"Your beta software has expired" error message when you start an Office 2003 program

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When you try to start one of the Microsoft Office 2003 programs, you receive the following message:
Your beta software has expired. Please upgrade or use the Add or Remove Programs utility under Control Panel to remove the software from your computer.


This behavior occurs because Microsoft Office 2003 Beta 2 has expired. Microsoft Office 2003 Beta 2 expires on the following dates:
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Beta 2: November 30, 2003
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Beta 2 Refresh: January 31, 2004


To resolve this behavior, use one of the following methods:
  • Upgrade to the released version of Microsoft Office 2003. For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
  • Remove Microsoft Office 2003 Beta 2 from your computer. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    2. Click Add or Remove Programs.
    3. Click Change or Remove Programs.
    4. In the Currently installed programs list, click your installed version of Microsoft Office 2003, and then click Remove.
    5. When you are prompted with the question of whether you want to remove Office, click Yes.


Article ID: 818784 - Last Review: February 10, 2006 - Revision: 2.7
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