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Windows 8 not recognizing Office 2010 install

  1. #11


    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    To be specific - I can open up Word 2010 for example from the download I did. I can create a Word document. I can save a Word document if its created with 'that' Word, but if I try to open the Word document I created and saved, I get the screen that says it appears I'm trying to use Office and asks me to buy Office or Activate it. If I try and Activate it (since I already own it and have installed it) it asks for a key. I enter the key. When I enter the key, it says its invalid.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    OK - I've just downloaded OFFICE 2010 Pro AGAIN. I believe part of the problem was that the Office icon that comes with the idiotic tile start screen automatically defaults to the Buy or Activate screen. I deleted that shortcut that came with Windows 8, found the programs that I had downloaded and sort of pinned them to the Start screen. I can open stuff I created with Office 2010. Still can't figure out how to get a CD/DVD to play, but I'll open a new thread for that. Windows 8 IMO should be labeled Windows 6. It is a huge PAIN and I am on the verge of dumping it and installing Windows 7. What a POS.
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  3. #13


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You'll need codecs to play some types of videos but Windows 8's Media Player can play DVD's and CD's ho problem. You don't need anything third party to run data cd's like office. I have auto play turned off so disks will not auto start on their own. I manually run the setup file from the DVD though explorer. If you go into control panel and turn auto play on, you should get prompted with a menu of options to do with that disk when you put it in the drive. Also check device manager and see if the drive is listed OK with no yellow ! or red X. If you can get your drive working you should be able to install from your CD. Once its installed properly there should be tiles on the Start Menu for each office application. I can't help you with the product key not being accepted by the downloaded version. I don't have any experience in that area.
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