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Old 05-31-2011, 02:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Software Upgrades for MS Office Pro 2010 - Win7 or XP

Hi All.

I am currently upgrading my computer. Remember I am a serious novice so please go easy on me. I am have enrolled in school so i won't have to harass anyone too much here.

I would like to upgrade to MS Office Professional 2010 but not sure if I should get the Win7 Professional or WinXP Professional SP3 64-bit. I also would like to know if getting 64 bit or 32 bit for the MS Office Pro makes a difference and why. Can anyone assist? I have included the main computer specs below.

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Compaq Presario CQ62-411NR notebook PC
3GB DDR3 RAM
2.2GHz Intel Celeron processor 900
320GB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive
Accelerator 4500M, up to 1309MB available memory
Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
Microsoft Office 2010 Starter
LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW drive, double-layer support
802.11b/g/n wireless LAN
Three USB 2.0 ports
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Default Re: Software Upgrades for MS Office Pro 2010 - Win7 or XP

if you get a 64bit OS you need to get 64bit office to run. You've currently got Home Premium which should be fine.
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Default Re: Software Upgrades for MS Office Pro 2010 - Win7 or XP

You don't need to run 64-bit Office on a 64-bit OS, 32-bit Office will run just fine on a 64-bit OS. Running 64-bit Office on 64-bit OS may give some performance gain or allow for larger spreadsheets or other files. You can actually install both the 32-bit and 64-bit Office on the same machine if running 64-bit OS.

Personally, I would stick with 32-bit Office unless I planned to create very large, compute intensive spreadsheets.

Unless you need to be able to log in to a Domain, Home Premium is all you need, no need to upgrade to Pro.
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Thank you for your responses. I will be using it for database building and small to medium process computing (multiple functions) excel spreadsheets for a consulting business.
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You don't need to run 64-bit Office on a 64-bit OS, 32-bit Office will run just fine on a 64-bit OS.
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You can actually install both the 32-bit and 64-bit Office on the same machine if running 64-bit OS.
Didn't know that.
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