have anyone that is tied to a university (or even some high school/elementary schools) they can likely get an academic version office 2010 dirt cheap through i just checked and i can still purchase a copy of office 2010 for $10 through the university i work at.
posted by noloveforned at 9:26 PM on August 29, 2016

The full, standalone version of OneNote is free.

Look here:
posted by karizma at 10:33 PM on August 29, 2016

Response by poster: The free version is OneNote 2016, which I do not want/can't get to work, and is not actually a stand alone version.
posted by she's not there at 7:21 AM on August 30, 2016

It was standalone for me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
posted by karizma at 12:02 AM on August 31, 2016

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