How Can I Deactivate Office 2013?

Thursday, January 19, 2017 5:14:04 PM America/Los_Angeles

Customers who upgrade to a new PC may understandably want to move their copy of Microsoft Office to the new PC as well. Is this possible? And if so, how do you do it?

I purchased Office 2013 … I recently built a PC, and I would like to deactivate my previous install so I can install Office on my desktop. How exactly am I supposed to do this?

So, there's no formal way to deactivate Office 2013. But you can in fact uninstall the software and then use it on a different PC, according to Microsoft.

I'd imagine that you will need to do a phone-based activation, but it's possible that it will simply work with your existing product key automatically. Before uninstalling, be sure you do have that product key. If you don't, you can use a third party application to find it in the registry.

I'm curious if the policy has changed (again) since Office 2013, especially given Microsoft's preference that users move to Office 365. And sure enough, Office 365 is generally a better deal, especially for those who wish/need to install Office on multiple devices. With Office 365 Personal or Home, for example, this notion of "deactivation" is simply performed using a web console, and without restrictions or limitations.

But we're in a transition period now, and I'm sure there are millions of people out there who paid for whatever version of Office and wish to keep using it as they move to new PCs. And I can't see any reason why they can't. It's just a matter of figuring out the Microsoft-approved method(s) for doing so.

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Your PC should upgrade itself to Windows 10

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:29:28 PM America/Los_Angeles

ity patches — you're being forcibly upgraded to an entirely new operating system.

The only way to avoid the Windows 10 upgrades is to click on the pop-up informing you of your scheduled update, go to the options, and reschedule or cancel the update. I don't know about you, but I make a habit of ignoring all Windows warnings about upgrades, and the chances are I would rage-dismiss this notification as well.

I know Microsoft is keen to get all PC users onto Windows 10 — and it's honestly a big upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 — but this feels like an unnecessarily sneaky trick. Anyone who wanted Windows 10 has probably already downloaded it, and the holdouts are just people who can't let go of 7.

Auto-scheduling updates with minimal warning isn't a feature or a convenience — it's just going to piss off a bunch of users who never wanted Cortana in their lives.

Remember when your parents accidentally auto-updated to Word 2007, and you had to spend six hours on the phone explaining what happened to Edit–>Paste? Well, just imagine what's going to happen when they wake up to some lady called Cortana bossing them around, and ads in their beloved Start Menu.

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How to update drivers in Windows Vista and Windows 7

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 6:22:34 PM America/Los_Angeles

To update your drivers, go to Control Panel> Hardware & Devices> Device Manager. You’ll find the following window.

Go to the device you want to update, right-click on it, and choose Update Driver.

The ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’ option does just that: automatically updates the driver software. Windows will search for, download, and install the appropriate driver for you.

If you’ve already downloaded the driver, you can click on the second option, ‘Browse my computer for driver software’.

If you experience any problems with the new driver, you have the option to return to the previous state of the driver. To do this, right click on the device, go to Properties, and click the Driver tab. If you want to restore a previous version of the software, click Roll Back Driver.

Note, the option to Roll Back Driver will only be available if you’ve updated the driver.

Windows makes it pretty easy to keep your drivers up-to-date, but whether its automatic or manual, it’s now easier than ever to find, update, and roll back drivers in Windows.

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All you need to try out the Office 2010 Beta

Monday, January 16, 2017 6:05:41 PM America/Los_Angeles

Microsoft yesterday launched the first, and likely only, public beta of Office 2010.

Because this is the last available-to-all milestone for the new suite, Microsoft's geared up to get the beta into the hands of a very large group. "Instead of tens of thousands who tried the Technical Preview, now we're talking about millions and million of people," Takeshi Numoto, the corporate vice president for Office, said in an interview Wednesday.

On your end, the best thing about Office 2010 Beta is that you can use it free-of-charge for nearly a year: The preview won't expire until Oct. 31, 2010.

But what does our expert say? "Anyone interested in Office should get a copy of this beta," wrote Preston Gralla in his first-take review. "It was solid and performed well without crashing once. I experienced none of the slowness that you sometimes do with betas."

You can find out whether Gralla's right by downloading the beta and giving Office 2010 a spin yourself. But where is it, how do you install it, what do you need to run it, and how do you get rid of it if it's a can of worms?

Office 2010, by the way, is the first Microsoft suite to be offered in both 32- and 64-bit versions. Choose the version that fits your operating system. You can check to see whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit edition of Windows 7 by clicking the Start button, then clicking Control Panel and System Maintenance. Click System.

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Movie Maker Coming to Windows 10?

Sunday, January 15, 2017 5:24:38 PM America/Los_Angeles

Movie Maker is one of the standout free apps for Windows Desktop. It is a spiffing feature-rich editing suite that costs nothing and is popular amongst users. However, it is not yet available as a Windows 10 app. That may be changing according to a support page for Movie Maker. On the page, Microsoft hints that the app could be coming to the Windows Store for Windows 10 PCs.

Movie Maker is one of the standout free apps for Windows Desktop. It is a spiffing feature-rich editing suite that costs nothing and is popular amongst users. However, it is not yet available as a Windows 10 app. That may be changing according to a support page for Movie Maker. On the page, Microsoft hints that the app could be coming to the Windows Store for Windows 10 PCs.

Movie Maker has been available since 2000 and has been through numerous iterations since then.

The Windows Essentials app has been in its current form since 2012. In case you didn't know, Microsoft is cutting support for all Windows Essentials 2012 apps in January 2012.

That means Movie Maker as it currently is will be wound down over the coming months. However, Microsoft is not killing the service entirely, so a Windows 10 version is expected to arrive.

Windows 10 Version

There is still some confusion. Microsoft has pointed to Windows 10 alternatives for Essentials like Photos, Mail, and OneDrive. However, the company's support page suggests something else for Movie Maker:

"Movie Maker will soon be available from Windows Store for Windows 10 users."

Unfortunately, Microsoft is not expanding on that. The company has not offered any specifics like a release date. If Movie Maker does come to Windows 10, it will be interesting to see if it supports the Universal Windows Platform. The service as an UWP app would mean the editing suite is available across Windows 10 devices.

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Partner Warns Against Microsoft's Office 2013 Migration Advice

Friday, January 13, 2017 6:19:30 PM America/Los_Angeles

Microsoft's strategies for migrating to Office 2013 "can cause serious headaches" for organizations, according to a current report by ConverterTechnology.

Nashua, N.H.-based ConverterTechnology is a Microsoft partner with a gold competency in database integration. The company focuses on Windows and Office migration solutions for large enterprises. In its report, "Embrace Office 2013, But Avoid Microsoft's Migration Strategy" (.PDF), the company took Microsoft to task because of its Office 2013 migration recommendations.

To help organizations within this process, Microsoft advises installing Office 2013 combined with the Office Telemetry assessment tool. Telemetry works by making a record of Office files, add-ins, templates and apps whenever they trigger an error in Office 2013. Additionally, it keeps track of inventory and just how frequently files are opened, closed or used. IT pros can observe the Telemetry data on an Excel sheet. Microsoft provides an infograph of how Telemetry collects data here.

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Microsoft inks big deal with Texas for Office 365

Thursday, January 12, 2017 6:13:48 PM America/Los_Angeles

Microsoft just scooped up a big deal for its Office 365 suite of cloud-based productivity products, inking a deal with the Texas Department of Information Resources. As part of the deal, more than 100,000 employees for the state of Texas from agencies suchHealth and Human Services System to the Department of Transportation to the Department of Criminal Justice will be using the online tools. Office 365 includes the Web-based applications for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

It marks the latest government agency win for Microsoft Office 365 in the past three months. Last November, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it would be utilizing the service for its 600,000 employees.

"No other solution provides the rich capabilities of Office 365, including webconferencing, real-time collaboration, and document and calendar sharing," said Todd Kimbriel, director of E-Government for the Texas Department of Information Resources, in a release. "Office 365 will increase efficiency and help our agencies better serve the needs of citizens without compromising on security or privacy."

Office 365 is a critical product for Microsoft as it attempts to fend off threats to its core business from services like Google Apps.

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Windows 8 tablets will ship with a free version of Office 2013

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:27:28 PM America/Los_Angeles

Microsoft has revealed that future 7- and 8-inch Windows 8 tablets will ship with a free copy of Office 2013. Speaking at Computex on Wednesday, Windows CFO Tami Reller revealed plans for Office Home and Student 2013 to be bundled with "small" Windows 8 tablets. It's up to OEMs to bundle the software, which includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Outlook 2013 will not be part of the free offering for smaller Windows 8 tablets, but Microsoft revealed on Wednesday that Windows RT 8.1 (that runs on ARM-based tablets) will include access to Outlook RT.

The plans follow rumors that Microsoft is cutting licensing costs for Windows and Office on small form factors to help drive interest from PC makers. So far, Acer is the only manufacturer that has opted to announce a small Windows tablet. The company unveiled its 8-inch Iconia W3 at Computex this week, noting that it ships with Office Home and Student 2013. Other manufacturers appear to be holding any 7- and 8-inch Windows tablet announcements, most likely because Microsoft is preparing a Windows 8.1 update that is designed to improve the usability of Windows on small form factors.

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Deleteing The Old Version of Windows from Windows 10

Monday, January 9, 2017 6:43:32 PM America/Los_Angeles

Microsoft Windows 10 has been available as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8 users since late July 2015 and millions have taken advantage. After the upgrade, you have the option to revert back to an older version of Windows for 30 days, but after that month you are stuck with Windows 10, like it or not.

However, even after the 30 days is up, and you have made your peace with Windows 10, the old version of Windows remains on your hard drive taking up valuable space in a folder labeled Windows.old. Because there are system files involved, you cannot just delete the folder — oh no, you have to go through an obscure special process.

Here is how to delete the old version of Windows from Windows 10. Short answer: You delete the Windows.old folder from your installation. Details and screens, below.

Disk Cleanup

The process centers on the Disk Cleanup app. There are several ways to call this up. The easiest is to head to the Cortana search box in the Taskbar and type: Disk Cleanup

When you start the app it will run a scanning routine to analyze your hard drive, which could take a few minutes, so just be patient.

When the routine is complete, you will see a screen similar to what you see below. Just click the Clean up system files button to get where we need to be. The app will perform a second scan, which could take more than a few minutes.

On the following screen, check the boxes next to Previous Windows installation(s) and Temporary Windows installation files. I also took the opportunity to remove Temporary Internet files, as you can see below.

Click the OK button and the app will go to work. This process could also take more than a few minutes, so you will have to be patient again. The app is also likely to ask you for confirmation that you want to delete these files two times — so don’t walk away until it does.

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How to Join the Microsoft Office Insider Program for Mac

Friday, January 6, 2017 6:52:17 PM America/Los_Angeles

Back in November Microsoft announced the Office Insider Program, providing Microsoft Office users with early access to features still under development. Similar to a public beta program, Office users get to try out new features and functionality before they are generally available. The program is open to both Windows and Mac users. Here’s a look at how to sign up for the program for Mac.

Access the Office Insider Program on Mac

First, you need to be running the Office 2016 for Mac suite. If you have it installed already, launch any of the apps in the suite and click Help > Check for Updates.

Check off the Join Office Insider Program on the Microsoft AutoUpdate window and you should be good to go. So far, nothing new is ready yet, but you will be notified as soon as they are.

The Microsoft Office Insider program is similar to Microsoft’s Insider Program for Windows 10, which lets users take future versions of Windows 10 under development for a spin. Microsoft moved to a new development branch for Windows 10, code name Redstone in December 2015, rolling out build 11082. After a short break, the Windows Team restarted development in early January 2016, building new features and functions for the new version. Redstone is expected to launch in the second half of 2016.

If you experience problems updating Office for Mac, check out our article for instructions how to work around that issue.

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Microsoft to donate Office 365 to nonprofits worldwide

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 6:10:09 PM America/Los_Angeles

Microsoft has been known for distributing free software to business startups and college students through their BizSpark and DreamSpark campaigns. The programs offer a variety of software including the latest version of Windows, a fresh copy of Office 2013, and even access to development tools such as Visual Studio. Now, Microsoft wants to give even more free software away; this time, to nonprofits.

The Redmond company will be making Office 365 available to qualifying nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations through its new Software Donation Program; launching in 41 countries around the globe, the program aims to provide up to 90 countries by July of next year.

For the current 2013 fiscal year, Microsoft has already donated $795 million in cash, software, and services to nonprofits globally. Lori Harnick, General Manager of Citizenship and Public Affairs, stated that:

"Microsoft has a long-standing history of philanthropy, providing nonprofits with software donations and cash grants for the past 30 years, Office 365 for Nonprofits is a new, critical investment Microsoft is making in the global nonprofit community so nonprofits can streamline their IT and focus on doing more good."

Office 365 will allow nonprofit organizations to take advantage of the ability to work from anywhere with cloud computing, provide ease of collaboration for team members working on a shared document, and allow IT administrators to easily update and manage the software remotely.

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Microsoft should ties Office 2013 to a single PC

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 6:20:25 PM America/Los_Angeles

Office 2013 customers who bought a retail copy of the suite were allowed to reassign a license to a different device. The purchase of a new PC for instance that replaced the old PC Office was installed on did not prevent the customer from moving the Office installation to the new PC.

That's bad for Microsoft customers for a number of reasons. Imagine installing Office 2013 on a PC that gets stolen the next day. If you had Office 2010 or earlier installed on the PC, you could simply use the software on a new PC without having to buy another license for that new PC. With Office 2013, you have to buy another license as you can't transfer licenses between systems anymore.

Microsoft states this clearly in the retail license terms of Office 2013:

The first question that may come to mind is why Microsoft made the change to the licensing terms. The answer seems obvious: it is also selling subscription-based packages now. Unlike Office 2013, Office 365 for Home allows users to install the software on up to five devices. On top of that, it is also available at no extra cost to all members of a household and it is possible to transfer licenses from one computer to another.

It is not clear how strict the new licensing terms will be enforced. I for one won't purchase Office 2013 or subscribe to Office 365. While I would use Office 2013 under the 2010 licensing terms, I can't use it under the new terms. If the PC I installed it on gets damaged or stolen, or if I plan to replace it with a new model, I'd have to buy another license to continue using it. That's insane.

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Microsoft to kick off Office 2013 upgrade deal

Monday, January 2, 2017 6:36:50 PM America/Los_Angeles

The program will offer free or discounted upgrades to Office 2013 -- the name of the new bundle -- or Office 365, the subscription service that Microsoft unveiled this summer, to customers who have recently purchased Office 2010.

Microsoft regularly runs such deals for Office and its Windows operating system.

In 2010, it kicked off a "technology guarantee" for buyers of Office 2007, giving them a free upgrade to Office 2010 for several months bracketing the latter's retail launch.

Microsoft debuted that deal on March 5, 2010, 14+ weeks before the June 15, 2010, retail launch of Office 2010. The program ran until Sept. 30, 2010.

The company is running a similar program with Windows 8 for those who purchase a Windows 7-powered PC between June 2, 2012, and Jan. 31, 2013. Customers will be able to download a copy of Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 starting Oct. 26.

Foley, citing unnamed sources backed by screenshots of a Microsoft website that has since been scrubbed, said that the company will kick off the Office 2013 upgrade deal Oct. 19.

If her contacts have the date right and Microsoft uses the same timetable as during the Office 2010 cycle, it means that Office 2013 will launch in the last week of January 2013.

That fits with previous back-of-the-envelope estimates that Computerworld has done. Based on the release of a "Customer Preview" of Office 2013 and Office 365, Computerworld had forecast a retail launch during the last week of January or the first week of February 2013.

Assuming Microsoft runs the new upgrade deal as long as it did the one for Office 2010, it wouldn't shut it down until the middle of May 2013.

Two years ago, Microsoft gave Office 2007 buyers a free copy of the corresponding edition of Office 2010. That's not guaranteed this year.

As Foley pointed out, Microsoft abandoned the free upgrade for Windows this time, choosing instead to charge customers $14.99 for the move from any edition of Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro.

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Any issues going from Office 2007 to Office 2010 in Win 7?

Thursday, December 29, 2016 5:59:42 PM America/Los_Angeles

Just got my copy of 32-bit Office Pro Plus from school, and before I install it, I just wanted to see if there have been any issues doing an in-place upgrade to 2010 as yet.

I can't be sure about the retail version of Office 2010, but I know that with the Beta version users were offered a choice of Upgrade over Customize.

The Upgrade removed Office 2007 and replaced it with 2010, so be sure you have the 2007 setup disks if ever you want to revert back.

The Customize option allows you to have both Office versions installed at the same time, in the Beta version.

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What Utilities Does Windows 10 Offer?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 6:17:48 PM America/Los_Angeles

Windows 10 represents the next generation of operating systems. Since many of its features are stored in the cloud, as opposed to locally on your computer’s hard drive, it comes with a bountiful collection of utilities and tools which are updated and patched regularly for optimal performance and security. Here are some of the most useful utilities Windows 10 has to offer:

1. Windows Phone App for Desktop

Are you tired of hearing your Apple-using friends brag about the automatic syncing among their devices. Fret no more! With the utility Windows Phone App for Desktop, you can store all of your files, photos, videos, and more, and access them from any device you happen to be using, including on your desktop PC at work, from your laptop at home, and with your smartphone on the go.

2. Microsoft OneDrive

Whether you need access to your files and documents from multiple devices or need to share these files and folders with family, friends, or colleagues, OneDrive offers safe, convenient, easy-to-use access. This cloud storage solution also serves as a critical backup in case your local storage drive or device goes bad.

3. Office for Windows 10

The Office suite of software programs is one of the most powerful and widely-used utilities for both business and personal use. It comes with all the products you’ve come to adore over the years, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and more. Whether you’re writing a report for school in Word, developing a wowing PowerPoint presentation for work, or trying to keep track of your bank accounts with Excel, Windows 10 comes pre-installed with the complete Office 365 suite of software and tools.

4. A Full Collection of Potent Browsers

Remember when Internet Explorer was THE browser for Windows machines? Not anymore! Windows 10 marked the beginning of the end for Internet Explorer (although it’s still available in version IE 10, if you like), and now you can get tons of browsers for Windows 10. It comes with Edge (the IE replacement) natively, but you can also score Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and more. Take your pick!

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