How to get Office Starter 2010 working on Windows 8

If you bought a new Windows 7 PC, there's a good chance that it has Office Starter 2010 pre-installed on your hard drive. This software suite from Microsoft contains stripped down versions of Word and Excel that are supported by ad banners.

If you want to continue to use Office Starter 2010 when you upgrade your Windows 7 PC to Windows 8, Microsoft has now set up a support page specifically to address this situation.

Basically, Microsoft says you have to have the latest version of Office Starter 2010 installed before updating that PC from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Microsoft states:

If you don't install the latest version of Microsoft Office Starter 2010 on your Windows 7 PC before upgrading to Windows 8, you won't be able to use it after the operating system upgrade is complete.

The required update is available on Microsoft's website.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Microsoft will discontinue Office Starter 2010 later this year. In its place, Microsoft will reportedly tell its many OEM hardware partners to use Office Web Apps as the replacement for Office Starter 2010. These are the web based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Via: Richard Hay
Source: Microsoft Support page | Image via Downloadcrew.com

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Just another of so many examples of how Windows-8 just wasn't really designed with business oriented tasks in mind. It may be great for games, cutesy apps, and touch-screen devices, but...

TsarNikky said,
Just another of so many examples of how Windows-8 just wasn't really designed with business oriented tasks in mind. It may be great for games, cutesy apps, and touch-screen devices, but...

It's being used on my 6-year old desktop (Dell XPS 410) and I can do everything on it that I did in Windows 7. So how wasn't it designed with business tasks in mind?

TsarNikky said,
Just another of so many examples of how Windows-8 just wasn't really designed with business oriented tasks in mind. It may be great for games, cutesy apps, and touch-screen devices, but...

This is for the starter or OEM bundled version of Office, not the full products. Why don't you go visit an optometrist, because you need your eyes checked.

Either that or it's a really pathetic attempt at trolling.

Geez this is like Linux. Have to research how to get something to work. That's NOT a good sign.

If you want to continue to use Office Starter 2010 when you upgrade your Windows 7 PC to Windows 8, Microsoft has now set up a support page specifically to address this situation. WHAT!?!

Basically, Microsoft says you have to have the latest version of Office Starter 2010 installed before updating that PC from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Microsoft states:

If you don't install the latest version of Microsoft Office Starter 2010 on your Windows 7 PC before upgrading to Windows 8, you won't be able to use it after the operating system upgrade is complete.

WTH? LOL, what a joke! you have GOT to be kidding me... I see dismal numbers on the desktop. touchscreen people and tablet fans will do just fine

Now I'm definitely not updating to 8. If simple old Office 10 starter can't run on it, I'm sure my more exotic software would throw a fit. And there is no easy roll back... so maybe I'll clone my boot partition and update just to see, but I doubt I'll have that much time to waste.

SpyderCanopus said,
Now I'm definitely not updating to 8. If simple old Office 10 starter can't run on it, I'm sure my more exotic software would throw a fit. And there is no easy roll back... so maybe I'll clone my boot partition and update just to see, but I doubt I'll have that much time to waste.

Re-read the article ... The required update is available on Microsoft's website.

Good to know, but I wish there was a way to install Office Starter in Windows 7. I re-installed Windows 7 from a Dell-issued recovery disc but Office Starter wasn't there (it was in the recovery partition that I had to remove in order to re-install Windows).

Wow you need to have Office installed BEFORE you install Windows 8? What an absolute mess. Oh nevermind, office starter.

Azies said,
Wow you need to have Office installed BEFORE you install Windows 8? What an absolute mess. Oh nevermind, office starter.

Office Starter is an OEM pre-installed version of office, so if you are upgrading to windows 8, office STARTER is already there....

Azies said,
Wow you need to have Office installed BEFORE you install Windows 8? What an absolute mess. Oh nevermind, office starter.

No you don't need it installed before. You can install Office Starter 2010 on a clean Windows 8 and then just apply the update to make it work without problems. The old version of Starter won't work probably but you can download an SP1 integrated updated version. Just look for a script on Google to download the updated Starter.

MsftGaurav said,

No you don't need it installed before. You can install Office Starter 2010 on a clean Windows 8 and then just apply the update to make it work without problems. The old version of Starter won't work probably but you can download an SP1 integrated updated version. Just look for a script on Google to download the updated Starter.

Ahhhh.. I see... interesting.

I'm currently on the full version of Pro Plus, but this is great for the people who can't afford the full version of office or simply don't need it that often. People can also just download the Office 2013 Beta and use that too. Nice Koala BTW.