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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #220 on: November 17, 2013, 11:29:27 PM »
I don't understand your comparison to a Mac, as I've haven't really used one. :)
My question is: Is it possible to install Office from the program files?
That's all that's left after installing newer Windows.
When you say the "progam files", do you mean the files on your c: drive, under "Program Files", or "Program Files (x86)"?  If that is what you mean, then no, you cannot reinstall Office from those files.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #221 on: November 17, 2013, 11:30:11 PM »
When you say the "progam files", do you mean the files on your c: drive, under "Program Files", or "Program Files (x86)"?  If that is what you mean, then no, you cannot reinstall Office from those files.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #222 on: November 17, 2013, 11:31:36 PM »
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What did you do / what are you trying to do?

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #223 on: November 17, 2013, 11:33:43 PM »
What did you do / what are you trying to do?
The laptop had Office, and I installed Windows Vista and then 7.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #224 on: November 17, 2013, 11:38:15 PM »
The laptop had Office, and I installed Windows Vista and then 7.
You installed, or you had someone else install?  I assume (from the fact that you are asking this question) that you did a "new" install and not an upgrade.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #225 on: November 17, 2013, 11:40:47 PM »
You installed, or you had someone else install?  I assume (from the fact that you are asking this question) that you did a "new" install and not an upgrade.
Yup, I did an install.
It was running XP. I installed Vista and then upgraded to 7.
While on the subject, how to get rid of all the junk. The hard drive should have been clean, but is now showing more than half full.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #226 on: November 17, 2013, 11:44:31 PM »
Yup, I did an install.
It was running XP. I installed Vista and then upgraded to 7.
While on the subject, how to get rid of all the junk. The hard drive should have been clean, but is now showing more than half full.
I assume that you probaby did not format the drive first.  If you have not done too much on your new install, IMO, I would start from scratch again, this time making sure you FORMAT.  Why XP-Vista-7?  Why not just 7 right away?  Was it only an upgrade license?

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« Reply #227 on: November 17, 2013, 11:46:11 PM »
I assume that you probaby did not format the drive first.  If you have not done too much on your new install, IMO, I would start from scratch again, this time making sure you FORMAT.  Why XP-Vista-7?  Why not just 7 right away?  Was it only an upgrade license?
Its an upgrade-from-Vista CD.
I should format C, and then start anew (with Vista)?
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #228 on: November 17, 2013, 11:48:31 PM »
Its an upgrade-from-Vista CD.
I should format C, and then start anew (with Vista)?
If you have a full Vista install license, and media, and you did not do too much work on your "new" system, then yes.  I assume, of course, that you either do not need, or have backed up all of the data from this computer.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #229 on: November 17, 2013, 11:49:57 PM »
If you have a full Vista install license, and media, and you did not do too much work on your "new" system, then yes.  I assume, of course, that you either do not need, or have backed up all of the data from this computer.
Nothing on it.
I think its a full license.
Whats media?
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #230 on: November 17, 2013, 11:52:57 PM »
Nothing on it.
I think its a full license.
Whats media?
CD / DVD / 3.5" / 5.25" / ZIP / DAT / etc
There must be something on it, other than the OS, if half of the drive is in use.  What is the hd capacity?

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« Reply #231 on: November 17, 2013, 11:59:31 PM »
CD / DVD / 3.5" / 5.25" / ZIP / DAT / etc
There must be something on it, other than the OS, if half of the drive is in use.  What is the hd capacity?
I'm not understanding. Whats media?
Capacity is about 37gb.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #232 on: November 18, 2013, 12:05:39 AM »
I'm not understanding. Whats media?
Capacity is about 37gb.
Media is, for example a cd disk, or a dvd disk. 

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #233 on: November 18, 2013, 12:08:31 AM »
Media is, for example a cd disk, or a dvd disk.
Oh. I was thinking down the wrong "path".
I have an installation disk, that's all.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #234 on: November 18, 2013, 12:08:54 AM »
I think a clean install (i.e. with a format), should leave you with around 30 gig or so, before you install other programs, or update Windows.

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« Reply #235 on: November 18, 2013, 12:10:06 AM »
I think a clean install (i.e. with a format), should leave you with around 30 gig or so, before you install other programs, or update Windows.
Is the disk enough?
The HD is really 40gb, but comes up as 37.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #236 on: November 18, 2013, 12:12:57 AM »
Is the disk enough?
The HD is really 40gb, but comes up as 37.
It should be fine for a Windows install and a few programs.  I would not go loading it up with pictures, video, or music, though.

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« Reply #237 on: November 18, 2013, 12:17:09 AM »
It should be fine for a Windows install and a few programs.  I would not go loading it up with pictures, video, or music, though.
I meant the installation CD. Is that enough to install Windows on the formatted drive?
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #238 on: November 18, 2013, 06:17:37 PM »
win 7, microsoft update stuck, im also experiencing a lag in keystrokes. Virus scans are clean.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #239 on: November 18, 2013, 06:20:50 PM »
win 7, microsoft update stuck, im also experiencing a lag in keystrokes. Virus scans are clean.
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