Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 2: Installing and Updating Microsoft Office 2010
CHAPTER 2
Installing and Updating
Microsoft Office 2010
Choosing an Office Edition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Setting Up Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Customizing Your Office Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Validating and Activating Your Copy of Office . . . . . . . . 35
Keeping Office Up to Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Saving and Restoring Settings and Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Now it’s time to dive in: let’s get Microsoft Office 2010 set up and running on your
computer. With program delivery methods that are new to Office 2010,
installing Office is easier than ever before. Nonetheless, you need to be aware of
some gotchas in the purchase and setup processes. In this chapter we help you to select
an appropriate Office edition, install it properly, and configure it to ensure problem-free
performance.
Choosing an Office Edition
With five different Office 2010 editions available, selecting the best one for your purposes
might appear to be a difficult or confusing choice. In the earlier versions of Office, that was
certainly the case, given the scattershot collection of programs in each of the many
editions. One edition might have had all the programs you wanted except one, but invariably
it seemed the edition that included the missing program excluded another you wanted.
The lineup has been simplified in Office 2010, and, most significantly, each edition is a
superset of the next lower edition. In other words, as you can see in Table 2-1, there’s a
straight progression from each edition to the next, and clear differentiation between them.
CAUTION !
Microsoft does not offer an easy or inexpensive upgrade path that would, for example,
let you purchase Office Home and Business and then later upgrade to Office
Professional for the difference in price. (You can purchase Office programs individually, but
that turns out to be an expensive way to upgrade.) Therefore, you should evaluate your
requirements carefully and decide exactly which programs you need before you select
an Office edition.
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