Microsoft Offers Free Starter Edition for PC’s or Portable USB Key Installations

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mclancer

"404 - File or directory not found."

Dam, found out too late. Sounds like I didn't miss much...

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Neufeldt2002

Tried this, and it is ad supported, but the most annoying thing it did on my PC is add a partition labelled Q that was 0MB in size. After uninstalling it the Q partition is gone. I think I will stick with Libre Office as it is full featured and free, no ads.

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Hondoe1950

I pretty adept with PCs, but I tried installing this and then repairing it on my 64bit Windows 7 PC and could not get it to run. No desktop icon, no obvious .EXE to run, nada.

Obviously, something is non-functional during the installation.

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livebriand

The way it runs is completely obscure, probably to prevent copying of it and such. Look in the Start menu, Office 2010 Starter.

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livebriand

Apprantly there's a offline way to do this: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/21441-Office-2010-Starter

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ShyLinuxGuy

Kind of OT: I think it's so funny when colleges and universities say you need to have Microsoft Office for coursework. So far, I'm getting by with LibreOffice and no one knows the difference. Personally, I prefer LibreOffice/OpenOffice to Microsoft Office, versions 2007 and 2010.

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warptek2010

Wow. Took em only 20 years or so. But stripped down versions??? How generous. LibreOffice is fully featured last time I looked and free!

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livebriand

It doesn't work as well with MS Office documents though, and I prefer 2010's interface. I certainly think Office Starter for free is a good idea, better than nothing. It ought to stop quite a few people who would otherwise pirate, thus helping to reduce malware. I'm testing it out in a vm right now (currently paid for 2010 anyway). Maybe the thumb drive part will come in handy.

Edit: Worked perfectly! (In a Vista 64-bit VM) I'm going to try loading in onto a thumb drive now.

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arch20002013

Il stick with OpenOffice myself.  Never have had any problems with it.  Opens all the files that I have encountered and works great for creating them.  Best part, its full featured and FREE!!!

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neo_mouse

you should switch over to http://www.libreoffice.org/ the whole dev team from openoffice left to start libre

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dwood18

Could not get it to install in WIN XP said only for WIN Vista sp1

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mhouston100

Does anyone have any furthur information on licensing with this? or the link to the Microsoft article on this?  I can find no other information for Microsoft directly.

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richeemxx

It is meant for OEMs only, and technically isn't supposed to be available for anyone else. I'm guessing someone stumbled on this link and posted it. There isn't much in terms of actual licensing other than that. Since it was supposed to me an OEM only type thing you don't need a key to install it.

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MikeUter

Word of warning, it has a massive side bar with advertisements.

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livebriand

Surely you can add something to your hosts file to remove them...

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ftldelay

...and don't call me Shirley!  (I couldn't resist a Naked Gun reference here)

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Slurpy

You mean Airplane!, right?

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ftldelay

Dang it - you're right...

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