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Replacing MS Office Home Trial Version with MS Office Professional Plus

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Just purchased a convertible tablet for a gift.  The OS is Windows 8 and comes with MS Office Home.  MS Office Home has not been activated yet, but could be once the gift is delivered.  I will be installing MS Office Professional Plus 2013 shortly after the tablet is opened. Office Pro Plus would be a download from Microsoft, with subsequent installation after that.  

Is it better to activate the MS Office Home trial version and then install on top of it, or remove the MS Office Home Trial? An uninstall would seem to be needed after the Trial period. Would the trial version recognize the serial number as being Pro Plus and then reconfigure itself accordingly.
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by:John Goodger
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I would install MS Office Professional Plus 2013 and use that.
It is possible that you could always restore the device to the Factory default at a later time  using the recovery system and that would contain the trial version which is a good "fall back" option if there are problems with the MS Office Professional Plus 2013 version.
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Will it install it over the unactivated MS Office Home, or side by side and I have to find all of the Home Office registry keys?  Considering that I'll be installing programs as well, I don't believe the recovery will be beneficial for long.
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by:John Goodger
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I think that it will install as a separate program leaving you free to use the home one later. The recovery partition should also remain on the HDD and I do not know why you think it will not be beneficial for long.
Unless you delete the Recovery partition why would it have a short life span?
this of course assumes that the device does have a recovery option.I have only used Windows 7 OS but expect windows 8 to be similar in the question respects.
I would always prefer the Pro version of such a program because of added features.
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by:Cook09
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The free one, since it's just a trial, will be there taking up space.  I don't know how much space it consumes, but your right the Pro Plus is better than the Home Pro.

My comment about the recovery partition would be that it would continue to update itself, i.e. Autobackup, and if Home Pro were uninstalled then it would not be part of the recovery process.

If you've only used Office 7, would you know about Microsoft "encouraging" one to use their Microsoft account e-mail, as the login to their Microsoft User account, every time they log in.  I'm not necessarily against it, but a User name login is shorter than an e-mail address to log in everytime.
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Microsoft recommends removing the Preview version of Office before trying to install Office 2013 "Home and Student", "Home and Business", "Professional" or "Office 365 Home Premium". http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2808268 "Upgrading to Office 2013 or Office 365"

The aforementioned webpage recommends contacting Microsoft Support "if you already have a full version of the new Office product, like Office Home & Student 2013 or Office 365 Home Premium on your PC and you want to switch to another version."  If you follow the link trail, you eventually get to this phone number: 877-254-4698 to "connect directly with a support representative to solve your issue quickly."

If you have already purchased Office 2013 Pro Plus, I suggest proceeding with the uninstall before trying to install the new version.

Microsoft provides a Fix-It tool to remove the old version in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2739501 "How to uninstall Office 2013 or Office 365"

If you have the "Click to Run" version of Office 2013 Pro Plus, it installs to an operational state in a couple of minutes. I was expecting the usual install ordeal, and was quite surprised at how fast Office 2013 installed.

Brad
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by:John Goodger
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I do not think that the Recovery partition does auto update it is there to restore back to the factory default.
I am not aware of the MS login process without using the email address.
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by:Cook09
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Appreciate the links and phone numbers to get the information needed.  Yes, the first one should be removed, then the Pro Plus added.   However, for Win 8.1, the individual apps needed to be manually added.  One needs to know how to use 8.1 for this to proceed smoothly.  Although, one needs to upgrade to 8.1 from 8 prior to doing a lot of upgrades or customizations.
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