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System Requirements for Office 2010
INSIDE OUT Ease deployments with the Office Environment
Assessment Tool
If it’s your job to install Office 2010 on several computers, you’ll find the Office
Environment Assessment Tool to be useful for evaluating your needs. For each computer,
the tool detects which version and edition of Office is already installed (it recognizes
all versions going back to Microsoft Office 97), identifies any add-ins in use by Office
(you can use this information to determine if an Office 2010–compatible version is
available—or necessary), and points out potential upgrade problems. In addition, it
compiles a list of installed third-party programs that might be incompatible with Office
2010. You can download the Office Environment Assessment Tool at w7io.com/10201 .
System Requirements for Office 2010
In general, system requirements for the latest version of Office are nearly the same as those
for Office 2007, and they’re not much more rigorous than those for Office 2003. Most new
computers meet the requirements, and if your computer already has Office 2007 installed,
Office 2010 will almost certainly work satisfactorily. And if your computer runs Office 2003,
it might have enough muscle to handle Office 2010. The specific minimum hardware
requirements for Office 2010 are as follows:
256 MB memory
500 MHz processor
1.5–3.5 GB available disk space (depends on Office edition)
1024 × 768 resolution display
In addition, Microsoft suggests (but doesn’t require) the use of a graphics processor unit
(GPU) that’s separate from the CPU. One that’s DirectX 9.0 compliant and has at least 64 MB
of video memory speeds up graphics-rendering tasks, such as displaying charts in Excel or
playing video and performing slide transitions in PowerPoint. (PowerPoint in particular
benefits from GPU rendering.)
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