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    Peterr2
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    Default MS Office Home + Student 2010

    Hello
    I have this on both laptop and desktop and it came preinstalled with separate keys(no discs).
    Whenever I have to install Office, I have to use the 64 bit version.
    I have tried the trial version and about 3 other ways of doing it but the 32 bit will not install.
    I called both MS and Dell and they gave me a link for the 64 bit version.
    Am I doing something wrong?
    It is unnerving to think there is one link to this product which may not be there when I need it or may not work when I need it such as Windows 8.1.
    Are there any work arounds to get this installed with the 32 bit version which is actually recommended?
    Thank you
    Peter
    PS I asked about this before but was told I was violating rules. I hope this is stated within the forums boundaries but if not, please tell me what is wrong.

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    Default Re: MS Office Home + Student 2010

    Is this a retail PC purchase. If so, and it came preinstalled on your device, it was the trial version that was installed. The bit version preinstalled is what corresponds to what bit version OS is installed. You would have to have purchased the Office suite separately once the trial version has expired.

    The 64 bit version is reportedly better/faster because of the 64 bit architecture.

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    Default Re: MS Office Home + Student 2010

    Back when Office 2010 was released, it was recommended to install the 32 bit version, for more than one reason. First, there were a lot more 32 bit computers still on the market at the time, so it was no big deal. Secondly, even today, there are still mixed 32 & 64 bit computers in some environments (both Home & Business), so the 32 bit is still recommended.

    Plus browser plugins is an issue. Only IE has a true 64 bit browser to date, others has launched then (Mozilla), but has never gained popularity with the masses. Not because there's no 64 bit Flash (IE & non-IE) & Java (there has been both for some time), it's just that at this time, few wants them. Performance wise, there's not enough difference between the two to switch, or we all would be doing so.

    Read on for more.

    64-bit editions of Office 2010

    This even remains the case with Office 2013, 32 bit being the recommended install.

    64-bit editions of Office 2013

    This will likely remain the case until MS decides to dump 32 bit development of OS's. Many in the industry felt that Windows 7 would be the last 32 bit OS offered, that the next would be 64 bit only (with a possible 128 bit version). However, it appears likely that 64 bit will serve us for generations to come.

    So, even if Windows 8 is the last 32 bit OS written, the recommended Office install will be 32 bit until at least the year 2022 (10 year post Windows 8 release). Hopefully, MS won't publish any more 32 bit OS's after this one, there's no need to be concerned about XP compatibility any longer, as life support ends for that OS & Office 2003 on 04/08/2014.

    In other words, it's MS's continual producing new 32 bit OS's with each release that's holding true progress (100% 64 bit apps) back. If the developers hands were tied by MS refusing to produce 32 bit OS's, they would then produce them & place 32 bit on the back burner. Note that some apps are now 64 bit ones, or depending on the OS installed, the installer contains the right one for the bit version of the computer. CCleaner is such an app.

    Also, if the computer has a 64 bit version of Trial Office installed (read the documents that I linked above), it must be uninstalled & rebooted before attempting to install the 32 bit version.

    Here is the links to the MS Home & Student (other links are on the page). The one that you need is the one under the right of the bold print "Direct downloads from Digital River of Trials (you need to have the Product Key already)", the link says "Office 2010 Home & Student x86".

    Office 2010 Home and Student Download Link - Microsoft Community

    The link will be in the First group of answers provided. These are legit, MS sanctioned links to their products, nothing to be concerned about as far as forum rules goes.

    Links that violates rules are those that are torrent ones & those from known bad sources (if you have doubts it's a legit link, it probably is a bad one). Digital River has been a MS partner for years with Office 2010 & Windows 7, personally I wished they were with Windows 8 & the Media Center distribution. Hopefully MS has learned a lesson from the two 3rd parties who handled those & return to Digital River to distribute future products.

    Cat
    Last edited by catilley1092; 08-04-2013 at 08:55 PM. Reason: corrected typo

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    Default Re: MS Office Home + Student 2010

    You all have certainly been very helpful and I appreciate it. I have read over your replies several times to ingest it properly.
    I do not have discs so I must have bought Office preloaded with a key and do understand about the 64 bit compatibility issue.
    I am pleased with it but it has been hard to find at times.
    I am keeping this one and thank you.
    Is it true I can only install it a limited number of times, like after formatting?
    Would I have been better off to have bought a disc as far as that goes or is that limited too?
    Thank you for your help
    Peter

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    Default Re: MS Office Home + Student 2010

    Yes indeed, Cat give some great advice there with the ISO's. I have quite the ISO library and it's saved my bacon a few times to say the least.

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    Default Re: MS Office Home + Student 2010

    Again, thank you very much for your helpful information.
    I think I am all set now.

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