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(06-09-2014, 04:03 PM)ThatOtherGuy Wrote:
(06-09-2014, 03:04 PM)glfredrick Wrote:
(06-05-2014, 04:31 PM)ThatOtherGuy Wrote: Just be careful with a home version, I fell into this trap and when I wanted to install some software that was commercial grade ie business related that I wanted to be able to occasionally use at home it wouldn't work because of some incompatibility. Caveat Emptor. If the price difference is minimal and you can afford it, buy the best option always.

WIn 7 can be upgraded on the fly via the program itself with a simple download.
My system was XP at the time, must have been the crapulous home version because I wasn't able to upgrade it.

Win 7 cannot be upgraded over XP in any case. It is always a fresh install even if it is an upgrade package (the upgrade and the completely new software are one and the same, only the upgrade has a few extra helps to get the person doing the upgrade on the way to a successful install).

I NEVER install any Windows product over an earlier version. Fresh installs always make for the best experience. And yes, one CAN use the upgrade package for a totally fresh install (see above).
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I just upgrade my Win 8.1 laptop to Win 7 Pro. Of course it was a total reformat of the hard drive, but I am used to that. I found my copy of Win 7 Pro on ebay for a decent price. The place I used was recommended by several friends who are part of the same tech group I am in. IM me and I can give you the company's info. The sell a lot of "obsolete" software with the profits going to charities.

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Sleepster, you ever purchase a copy? If so, where did you get it?
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I haven't bought it yet. I'm waiting to see if it'll be worth it. First I need a decent battery so I'm not tethered by the power cord at all times, and a RAM upgrade.

Sidemicro has the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Pro for $72.

Homerec, did you get a better deal on ebay?
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(06-18-2014, 11:34 AM)Sleepster Wrote: I haven't bought it yet. I'm waiting to see if it'll be worth it. First I need a decent battery so I'm not tethered by the power cord at all times, and a RAM upgrade.

Sidemicro has the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Pro for $72.

Homerec, did you get a better deal on ebay?

Sleepster,

I paid a bit more (I think around 100) and it included the disk for service pack one. I saw a couple of cheaper versions that I didn't bite on - afraid they may not be licensed versions. The computer guy I help out recommended Project_Contact and I went with them. He sends me most of the Mac stuff he can't figure out.

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As far as I remember, the home version doesn't come with Microsoft Office, which I assumed was loaded. I ended up buying it and it was expensive. I wish I'd checked into Open Office or other free word processing programs available. Never thought of it. Also, outlook express isn't included. I don't use it so it was no big deal. DJ
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(06-23-2014, 10:35 AM)djjwilly Wrote: As far as I remember, the home version doesn't come with Microsoft Office, which I assumed was loaded. I ended up buying it and it was expensive. I wish I'd checked into Open Office or other free word processing programs available. Never thought of it. Also, outlook express isn't included. I don't use it so it was no big deal. DJ

No Windows OS comes with Office. Though sold by the same Microsoft, Office is a stand-alone program that adds into the OS.

Open Office works, but doesn't always dovetail smoothly to Office. If you don't have to share files that is no biggie. If you do, just spring for Office. It can be had rather inexpensively if you know someone who is in education. They give huge discounts for educational use.
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(06-24-2014, 08:08 AM)glfredrick Wrote:
(06-23-2014, 10:35 AM)djjwilly Wrote: As far as I remember, the home version doesn't come with Microsoft Office, which I assumed was loaded. I ended up buying it and it was expensive. I wish I'd checked into Open Office or other free word processing programs available. Never thought of it. Also, outlook express isn't included. I don't use it so it was no big deal. DJ

No Windows OS comes with Office. Though sold by the same Microsoft, Office is a stand-alone program that adds into the OS.

Open Office works, but doesn't always dovetail smoothly to Office. If you don't have to share files that is no biggie. If you do, just spring for Office. It can be had rather inexpensively if you know someone who is in education. They give huge discounts for educational use.

If you are going to go with an open source version, go with Libre Office. It is the same folks who originally developed OpenOffice, but when Oracle bought the idea, they did not like the direction OpenOffice was going so the left and formed their own company. I think the latest version of LibreOffice is around 4.3 and is available for multiple platforms - Windoze, MAC, Linux. I have it installed on both my Mac and Windoze computers and use it for files the office won't open. I also have the 5 user Office 365 subscription that also gives me a full working version of Office on my iPad.
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(06-24-2014, 08:08 AM)glfredrick Wrote: If you do, just spring for Office. It can be had rather inexpensively if you know someone who is in education. They give huge discounts for educational use.

Costs $10 per computer. Micro$oft doesn't want educators getting used to other office suites on their home computers. They might start using them at work, poisoning the minds of students.

I think Windows does come with a watered-down version of MS Office, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's only on the "Home" version. It's the same marketing strategy.


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(06-24-2014, 09:30 PM)Sleepster Wrote:
(06-24-2014, 08:08 AM)glfredrick Wrote: If you do, just spring for Office. It can be had rather inexpensively if you know someone who is in education. They give huge discounts for educational use.

Costs $10 per computer. Micro$oft doesn't want educators getting used to other office suites on their home computers. They might start using them at work, poisoning the minds of students.

I think Windows does come with a watered-down version of MS Office, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's only on the "Home" version. It's the same marketing strategy.

Of course it is marketing...

But, what are the alternatives? Please tell me what works as good as Office!


And, again, OFFICE is a stand alone program. It does not come bundled with the Operating System, which Win 7, 8, XP, etc., all are.

Here is a link to Office 365, the 2013 version of Office.
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Here are the system requirements to run Office 2013:

Quote:System Requirements:

Required Processor - 1 gigahertz (Ghz) or faster x86- or x64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set

Required Operating System - Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012

Required Memory - 3.0 GB available

Required Hard Disk Space - 3 GB available disk space

Required Display - Graphics hardware acceleration requires a DirectX10 graphics card and 1024 x 576 resolution

Required Software - .NET version 3.5, 4.0, or 4.5

Required Browser - Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10; Mozilla Firefox 10.x or a later version; Apple Safari 5; or Google Chrome 17.x

Additional System Requirements - Multi-touch: A touch-enabled device is required to use any multi-touch functionality. However, all features and functionality are always available by using a keyboard, mouse, or other standard or accessible input device. Note that new touch features are optimized for use with Windows 8.

Other System Requirements

Some functionality may vary, based on the system configuration. Some features may require additional or advanced hardware or server connectivity.


Note: System requirements are rounded up to the nearest 0.5 GB, to be conservative. For example, if we measure an application’s required hard disk space to be 1.99 GB, we recommend 2.5 GB of disk space. Our hard disk system requirements are intentionally larger than the actual disk space usage of the software.


A graphics processor helps increase the performance of certain features, such as drawing tables in Excel 2013 or transitions, animations, and video integration in PowerPoint 2013. Use of a graphics processor with Office 2013 requires a Microsoft DirectX 10-compliant graphics processor that has 64 MB of video memory. These processors were widely available in 2007. Most computers that are available today include a graphics processor that meets or exceeds this standard. However, if you not have a graphics processor, you can still run Office 2013.


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Oh, and I have EVERY major office-type software package installed on my home machine because I edit and format doctoral dissertations as a home business. I'm familiar with the ins and outs of most of the popular packages, some I have just because I have to translate between programs to make things work and I've never taken the time to really dig in, but again, which of the rivals even comes close to M$ Office for functionality, usability, and pure performance?






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