ARCHIVED: In Microsoft Office, how do I change a program's installation type?

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In Microsoft Office, six different installation options are available, as listed below:

Note: The options Run from CD and Run all from CD are only available when installing from a disk.

  • Run from My Computer: This option performs a basic installation of the selected program to your hard drive. Less commonly used parts of the program may not be installed.
  • Run all from My Computer: This option installs the selected program or component and all associated components to your hard drive.
  • Run from CD: This option runs the selected program or component from the CD. You might select this option, for example, if you want the program to appear on your Start menu, but don't have room for it on your hard drive. (Thus if your computer prompts you for the Office CD every time you try to use Word, the application may be set to Run from CD.)
  • Run all from CD: This option runs the selected program and all its associated components from the CD rather than installing them to the hard drive.
  • Install on First Use: This option places the icons for the program on your Start menu, but does not install it on your hard drive. The first time you use the program, it will ask you for the CD and will then install it.
  • Not Available: This is synonymous with "not installed".

To check or change a program's installation type:

Note: If this doesn't match what you see, refer to Get around in Windows.

  1. From the Start menu, select either Control Panel, or Settings and then Control Panel.
  2. In Windows 7 or Vista, double-click Programs and Features. In XP, double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the name of your version of Office, e.g., Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010, Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise, etc. The title may also contain SP-x, where x is the number of the service pack you've applied to Office.
  4. In order of descending preference, click Change, Change/Remove, or Install/Uninstall, choosing Install/Uninstall only if the other options are unavailable. (Note that you may need administrative rights to see these options.)
  5. The Office Maintenance Mode window will open. (It may take some time to load fully.) Choose Add or Remove Features and click Continue.
  6. The programs included in Microsoft Office will be listed with a + (plus sign) to the left of their icons, each of which shows the installation type for that program. (Note that the triangle next to each icon is not a part of it.) Below is a description of each icon and the installation status it indicates:
    • A rectangular box on a gray background resembling a desktop computer CPU indicates installation in Run from My Computer mode.
    • A rectangular box on a gray background with two boxes to the right indicates installation in Run all from My Computer mode.
    • A picture of a CD on a gray background indicates installation in Run from CD mode.
    • A picture of a CD on a gray background with two boxes to the right indicates installation in Run all from CD mode.
    • A rectangular box on a white background with the numeral 1 in yellow indicates installation in Install on First Use mode.
    • A rectangular box on a white background with a red X indicates Not Available mode (i.e., the program is not installed).

    Note: Not all installation types are available for all applications.

  7. To change the installation type, click the icon that shows the current install status (you can click the + [plus sign] to expand the list of components). A drop-down list will show all the installation options. Choose the option you want, and then click Continue to make the change.

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Last modified on 2018-01-18 12:37:37.

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