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I was given an iMac Leopard, unused, and when I try to pull ...

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I was given an unused, iMac Leopard,OS 10.4.11, and when I try to access Microsoft Word, a dialog box says that the version apparently installed on my computer when it was new (Office 2004) has expired. Does this mean I must buy Word software, or is a free upgrade available. Does either cause problems? I have seen complaints about Leopard upgrades. Thanks so much for your help. I need to "translate" Mac into Word in some of my work.   Joyce
Mac OS 10.4 is Tiger
Mac OS 10.5 is Leopard.

Mac OS X comes with a trial version of Office installed by Apple. It is probably what you are using and seeing as expired. If you want to use Word/Office, then yes, you must buy a copy of it.

If you buy a copy of Word, you should have no problems installing it. Just make sure it is compatible with your system.
http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/Office2008/system-requirements.mspx

Microsoft Office 2008 will work with 10.4.9 and Microsoft Office 2004 will work with 10.2.8.

The upgrade from 10.4 to 10.5 shouldn't be a problem. I think Apple has worked out the kinks by now. But the 10.4 to 10.5 upgrade is an upgrade you have to pay for.

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