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Windows 7: Microsoft Office out of box helper

19 Jul 2011   #11

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

I would personally advise that you remove the existing version and install the version that came with the key you intend to use. Either way should work equally well but experience teaches that a totally fresh install is more stable over time.

as for the best method of removal either the built-in or the Revo method is viable though the built-in method may need some manual tweaking. Historically, the windows uninstaller is conservative in it's action, keeping any .DLL or registry entry that may be needed by other applications, Revo and other third are more aggressive so can do the job without the manual tweaks.

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19 Jul 2011   #12

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

Before you uninstall from your computer, please remember that Office Starter is an eminently usable edition, it'll also save you a license. If one does not need to create ppt presentations, the included word and excel are just fine for normal users, to view presentations the free ppt viewer can be downloaded and installed. The value of Starter also lies in the fact thats its not for sale in the market or available as a download, once you wipe it from the computer its gone.

So maybe you should assess your requirements before overwriting with your purchased edition, and if you do go ahead, make an image of your current windows install so starter can be available to you later.
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19 Jul 2011   #13

windows 7 home premium 64bit

Well guys, I was determined to go ahead and activate the trial version that came with my laptop, with the product key that I have purchased with Office Home & Student 2010 but after reading Barman and especially Bill's thread I think I will have to take a break and sleep on it for a couple of days.
I was planning on doing it the weekend any way.
I suppose this Office Starter is not free of charge!
Whichever decision I take I will let you guys know.
Thanks guys.
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26 Nov 2011   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium
RE: Whichever decision I take I will let you guys know.

July came and went some time ago and November will be gone soon. Since you never did let these guys know what you were going to do, I thought that I should make this post. After reading this thread, I decided to follow Irene's advice and choose the first option and enter my Microsoft® Office 2010 product key when requested. As far as I can tell, this worked for my (already installed) Microsoft® Office Home and Business 2010. Indeed, after choosing option number 1 (I already purchased Office 2010), the computer "recognized" Home and Business as the version of Microsoft® Office that was already installed on my computer. The computer asked me to select "Microsoft® Office Home and Business 2010" (there were no other options offered to me) and the computer then asked me to enter the Product Key for the already installed and activated Microsoft® Office Home and Business 2010. I complied and (to the best of my knowledge) this worked, as follows. There is no longer an icon pinned to the Start Menu that says "Microsoft® Office 2010" and there is now only one item listed in Programs and Features that reads Microsoft® Office 2010. Actually, the one that has disappeared was listed as "Microsoft® Office 2010" and the one that remains is listed as "Microsoft® Office Home and Business 2010". - And that is NO Bull from New Orleans!
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27 Nov 2011   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for your contribution, NOBullNO. Welcome to the forum!

Feedback is always gratefully received - it gives clarity to others seeking help with the same problem.
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02 Dec 2011   #16

windows 7 home premium 64bit

Hi guys, especially Irene and NOBullNO,
I am sorry for not getting back to you guys. Completely forgotten.
Well I did install MS Office Starter and it worked fine for a month or so and then all of a sudden it stopped working.
What I did was, I uninstall it and I did install MS Office Home and Student that I purchased some time ago.
I feel sorry I did not try Irene's method and just use the product key to activate the one that was installed on my laptop but the thing is I could not tell which version that one was.
Nevertheless I am satisfied now with the one I have on my laptop rightnow.
Thanks again guys.
You are very thoughtfull.
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03 Dec 2011   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for letting us know, pare. Good to see you again.
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