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#1 Helen

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 11:42 AM

right. i've got this Celeron 330 running XP. i want my old computer back! i miss Access, Word and Excell! as i'm a plumbers wife and not a computer wizz i need to know if i can install these on my celeron? How? Cost? please help. :thumbsup: (vacant expression)
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Posted 29 May 2005 - 03:46 PM

Certainly you can install the Windows office programs you listed either individually or as a package.

Did you have Microsoft Office on your old computer? If you did, have the disc and do not use it on the other computer anymore you can install the copy of Microsoft Office you have on your XP computer.

If not you can buy various things that will accomplish what you want - from a basic student version of Office to a full blown pro version.

If you are buying software, make sure it is legitimate, licensed versions.

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 05:55 PM

Thanks for replying!

i'll go for the best i can afford. I run my partners business from home so i need Excell and Word but i miss my database most of all!

As for licensed software: Is it legitimate to buy used Office from Ebay?
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Posted 29 May 2005 - 08:14 PM

Helen: It certainly is. You can also buy from Amazon.com, new or used. I prefer to buy only the RETAIL versions of any software so that I can get support from the manufacturer of the product, if necessary.
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Posted 29 May 2005 - 10:22 PM

If you do buy it used - make sure you get all the Microsoft certification that came with it.

Again, if you already have it on a machine you no longer will use it on you can install it on your new one as long as you remove it from the old computer (to be absolutely legal).

You can also move the database (or just copy it) to your new computer. Win XP has a Files and Settings Transfer Wizard which can be used to do that.

Edited by Enthusiast, 29 May 2005 - 10:26 PM.


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Posted 29 May 2005 - 10:52 PM

A nice alternative to Office is Open Office, and it's free.
It's also compatible with MS Office.
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Posted 30 May 2005 - 09:05 AM

thankyou everyone. things are a bit clearer now.

whats this Open Office thing?
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Posted 30 May 2005 - 02:16 PM

Open Office is like Microsoft Office, combining word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program. It should be able to open and work on MS Office files. Unlike MS Office, it's free, it's Open Source. Like Linux, Open Source software is made by volunteers and can be revised and enhanced because the source code for the programs is readily available to individual programmers.

The Firefox browser is Open Source, as is Mozilla Thunderbird, both of which I use. If you go to the link provided by tg1911 and click on the tabs across the top, you can learn much more about the program. This is a good, free alternative to those who cannot or do not want to pay for products like MS Office.

If you want to download and try it, use the 'latest stable release 1.1.4' and once it's installed, you can add the Security Patch for 1.1.4.




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