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Sharing office across multiple users - help please!


Gedster5

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Hi all, this is my first post so please bear with me!

We've just bought a new laptop that came pre-installed with Windows 8, after my wife dropped our trusty old Dell.

I have installed our now rather aged copy of Office 2007 via my user account (as I guess the administrator), doing a standard install, with the programmes dropping into Program Files.

When my wife then logs into her account she cannot see or use Office (on either the fancy tiled screen, as I can, or the desktop). I have no idea what to do to ensure that she can access and use office, short of installing it again when logged in as her?

I hope this makes sense?

If not already evident I am pretty non-techie, so please assume (correctly) minimal knowledge when replying.

Any and all help gratefully received.
 

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jimbo45

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Hi there
It's a SINGLE USER system although re-installs per user on the SAME PC don't count as separate activations.

You'll just have to re-install for each user.

The only other way is to install it on a SERVER - but then you'd need SERVER software and each person would need a SEPARATE machine to access the server -- so in your case just re-install OFFICE for each user.

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DavidY

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I installed Office 2007 Home and Student a few months back, and it definitely works for all user accounts on that PC. I can't remember whether I had to pick a particular setting to make it happen though.
 

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XweAponX

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It's "Install for all users" and it's right at the very beginning of the setup. The other thing to do, would be to delete any extra user accounts, and keep only one account and have both people use that. Or, set up a second machine.

I used to come across Windows machines with no less than 6 users, to say those machines were unusable is an understatement. For a couple, it should be easy to set up a system where 2 people can share one account.
 

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It's "Install for all users" and it's right at the very beginning of the setup.
So I think the answer to the original question is to run Setup again, from the original account, but select the "Install for all users" option at the start of the Setup process. I suspect you'll need to un-install it all first.

I'd also advise running the Setup process by right-clicking and selecting "Run as Administrator"
 

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XweAponX

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No, you shouldn't have to uninstall it, just "change"

Also, the other users, are they also Administrator accounts? Make them Administrators and try using Office again, before you do all of this.
 

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    AMD 4400+/4200+
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    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
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    2 GB/3GB
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    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
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    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
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    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
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    "1842 x 1036"
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    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
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    MSI "M-Box"
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    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

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Hi there
There's NO option in Office 2010 for install for ALL users -- if you find one please show a screen shot.

However what you CAN do (Windows 8) is login to another account and from the start screen look for all applications where you can see the OFFICE 2010 applications -- then just click on a tile etc and then it all gets set up for that new user.

Tested with GUEST account -- go to start screen and then just type EX or W or the name of an office app --you'll see EXCEL etc. Just click and the application will start --you'll get prompted the first time about when to install updates etc -- and you'll need an administrator password to set these. After that you will get the default settings which you can change at will. You'll have to create also a new email account too if you want to use outlook.

(You WON'T see office apps on the start screen for the new user --you'll have to add them manually if you want them on the start screen).

Cheers
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