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Office Starter & Office - can I delete Starter

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My new Dell XPS8300 came with MS Office Starter (2010). This Starter package includes Word, Excel and Office Tools. I have now installed Office Pro (2010).

Here is my question: is there any reason that I should not delete the whole Office Starter program? In other words, are there any sharred components between the two?  Many of the docs I brought over from my old system were generated using Office 2003 (I think) so the Word files are .doc rather than .docx, for example. As it is now on the new PC, if I click to open a .doc file, it gets opened with the Starter version of Word. If I delete the Starter am I correct in assuming that a .doc file will get opened with the full version of Word?

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Wayne
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If you have installed the full version of Office Pro (which I presume you have) then you will be able to remove the starter version without it causing any problems.  The Pro version basically contains the same core products (along with additional features) and the additional extra products that make up the Office Suite.

The only reason why .doc files are opening up with the starter version is to do with the file associations for that file type.  You can easily change this manually if you wish.  Here is a link to the MS guide to do this

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Change-which-programs-Windows-uses-by-default

Or in short - in windows explorer - click on any file that end .doc, right click, on the menu select Open With  - select choose program and scroll down till you see Word 2010 (that is the XP way of doing it, but pretty much the same across vista and windows 7)
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Done! The only thing missing was a process I had to go through for docs created using the Starter version. I had to enter my Product Key to allow thoses to be opened by the full version of Word.

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Wayne
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