How to install Office on a netbook?

Netbooks generally lack CD or DVD drives, but installing Office 2010 Professional (or just about any software that comes on CD or DVD) only takes a few extra steps.

Here's one way to do it...

Things you'll need:

  1. Second computer with a CD or DVD drive.
  2. USB drive that has enough capacity to store the CD/DVD contents.

You'll need a computer with a CD or DVD drive that can read your Office 2010 installation CD/DVD. Here's what you do:

  1. Using the second computer, copy the contents of the CD/DVD to your USB drive.
  2. A trial version of Office came with my Acer Aspire One netbook. To get as clean an installation as possible, I uninstalled Office from my netbook first.
  3. Plug the USB drive into your netbook.
  4. Run the Office Setup file from your USB drive.
  5. Make sure you have the product key.
  6. Install, activate and enjoy your Office 2010 Professional installation!

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