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Is Office 2013 a Click-to-Run version of Microsoft Office

Installing the desktop applications Word, Excel, Outlook etc from a Office 365 Home Premium licence entails going to www.office.com/myaccount and selecting the Install option

Even on an internet connection that isn't that fast (10 Mbps), the setup process runs for only a few seconds and then tells me that it will complete in the background and I can run the applications.  

Sure enough, I can open Word and it's there - after maybe a minute.

Is that a "Click to run" installation, or is it a real installation?

I ask because Excel Add-ons specifically say that they will not work with "Click to run" installations.  There is no CD, and there is no "fullfile" or "offline installer" - it's got to be downloaded and installed via the office.com website (and it doesn't ask for a product key for the second and subsequent PC installations - that's all in the Microsoft Account / Passport)
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It's an accountant's addin called VT Final Accounts

Their notes are at http://www.vtsoftware.co.uk/support/system.htm but I think their assertion that "If you have the Click to run version installed, you need to uninstall Microsoft Office and install the normal version. Your license entitles you to both versions." is not right, and their link is specific to Office purchases through Digital River, not Office 365 subscriptions.

They say "Excel is also available in a Click to run version which is installed virtually (ie you cannot find Excel.exe in the C:\Program files folder or anywhere else on your hard disk). VT Final Accounts is not compatible with this installation of Excel. In VT's experience, very few users have a Click to run installation. The VT set up program will not proceed if you have a Click to run installation (because it cannot find Excel.exe)"

I only have Office 2013 Pro with a full "real" install on this PC, but the machine in question with Office 2013 Click to run, I am sure, DID have excel.exe and winword.exe ... though I'd have to check to confirm.

You may be able to download a copy of the msi file from one of the links here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2013_release-office_install/getting-msi-installers-for-office-2013-bought-from/8c264deb-89e6-46be-ac1d-c0f5cb935cc0?auth=1

The theory of the Click to Run version of Office is that the parts you need will be downloaded on demand. They will also be refreshed on demand as newer builds are available.

Software used to come on floppy disks--1.44 MB each. So it shouldn't be surprising that you could launch Word with full basic features after a minute of downloading on a 10 MBs line.

Thanks - I'll close the question now, it is a Click to Run version and that's what the Q was about... I think we'll be here all day if we try to find an MSI version.  I read but now can't find the page again, but somewhere on the MS website it says that there is no MSI installer for the Office 365 Home Premium program.

If I find one I'll update this question in the future but it's not fair to hold it open as a ransom for something I didn't ask!
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