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    Home Forums AskWoody support Microsoft Office by version Office 2010 and earlier for PC If I do not use MS Office 2010 should I remove it?

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     Berton 1 month, 1 week ago.

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    • #351244 Reply

      DWC121
      Subscriber

      I have never used Microsoft Office or Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer. I know Microsoft tightly integrates many of its products and the Windows environment together. Is there any reason why I need (or should) keep Microsoft Office 2010 or Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer on my Windows 7 Home Premium Computer?

       

      David

    • #351247 Reply

      PKCano
      Da Boss

      The Office products can be used to open Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. If you have another third-party product that does the same thing, you do not need Office 2010.

    • #351254 Reply

      Berton
      AskWoody_MVP

      I’d keep PowerPoint Viewer against the off chance someone sends you a slideshow, when I’ve installed it on clients’ computers the actual PowerPoint was not required or any other program within the Office suite.  It may no longer be available for download.  Another choice is the free LibreOffice and its presentation program.

      Before you wonder "Am I doing things right," ask "Am I doing the right things?"

    • #351272 Reply

      RetiredGeek
      AskWoody MVP

      David,

      You can safely remove it but before you do make sure you have a copy of your product key.

      That way if you should later decide that you need to reinstall it you have the key to activate it.

      HTH 😎

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

    • #351279 Reply

      OscarCP
      AskWoody Plus

      I also have Office 2010 in my Win 7 Pro x64 PC and, so far, it has been quite compatible, at least in my own experience, with Office 2016: one can open and even modify 2016 files (created in my Mac) with 2010, and the other way around. So, I think it is still useful and probably will remain useful for some time into the future, and intend to keep it after Win 7 reaches EOL in January.

      I have Linux Mint 19.1 in dual boot with Win 7 and LibreOffice installed on the Mint side. So far I have tested it by opening and editing PowerPoint files created with Office 2010 and Office 2016, and this has worked OK. Not very demanding work, but of the same kind of what I need to do for real. I’ll guess that LibreOffice for Windows might be about the same, but there may be other people here that have actual hands-on experience using it with Win 7 and can comment about that. LibreOffice, both for Windows and for Linux, is for free.

    • #355265 Reply

      Lugh
      AskWoody_MVP

      I have never used … Is there any reason why I need (or should) keep Microsoft Office 2010 or Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer on my Windows 7 Home Premium Computer?

      No, no reason if you don’t see yourself using them in the future.

      I advise uninstalling all programs you don’t use. Makes updates smaller, and reduces the small chance one of them might cause problems. Also reduces the size of your regular disk image.

      Store any product keys & purchase receipts, then it’s a simple thing to reinstall later if necessary.

      Lugh.
      ~
      Alienware Aurora R6; Win10 Home x64 1803; Office 365 x32
      i7-7700; GeForce GTX 1060; 16GB DDR4 2400; 2 x 256G SSD, 4TB HD

    • #363009 Reply

      DWC121
      Subscriber

      Thanks for all the replies. I’ve been using OpenOffice for ages (probably will start using LibreOffice soon) so I’ll remove MS Office and MS PowerPoint Viewer. Since MS integrates a lot of stuff with Windows, I didn’t want my OS to start crashing if it could not find an important file it needs especially when I do a Windows update.

      Speaking of updates (patching), I update sparingly and only when Woody says it looks safe to update. I’m very glad someone by the name of Woody is holding the flashlight as we wander through the MS cave of unknowns. And thanks to his helpers for carrying spare batteries for his flashlight 🙂  .

      David

    • #363351 Reply

      Berton
      AskWoody_MVP

      I have Linux Mint 19.1 in dual boot with Win 7 and LibreOffice installed on the Mint side. So far I have tested it by opening and editing PowerPoint files created with Office 2010 and Office 2016, and this has worked OK. Not very demanding work, but of the same kind of what I need to do for real. I’ll guess that LibreOffice for Windows might be about the same, but there may be other people here that have actual hands-on experience using it with Win 7 and can comment about that. LibreOffice, both for Windows and for Linux, is for free.

      I have LibreOffice on a Linux Mint Notebook and Desktop plus all my Windows computers, it came with Linux Mint [and most Linux LiveDVD .iso], not having any problems.  The only things that aren’t compatible with/don’t have a similar app is Outlook E-Mail client and Publisher but both of those can be replaced by free/ly available third-party software.

      The VLC/VideoLAN multi-media program also comes with Linux and works fine on Windows.  That’s the nice part of cross-platform software and free is always great.

      Before you wonder "Am I doing things right," ask "Am I doing the right things?"

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