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Office 2010 Click-to-Run

Click-To-Run? Run! Away!

When you purchase Office Home and Student 2010 or Office Home and Business 2010 online, you'll be directed by default to install what Microsoft calls the Click-To-Run (CTR) version of Office. Office 2010 Starter is a CTR version of Office also.

In my opinion, this is an incredibly silly thing for Microsoft to do.

Here's why, directly from MS Mouth: Known Click-to-run issues

In case you don't have time to read the whole thing, here's a summary of some of the problems you might expect to run into:

Microsoft suggests this if you run into problems with CTR: Click-to-Run: Switch to using an MSI-based Office edition

"MSI-based" is Microsoft-speak for "The usual installer you get when you purchase a boxed version."

CTR may be difficult to remove, even if only to install a full version. It's better to get the full version in the first place, but if you've installed CTR and get stuck, try this:

How do I uninstall Office 2003, Office 2007 or Office 2010 suites if I cannot uninstall it from Control Panel?


Click-to-Run: Switch to using an MSI-based Office edition

Here's a summary of the instructions:

From a PowerPoint Forum member about the above:

There's also a Microsoft-supplied "FixIt" to uninstall CTR. When you try to uninstall Office click2run 2010 using kb290301 (MS fixit), you get an error stating problem with client virtualization.

Solution: Start | Run | Services.msc | Client virtualization | Properties | Startup type | Disable\manual |Stop the service | Ok

Restart the computer and then try using FIXIT from kb290301

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Office 2010 Click-to-Run
Last update 18 September, 2012