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Old 06-03-2013, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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I have quite a dilemma. My 92 year old grandfather recently purchased a new desktop computer with windows 7 after his old desktop died. He didn't know it at the time, but his new desktop did not come with Word (or Office). Word is literally the only thing he uses his computer for. He writes letters, prints them off, and that is it. He has requested the software as his Father's Day gift.

Here is the next difficult issue. He does NOT have the internet, has no interest in getting it, and it will not happen. Therefore, IF it is possible to buy Word as a standalone product, it must come on a CD. We cannot get the software that just has the product code that he can download online.

My mom lives about 1.5 hours away and it is not feasible for her to bring the computer to her house and download the software and then take it back to his house. Besides, she has satellite internet because she lives in a rural area and I don't know how long that would take to download.

Fry's said they would download the software for him (not sure if it's just Word or all of Office), but that he would obviously need to bring the computer to them in order for that to happen and they would charge for it. That is not feasible as well because he's 92 and can barely lift anything. Even if he could lift it and put it in the car, he does not know how to put it back together once he gets home and he would have to wait for someone to come help him.

So, is it even possible to buy Word by itself, and if it is, is it possible to buy it on a disc?
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:29 PM
 
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Microsoft no longer distributes physical media for Microsoft Office through retail outlets.

After you purchase a Microsoft Office license, you can purchase the disc. You can find instructions how to do this here: Downloading or getting media for Office 2013 or Office 365

Microsoft no longer sells Microsoft Word as a separate component.
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Payin' through the nose, but here it is:

VioSoftware: Microsoft Word 2003 059-04263

I have bought from Vio before and think they are reliable.

Office 2003 will not be supported starting sometime in 2014, but that is much less an issue if he has no internet access.

Heck, I have a disc for Office '97 I will mail you if you want it.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:23 PM
 
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I agree with VioSoftware. I've purchased from them with no problem.

That's a great offer you made. Hopefully it's a version his grandfather could use.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Roselle, IL
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Which version of Office was he using previously? Word 2007 and above use something called 'Ribbon' *VERY* different User Interface. It took me a while to get used to it (and I still don't like it) and I have a CS degree.

I would suggest looking into LibreOffice, which is a very good Office alternative. It is free to download, but according to this page: LibreOffice North American Community DVD - English version You can also have a DVD shipped to you.
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Which version of Office was he using previously? Word 2007 and above use something called 'Ribbon' *VERY* different User Interface. It took me a while to get used to it (and I still don't like it) and I have a CS degree.

I would suggest looking into LibreOffice, which is a very good Office alternative. It is free to download, but according to this page: LibreOffice North American Community DVD - English version You can also have a DVD shipped to you.
I'd second the LibreOffice. I have been a frequent user of MS Office tools on the job but never had Office rights at home. You'll ifnd the LibreOffice to be so much like the Office stuff you might just think it's an upgrade. I don't think it will disappoint. It should work seamlessly with existing MS documents.

https://www.libreoffice.org/download/

Good luck..
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:20 PM
 
Location: London, U.K.
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Op, why can't you just download the office install file and put it on a usb/disc for him?
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:06 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Default Word vs WordPad ?

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I have quite a dilemma. My 92 year old grandfather recently purchased a new desktop computer with windows 7 after his old desktop died. He didn't know it at the time, but his new desktop did not come with Word (or Office). Word is literally the only thing he uses his computer for. He writes letters, prints them off, and that is it. He has requested the software as his Father's Day gift.

Here is the next difficult issue. He does NOT have the internet, has no interest in getting it, and it will not happen. Therefore, IF it is possible to buy Word as a standalone product, it must come on a CD. We cannot get the software that just has the product code that he can download online.

My mom lives about 1.5 hours away and it is not feasible for her to bring the computer to her house and download the software and then take it back to his house. Besides, she has satellite internet because she lives in a rural area and I don't know how long that would take to download.

Fry's said they would download the software for him (not sure if it's just Word or all of Office), but that he would obviously need to bring the computer to them in order for that to happen and they would charge for it. That is not feasible as well because he's 92 and can barely lift anything. Even if he could lift it and put it in the car, he does not know how to put it back together once he gets home and he would have to wait for someone to come help him.

So, is it even possible to buy Word by itself, and if it is, is it possible to buy it on a disc?
Does he actually need MS Word ?? Could he get by with WordPad, which is included in Win 7 ??
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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How old was the computer he replaced? Have you tried loading his old CD?

You do know, even if you find an older version on CD it still will require activation.

Why don't you download AOL dial up to it and cancel it within 30 days so the account would be free. So for the 30 days, and numerous hours, he can download and activate as needed and be done with it.

http://get.aol.com/plans/index.php?regtype=client&offergrp=webreg&connectio n=nb&ncid=searchusaolp00000185&s_kwcid=TC|16916|ao l%20dial%20up||S|p|34839149754
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:40 PM
 
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office 2007 loads on window 7 normally. Its also available at amazon ; have it sent to him.125.00
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