Pursuant to me recent plea for help with my slow PC

Lea Grabb

I ended up purchasing a new PC. I got an HP all-in-one which got delivered yesterday. I shopped until I found what I was looking for. My problem is today, in the process of loading my files I realized that I was going to be unable to access my word documents because it did not come with any Office app. Microsoft Office I could get for a discount, that I don't even know how much it would cost or for how long it would last. Office 365 is $70 for 1 person!! I'm looking on E-bay and I can buy a DVD for less than $5, is that the way to go??? I never imagined that I would have to pay for the rest of my life to be able to access my files! Please help me! I'm just a senior lady who likes to access her genealogy files and her photos! I don't need Microsoft Office! What can I do? I'm ready to send this back to the store!


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jane__ny

Do you have any old Office CD's? If you do, try loading it. I have a new computer, same problem. I have not tried it yet but I did a few years ago on my old computer running Win 7. It worked and it was an old Office CD...Office 03. I was amazed. I plan to try it on my new laptop but it didn't come with a DVD. So, I'll have to buy one to try it.


Worth the try. I also refuse to pay for 365. I have years of old letters and files I'd like to keep. I did back up my old machine to a external harddrive but I'd like to move some of them to this new laptop.

Jane

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Richard (Vero Beach, Florida)

LibreOffice is free, open source and highly regarded.

https://www.libreoffice.org/


It should open your MS Office documents just fine.


"I'm looking on E-bay and I can buy a DVD for less than $5, is that the way to go?"

I've always assumed they were a bit shady. Possibly clean software but with keys the seller isn't authorized to distribute. Keys that might work fine when you install but deactivate at some point in the future if MS detects abuse and blacklists the key. I don't know for sure though because I've never tried it. I figure when there are good free alternate, it's not worth the risk.


I do pay for Office 365, but only for the terabyte of cloud storage. (I use Linux, MS Office is not an option, and LibreOffice came preinstalled)


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dadoes

I have an older version of Office at work that doesn't support the "x" files ... .xlsx, .docx. Libre Office does.

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Lea Grabb

Yes, I have used Libre Office on this last computer, I may go ahead and try it to see if that will help. Can someone explain...if I purchase Office 365 is that still something I will have to pay for yearly? or is it a one time purchase?

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Richard (Vero Beach, Florida)

Yeah, Office 365 is by subscription. (Pay to use it for 365 days)

Office 2019 Home and Student is a one time purchase. It doesn't include everything 365 does but if that's all a person needs, it would be cheaper in the long run.

https://products.office.com/en-us/compare-all-microsoft-office-products?=&wt.mc_id=AID573689_QSG_152206&activetab=tab%3aprimaryr1


" ... I realized that I was going to be unable to access my word documents ... "

If that's all you need, LibreOffice will fill that need for free.


BTW, you can pay for 365 by the month. ($6.99/month)

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mikie_gw

Don't forget you have free office online too.


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Lea Grabb

I don't understand?

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acraftylady

Libre is good. Another one I like is free office. Full featured office suite exactly like MS office. Can't see paying for MS when I only need it for home use and it's not used a lot. Mary

https://www.freeoffice.com/en/freeoffice


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Mo

OpenOffice is another free option. I've been using it for over 10 years.

https://www.openoffice.org/

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Elmer J Fudd

I believe the Open Office project ended some years ago and as a result the software hasn't been updated in awhile. What remains is considered full of security holes and isn't recommended for use. Libre Office forked from the same root as Open Office and is current and updated regularly.

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Mo

Elmer, I think you might be referring to older articles from when it was Oracle OpenOffice. It's now Apache OpenOffice, and is still being updated.

https://blogs.apache.org/OOo/entry/announcing-apache-openoffice-4-13

https://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/

https://www.lifewire.com/libreoffice-vs-openoffice-who-wins-2512178

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acraftylady

The latest version says Sept 2019 so not that long ago. Mary

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Elmer J Fudd

Thanks Mo. I'm an MS Office user but good to know should that change.

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mtvhike

What's on your old computer? Does it have Office and do you still have the installation disks?

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Lea Grabb

Sorry to be so slow to respond.....I've been busy with a new puppy and a new PC! I seem to have the problem solved. The Libreoffice app is working great. I like the way it automatically opens the file without me having to tell it every time. Thanks for all your suggestions. I have a new problem I will need some help with. Generating a new post.










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