Alright, I promised I'd report back what happened.
It works!!! I simply copied EVERYTHING on the Office Home & Student 2007 DVD (I made sure I was showing "hidden files/folders") to my Kingston 8GB flash drive on my desktop PC that has a DVD drive. Here's what the USB flash drive looked like on the netbook:
And just to be sure, I opened a program and checked it:
Thanks everyone for your replies. I'm happy to say that simply copying content from the Office DVD to a flash drive then running setup.exe works perfectly for installing Office.
Any keys from the software that is no longer supported, if the software was never activated. It is blacklisted, to keep people from activating unsupported software.
It has been that way since XP came out.
Will Microsoft turn off the Windows XP activations servers after official support ends in April 2014? | WindowsObserver.com
That would indicate that new activations are still available.This is the reply I got back from a Microsoft spokesperson:
After XP End Of Support, Windows XP will remain on MSDN and TechNet for customers who still need to activate and re-activate XP (there aren’t new retail copies). We don’t have a date to share around when activation will be shut off, but it will be on for the foreseeable future.
Anyway - all we have are posts on the internet, until someone actually tries it - and then it's really just taking their word for it when they post their results on the internet as well.
Win10 goes with Office 2016