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can I re-use old versions of Word and Excel?

Hi there,

I have recently changed my desktop computer and was wondering whether I could transfer my previous versions of Word and Excel to it.

I had Word and Excel on my old desktop that was running Windows Vista. My new desktop runs Windows 10 and does not have Microsoft Office. I have dismantled the old computer but have kept the hard drives. Is there a way to retrieve Word and Excel from the old hard drives and load them onto the new computer?

Or is there any other way I can retrieve Word and Excel, for example by logging my details into an online facility that would have kept track of my previous ownership, and from where I would be able to download the software again?

Also, I have recently downloaded Word and Excel to my Android smartphone. I think I was invited to do so following my attempts at downloading some files. I was not asked for payment but cannot understand why not. Is there a way to transfer the smartphone versions or Word and Excel to the desktop?

Or is it best to buy new versions of Word and Excel altogether?

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If that Word+Excel came with the old computer then
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Thank you for that. I actually found the old order confirmation email where I had the old licence key, and I was able to install the software again from the website. I'm having a bit of trouble loading it though. When I search for Microsoft Excel in the start menu, it retrieves it and I can click on it and open Excel, but this doesn't work for Word or Power Point. I search for them in Start, the computer finds them, but then clicking on them has no effect.

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The start menu is not the best place to look. The best place is the subfolder of Program Files you installed the programs in. That should be the same subfolder as Word is in.

Something like c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 10. Note that Program Files can be Program Files (x86) also, Microsoft Office can be different, and the 14 can be different (14 happens to be Office 2010).
Word = winword.exe
Excel = excel.exe
Powerpoint = powerpnt.exe

Did you find Word? Does it run when you click it?
Same questions for Excel and Powerpoint. If it runs, make your own shortcuts to it.

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I've actually managed to create shortcuts to them and make them run from that now.

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Thanks for telling.

You can move those shortcuts from the desktop to the start menu, if you prefer. But maybe what you have now is good enough?

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Yes, I've set it up the way I wanted.

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