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    Expletive deletion: accidentally deleted Word

    Pounding my head against the wall, weeping and wailing, hurling various curses and and filth and florin filth. I accidentally deleted Microsoft Word while installing a printermad:. That means a trip to Office Depot to spend money I don't want to spend. Anybody know a place in Seattle that sells cheap Word?

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    Hi,

    If you are wanting to buy Word, probably buying an office version, such as Office Home & Student, is cheaper than buying Word as a standalone app. You can even try it for 60 days which will, at least, keep your money with your for a couple months more: http://www7.buyoffice.microsoft.com/...ache=178886574

    I know it may even compound your frustration more (and I apologize if it does), but using disk imaging, even through a free imaging app such as Macrium Reflect free, can easily get you out of similar situations in the future, so maybe it's something you should consider.

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    Was Word a portion of an extra included with a new PC purchase? How did you initially acquire Word? Do you by chance have a recent Image you could restore to?

    If included with a new PC there should be a recovery partition or DVD to allow you to take your PC back to factory defaults, which would reinstall Word. Make sure you back up all your data first so it's easy to get it back once restored.

    If you purchased Word as either a stand alone or part of a package, simply reinstall it from the original source.

    If by chance you have a recent Image, just restore from your Image. Less than 10 minutes. If you don't have a recent Image, look over the numerous discussions on Imaging (just search for Image in these forums.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    Was Word a portion of an extra included with a new PC purchase? How did you initially acquire Word? Do you by chance have a recent Image you could restore to?

    If included with a new PC there should be a recovery partition or DVD to allow you to take your PC back to factory defaults, which would reinstall Word. Make sure you back up all your data first so it's easy to get it back once restored.
    The PC is a used Dell that came into my possession. It came with Office Home and Student. I accidentally deleted it while clearing out old programs I thought might interfere with the installation of a new printer. It didn't have discs just old progs, some not used since the early aughts. I uninstalled them from the Control Panel so Home and Student are probably in PC heaven. :frustrated sob:

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    Just when I was at the edge, staring at the abyss of technological oblivion, salvation! A correspondent pointed me in the direction of OpenOffice.org. I was extremely sceptical. A replacement for Microsoft Word? Downloaded for free? Haarrr! Scam! Virus! Too good to be true! Yes, it's on Google but Wikipedia? And it's legit? And you guys right here like it? I took the leap, I downloaded. Me likey! Plus my printer installed fine too. My techno luck is so good at the moment, it's terrifying. There's a virus somewhere with my name on it, I just know it. <_<

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    Did you try System Restore to a date/time before you started the clear out?

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    I've used Open Office for several years on my home computer (Windows XP) and it's been fine. As you may have noticed, there are equivalents for most of the Microsoft Office programs (Excel, PowerPoint). I would suggest that when you save your documents in Open Office, you save them as Word documents. In the "Save" dialog box, in the "Save as type" window, I always choose "Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)". That maintains the compatibility with Word and you can open and revise those documents using Word on another computer. If you don't save them this way, they will be incompatible with Word.

    I've also used the Open Office spreadsheet program (Excel equivalent) and it works fine as well. If you want to work on those documents in Excel on another computer, you must go through the same Save routine I mentioned above.

    The Open Office programs don't have quite the range of features that you find in Word and Excel, but for most situations they're great. And you can't beat the price.

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    I believe that uninstall in Control Panel automatically creates a restore point before it uninstalls the program. Thatís the reason for using it. Uninstall by Revo Uninstaller does the same.

    Have you removed Office, or just Word? Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office and see if Microsoft Word is still in the list. If it is, start it from there (the first time). If Microsoft Office is still there but Word is missing, you can get it back. Word is just an application within Office, and even if Office is hanging by a fingernail, as long as it is registered you can reinstall any or all of it free of charge. (Leave the serial number.) If Office itself is gone, then you may be in a spot of trouble, but thatís where restore points, no matter how old, can help. (Restore wonít destroy your data.) A backup (by any name) that included your system will restore what you need.

    A different approach is to go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office [your latest version number]\winword.exe, which will be a file on its own, way near the bottom. Click or double-click that, and youíre on your way. Any form of search that finds winword.exe will do, and once you have it just run it. That is also the file to create a shortcut to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogberry View Post
    I believe that uninstall in Control Panel automatically creates a restore point before it uninstalls the program. That’s the reason for using it. Uninstall by Revo Uninstaller does the same.

    Have you removed Office, or just Word? Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office and see if Microsoft Word is still in the list. If it is, start it from there (the first time). If Microsoft Office is still there but Word is missing, you can get it back. Word is just an application within Office, and even if Office is hanging by a fingernail, as long as it is registered you can reinstall any or all of it free of charge. (Leave the serial number.) If Office itself is gone, then you may be in a spot of trouble, but that’s where restore points, no matter how old, can help. (Restore won’t destroy your data.) A backup (by any name) that included your system will restore what you need.

    A different approach is to go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office [your latest version number]\winword.exe, which will be a file on its own, way near the bottom. Click or double-click that, and you’re on your way. Any form of search that finds winword.exe will do, and once you have it just run it. That is also the file to create a shortcut to.
    I think some of your assertions here, are not correct. While a restore will restore the registry and files in system folders, it won't restore the contents of your program files folder. So, if you have uninstalled Office, system restore can make your system "think" it still has Office, but the files from the Program Files\Microsoft Ofice\ won't be there, as they will have been removed by the uninstallation process and are not backed up by System Restore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruirib View Post
    I think some of your assertions here, are not correct. While a restore will restore the registry and files in system folders, it won't restore the contents of your program files folder. So, if you have uninstalled Office, system restore can make your system "think" it still has Office, but the files from the Program Files\Microsoft Ofice\ won't be there, as they will have been removed by the uninstallation process and are not backed up by System Restore.
    That is extremely interesting, and I don't presume to know the answer one way or the other. One question it does raise, however, is: Will there be a registry entry to acknowledge the valid registration of Office? It strikes me that that would not be saved in Program Files but at a higher and possibly hidden level, in the registry itself. If there is such an entry, then it should still be possible to reinstall the same version of Office from any source without the need for a serial number.

    I hope to hear more of this, as it affects us all at the practical level. Many or most of my assumptions, especially about computers, are undeniably fallible, and I welcome being corrected.

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    For Office 2007 and 2010 I believe the activation info is kept in folders inside ProgramData. This info is, most likely, specific to a given computer configuration, much in the same way as Windows own activation info is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruirib View Post
    For Office 2007 and 2010 I believe the activation info is kept in folders inside ProgramData. This info is, most likely, specific to a given computer configuration, much in the same way as Windows own activation info is.
    That sounds reasonable. Thank you very much for the information.

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    Most Dells come with a DRP (Dell Recovery Partition) and will allow you to restore your computer to its original purchase state. Backup any data and perform the restore. You can go to youtube and search dell recovery partition and find loads of video guides or if you prefer google it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger4 View Post
    The PC is a used Dell that came into my possession. It came with Office Home and Student. I accidentally deleted it
    Just a reminder to people. In general, any software that comes on a used computer without the install disks or other indicator of ownership may be illegal (unless removed from other systems) and the machine may have viruses.

    A solid sweep of the system for any viruses and programs of unknown pedigree is a good idea on a used system.

    Office Home and Student is reasonably cheap and may be installed on more than one computer in your home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger4 View Post
    A correspondent pointed me in the direction of OpenOffice.org. <_<
    If Open Office works for you great. It does have issues with choking of some of the fancier formatting in the programs and graphing on Excel spreadsheets.

    If you are primarily working on things for yourself and do not need to use it on documents created in Office by others, it is a great deal. It may still be great if you create your own items in it but only need to read Office items from others since Microsoft offers free viewers that can handle any items that don't render well in Open Office.

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