Microsoft Office Starter 2010 Downloads

Microsoft Office 2010 ships in many different editions. There are two core groups, Home and Business, each with a distinct set of editions available. Each edition offers access to a set of Office programs, with the more expensive editions usually offering additional programs that go beyond the Excel, Word and PowerPoint set of tools.

And then there is Microsoft Office Starter 2010. Starter is the only Office version that is available for free. It is a limited edition that only contains versions of Microsoft Word and Excel. Considering that those two programs are the most used in Microsoft’s Office suite, it is fair to say that this could be quite sufficient for the majority of users.

The main limitations are that Office Starter is ad driven, and that both Word and Excel do not offer their complete feature set to the user. Most users on the other hand may not even notice that functionality is missing.

Microsoft Office Starter 2010 was up until now only supplied to OEM manufacturers who added it to some of their computer systems. The Office suite came preinstalled with those purchased computer systems. There was no option to download and install Office Starter as a end user. Until now, that is.

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Here are the Microsoft Office Starter 2010 downloads (please note that the installer needs to download files from the Internet during installation).

Microsoft Office Starter 2010 English [download]
Microsoft Office Starter 2010 French [download]
Microsoft Office Starter 2010 German [download]
Microsoft Office Starter 2010 Spanish [download]

The server stores other language versions as well, just replace the language identifier in the web address, e.g. en-us with another country language identifier like it-it to download the Italian version of Office Starter 2010.

You are not asked for a product key during or after installation. There are certainly alternatives, Libre Office for instance for desktops or Google Docs for users who prefer cloud based applications.

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3 Responses to Microsoft Office Starter 2010 Downloads

  1. M Munro-Hill November 27, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    I wonder whether I should now download these free versions.  Can I do so without losing any of my Word files? 

    I am utterly confused.  Until yesterday evening I had happily been using the pre-installed Office 2010 Starter that came with my HP Compaq Mini.  Suddenly, out of the blue, I was required to fill in a box with my full name and then, below, my initials, two of which were already there.  Strange.  This has now happened twice more. On reading what appeared on the screen, I became rather concerned, since it seemed as though I had only a limited number of occasions when I could use the Starter, after which I would have to purchase the full version.  This is so unfair, as I was assured when I bought this HP Compaq that the Microsoft Office 2010 Starter was a permanent feature (unlike certain other pre-installed software, such as Norton, which has to be purchased after a specified period of time).

    As this is a Netbook and has no disc drive, I am wondering whether I could copy the Office 2007 (that I purchased for another computer) on to a memory stick and copy that into this Netbook.

    I am most disappointed in Microsoft.  Although I have done a System Restore, it has had no effect on my Office programme.  How disappointing.  I now realise the danger of the Microsoft monopoly.  We become trapped within the system.

    Although I have been using Microsoft Windows systems since 1985 and Office (Word in particular) for the past 17 years I have never before encountered anything so underhand and am very sad to see it.

    Any advice would be gratefully received.

  2. Guest December 2, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    When I click on one of these downloadlinks I get the following message:Server Error

    404 – File or directory not found.
    The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

  3. MHazell December 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    I’ll getting the 404 Not Found Error. When I right click on the link it downloads like 1.21KB of data. Can someone help with some answers?

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