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Windows 7: Office 2010 Starter, questions?


21 Sep 2010   #1

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Office 2010 Starter, questions?

Hi,

I went to install Office 2007 Home and Student on my new Windows 7 pro 64bit machine and it stalled almost 4/5 of the way through, giving me an error.

Checked error code, and it seems (I think) I need to uninstall the 2010 starter version on my machine before I can install another version (couldn't they have told me that at the beginning of the install). Instead of doing that I decided to activate and try the free, starter version.

Have I opened a can of worms? Can I update the starter version (with security updates, etc.) without being forced nto upgrading it to a pay version? ?

Probably what I should do - is uninstall it, and go back and install my 2007 version.

dp

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22 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yes, Starter can be updated & I think even upgraded later as I'm sure I read it has the full Office code built in but don't quote me on that.

Office Starter 2010 is free on new computers & is ad-supported.

It only contains Word & Excel with a few features stripped out from the full version like Home & Student.
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22 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Here are a couple of good reads on the limitations of the Office 2010 starter and also how to upgrade to full version.

Office Starter 2010 drops the crapware, adds ads | ZDNet

Free Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition and Office Web Apps
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22 Sep 2010   #4

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thank you for the replies.

I will read the articles. I actually don't want to upgrade the 2010 starter to the full 2010 - and pay.

If I need more capacity I will uninstall 'Starter' and install my own (already paid for) 2007 Office Home & Student.

I just don't want to get caught in a situation - where unwittingly - by just the "act" of - accepting an update, or clicking 'accept' to a page, that I OK to pay for 2010.

Some software vendors are bad that way - and I don't want to get caught (especially since I have my own paid for copy).

Thank you.

dp
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22 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tiger2 View Post
Thank you for the replies.

I will read the articles. I actually don't want to upgrade the 2010 starter to the full 2010 - and pay.

If I need more capacity I will uninstall 'Starter' and install my own (already paid for) 2007 Office Home & Student.

I just don't want to get caught in a situation - where unwittingly - by just the "act" of - accepting an update, or clicking 'accept' to a page, that I OK to pay for 2010.

Some software vendors are bad that way - and I don't want to get caught (especially since I have my own paid for copy).

Thank you.

dp
You cant...It needs a Product key card that you need to purchase from OEMs or retailers, the key inside that has to be entered to unlock full functionality.
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