Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Upgrading from Office 2010 Starter Edition
When the Click-to-Run download is complete, a pop-up notification appears.
A Click-to-Run Office installation is not the same as one installed from retail media.
Although you no longer need an Internet connection to run Office after the download
is complete, it periodically uses your Internet connection to check for updates and
download them. Moreover, Office continues to run in a virtualized version. As part of
the virtualization process, Office uses a virtualized drive Q, which you can see if you
open Computer in Windows Explorer. You don’t need to (in fact, you shouldn’t) access
this drive directly, but in case you start wondering what it is and where it came from—
now you know.
Upgrading from Office 2010 Starter Edition
Many computers sold through retail channels come with Office 2010 Starter edition
preinstalled. This edition contains only Word Starter 2010 and Excel Starter 2010, feature-limited
versions of Word and Excel. A computer with Office Starter edition also has on its hard drive
all the files needed to upgrade to a full version of Office—one that not only unlocks the
additional features of Word and Excel but also includes OneNote, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
In the past, new computers often included Microsoft Works as a low-end
productivity suite. Office 2010 Starter edition replaces Microsoft Works in this role, and it offers
some distinct advantages. Because Starter is a subset of the full Office editions,
everything you learn about Office Starter applies to Office as well, so there’s no extra
training or difficult transition needed after you upgrade. Furthermore, Office Starter creates
and edits documents using standard Word and Excel file formats, so all your documents
continue to work seamlessly after the upgrade without requiring any conversion.
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