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How can I install MS Office on my computer if it has no CD or DVD drive?

How can I install MS Office on my computer if it has no CD or DVD drive?

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Ok, I know I’ve been lax at blogging lately and it might seem like this first blog post for a while is actually some kind of sales pitch…which might make you wonder if I’ve been turned into a salesman (no, I haven’t).

Actually I’m posting this because I’ve run up against this question a few times recently so thought it would be useful to share, and to hear any other views people may have.

So the question is: You have bought a netbook machine that doesn’t have an optical drive ie no CD drive or DVD drive. But you want to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, etc…how do you install it?

Well one obvious answer is to buy Microsoft Office from our online store, and you’ll have the option of downloading the product rather than having it shipped to you on CD.

Pretty simple. And no it isn’t really a sales pitch even if it does sound like one.

Now – does someone else have a better way of doing this? Assuming you want the best productivity software you can get ie Microsoft Office, and not some other product.

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  • I would use a second PC to create an ISO of the installation CD. Copy the ISO to the netbook. Download and run the 'Microsoft Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel' (http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/b/6/7b6abd84-7841-4978-96f5-bd58df02efa2/winxpvirtualcdcontrolpanel_21.exe). Mount the ISO and install.

  • If you have MSDN subscriptions and can download the Office iso file you can use a tool like Daemon Tools Lite (http://www.daemon-tools.cc) to mount and run the iso without a CD/DVD drive.

  • If you don't have MSDN subscription, and you have another PC with an optical drive, you could create a soft copy of the CD/DVD as an iso and then share it with your netbook over your home network, or put it onto a large enough USB drive?

  • Thanks Riko and Phil. These are great suggestions.

  • You are not helpful.  Go pay way too much money for office when you probably already have purchased the past 3 over-priced office suites.  You do sound like a salesman.

  • Hmm well thanks for your views, I'll certainly give them due consideration.

  • Why is windows software so expensive?  It and financial/legal software seem to be in a league of their own...

  • I already have a 3 user copy of office 2007 student / home version and have 2 licenses to go. So how can I download to my netbook one of these licenses and get service WITHOUT having to pay for the software all over again?????????

  • I've already bought office 7 on disk so it seems a bit unfair to have to pay almost as much as I paid for my notebook computer to buy it again when I would much rather uninstall it from my old pc and reinstall it on here. I'm an author and I use microsoft word to write my books, but I also bought this notebook computer so I could write books more easily... Couldn't you just allow customers with valid product keys to swap their box keys for one which is valid with a downloadable version, it seems a bit bizarre that they're incompatible anyway (but very microsoft).  I guess I'll have to commute to open office and tidy up my files on the old pc...

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