Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Installing from the Web with Click-to-Run
Click-to-Run offers other advantages over traditional online program delivery: You get
the most-up-to-date version of Office, and you don’t need to download or install patches
immediately following installation. Click-to-Run is ideal for installing Office on
computers that don’t have an optical drive, which is the case with many notebook and netbook
Click-to-Run is designed for use only with high-speed (download speeds greater than 1
Mbps) Internet connections. With slower connections, using virtualized Office while it’s
streaming to your computer is painfully slow—to the point that it’s completely
unusable. If you have dial-up or another type of slow connection, you should instead obtain
a complete installation file by selecting that option for download, if available. Better
yet, purchase an Office disc.
To install using Click-to-Run, after you complete the purchase click the Download Now
button. In the Security Warning dialog box that appears, click Save. Save the file to a folder
on your computer, and don’t change the file name. When the download of this small file
(under 2 MB) is complete, click Run to launch it, which installs and runs the Click-to-Run
service. Alternatively, click Close in the Download Complete dialog box, and then
doubleclick the desktop icon for the new file.
Because this file is downloaded from the Internet—the source of most viruses and other
malicious files—you’ll see a security warning asking if you want to run the file. After
confirming that the publisher is indeed Microsoft Corporation, click Run. Depending on your
User Account Control settings, you might also be asked if you want to allow the program to
make changes to your computer; click Yes.
You get an error message about drive Q
After launching the downloaded program file, you might see a message about setting
up Office on Q. Click-to-Run versions of Office require exclusive use of drive Q, a virtual
drive that the setup program creates. If your computer already has a drive Q—even if
it’s empty and unused—this error occurs.
The solution is to change the drive letter for your existing drive Q to another letter.
You’ll find instructions for doing that in Windows 7 at w7io.com/10207 . The steps for
changing a drive letter in Windows Vista or Windows XP are nearly the same once you
find your way into the Disk Management console. You can do this in any version of
Windows (including Windows 7) by right-clicking Computer (or My Computer) and
choosing Manage; you’ll find Disk Management under Storage.