Before installing Microsoft Office, make sure your computer specs meet the system requirements.
Checking specs first helps you avoid installation problems that occur when your system does not meet the recommended or minimum requirements. Even if the software installs on an inadequate system, it may not function properly.
Most stores do not let you return opened software. So check the retail box or the download website for the system requirements BEFORE you buy the software (or at least before you open it).
Don't try to install software that is not recommended for your system. It is a waste of time and money, and it can even crash your computer.
Software programs usually have hardware requirements for one or more of the following:
You need to make sure your computer meets at least the minimum requirements of the software you want to purchase.
Tech Note: Often the minimum system requirements do not provide the best performance. Microsoft Office will run faster if your system meets the recommended requirements.
It doesn't do any good to know the software requirements if you don’t know what your system specifications are.
To find your computer specs, do the following:
Compare your processor speed, installed RAM, and operating system with the software requirements. If your system meets or beats the minimum requirements, it is safe to install the software.
If you have any of the following errors while running Microsoft Word or Office, that is an indication that your system does not meet the the recommended specifications:
There are other issues that can cause some of these problems, such as working on a document that contains more than 100 pages or too many large images, or a hardware failure. If you experience any of these problems, double-check that your computer meets the recommended system requirements for the Microsoft Office version you installed.
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