How to run Office Starter 2010 on Windows 8

Microsoft had introduced Office Starter Edition 2010 – which included Word Starter 2010 and Excel Starter 2010 – as a free software version for home users who are not ready to buy a full version of Office 2010. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 Edition can let you create and edit simple Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, open existing Word and Excel files, manage a simple budget, write letters and do basic text work. The software only comes pre-loaded on a OEM computer, and there is no way you can download it officially.

Run Office Starter 2010 on Windows 8

If you already have a Windows 7 PC which came along with Office Starter 2010 installed, and you would like to use it, after you upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8, you will have to UPGRADE it to its latest version first, before you upgrade your Windows, says KB2742694.

To do so, you will have to first download and install this Microsoft Office Click-to-Run 2010 update.

The fully featured, updated versions of Microsoft Office 2010, such as Office Home and Student 2010, Home and Business 2010, and Professional 2010, do not have any compatibility issues with Windows 8; it is only the Starter edition that you will have to upgrade first, before upgrading to Windows 8.

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