An Explanation Of Windows Software Installation

How To Install Microsoft Office 365 Home Edition

In this section I will show you how to how to install Microsoft Office 365 (Home Edition), which is the same process for all Microsoft Office installation that are done via an online subscription. In other words, they all need downloading and installing; as opposed to the old fashioned way of installing from a dvd.

With the above said: You first need to create (sign up for) an online Microsoft account (i.e. an Outlook account), if you haven't got one already, in order to then purchase a Yearly Subscription Plan. In this example my wife chose the free one month trial before then paying for the £79.99 yearly subscription, which includes Microsoft Word (Word Processor), Excel (Spreadsheet), Access (Database), Powerpoint (Presentations), Publisher (Graphic/Desktop Publishing), Outlook (E-Mail) and OneNote (Organiser). The yearly subscription covers a license for 5 people in which each license could be used to install Microsoft Office 365 on a PC, MAC, Tablet and/or Mobile Phone.

Once you have purchased a subscription you can give a license to someone via an e-mail invitation (done within the master Microsoft Office account). So in this example my wife entered my e-mail address into her master account whereby I then received an e-mail with download instructions for my personal Microsoft Office 365 download.

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Fig 1.0  Click on the ACCEPT button to accept the license terms and conditions

To begin the installation process I first need to click on the ACCEPT button (above), contained within the invitation e-mail I received, to accept the license terms and conditions. Once that has been done I then need to click on the GET STARTED button (below) to initialise the installation process, which means logging into my Outlook account (Fig 1.2 below) and entering a couple of details.

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Fig 1.1  Click on the GET STARTED button to initialise the installation process


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Fig 1.2  You must sign into your Outlook e-mail account to continue

With the login sorted out, I am then logged into my own Micosoft Office 365 account where I can click on the INSTALL button (link) to begin the actual installation of Microsoft Office 365 (download the Setup (.exe) file). There are actually two INSTALL button because the Microsoft website feels the need to over-complicate the installation.

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Fig 1.3  Click on this first INSTALL button to continue


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Fig 1.4  Click on this second INSTALL button to begin the actual installation of Microsoft Office 365


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Fig 1.5  Click on the SAVE FILE button to save the Setup (.exe) file

After messing about with the Login and INSTALL buttons a file requester will appear (above) asking you to save the setup (.exe) file, which contains the Installation Wizard. The setup (.exe) file is normally saved inside your DOWNLOADS folder by default, so look inside your DOWNLOADS folder and double click on the setup (.exe) file to continue (Fig 1.6 below).

An Installation Wizard is the part of a setup (.exe) file that has the task of copying the necessary files (scripts, instructions, actual files and so on), among other things, in order to make the installation process easier for Windows 10 and you. It is the part for example that asks you questions during the installation process.

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Fig 1.6  Double click on the setup (.exe) file to continue

After clicking on the setup (.exe) file the actual installation process begins. The installation process is automatic in terms of downloading and installing the office files and at the very end all you need to do is click on the CLOSE button (Fig 1.9 below) to complete the installation process.

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Fig 1.7  The Installation Wizard is preparing to download the office files


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Fig 1.8  The Installation Wizard is downloading and installing the office files


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Fig 1.9  Click on the CLOSE button to complete the installation process

With the installation complete, the next step is to initiate Microsoft Word for example. Go to the START Menu and click on the WORD icon. Doing so will then ask you to accept the license agreement for Microsoft Office 365. Simply click on the ACCEPT AND START WORD button to continue (Fig 1.11 below).

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Fig 1.10  Click on the Microsoft WORD icon to open Microsoft Word


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Fig 1.11  Click on the ACCEPT AND START WORD button to continue

The last step of the installation process is to select the OFFICE OPEN XML FORMATS radio (circle) button, which basically means Microsoft Office 365 will use its own file formats (i.e. .docx and .xlsx) when saving files for example, before clicking on the OK button.

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Fig 1.12  Select the option OFFICE OPEN XML FORMATS before clicking on the OK button

As you can see: The installation itself is relatively simple. What spoils it is the unnecessary login steps.


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