Chapter 2. Installing Office 2008


  • Looking at system requirements

  • Installing the Office suite

  • Uninstalling Office

  • Updating your software

  • Troubleshooting problems

Installing any software may seem like a straightforward task. Just pop in a software CD-ROM, and tell it to go. Sometimes the installation process contains nuances or things you need to know before you ever get started. This chapter describes what system requirements are needed, walks you through the installation process, and shows you how to uninstall a program. You also find a few troubleshooting tips and learn how to check for program updates.

System Requirements

If you haven't yet installed your copy of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, this section explains what system requirements are needed. What is a system requirement, you might ask? It's the minimum necessary elements like a computer processor, type of operating system, amount of memory, and hard disk space your computer needs in order to run the software sufficiently. Some items go without saying, like needing a mouse, a modem or other Internet connection, and a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM in which to insert and install the software. Here's a list of minimum requirements:

  • A Mac with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (500 MHz or faster) processor

  • Mac OS X version 10.4.9 or later

  • 512MB of RAM or more

  • 1.5GB of available hard disk space

  • HFS+ hard disk format (also known as Mac OS Extended or HFS Plus)

  • 1024 × 768 or higher screen resolution monitor

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