Resolved Office 2008 Install Without DVD

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  1. englishman, Dec 27, 2012
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    englishman macrumors 6502a

    englishman

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    *** All OK now *** Got hold of an online img, entered my serial and applied updates

    Just got a Mini with no DVD.

    I have Home & Student edition Office 2008 with 3 serials but can't install as no DVD drive.

    I have no external drive and cannot use remote disk

    Am I stuck?
     
  2. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

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    If you can find a computer with dvd drive (work, friend, rental) and make a disk image file (.dmg, .iso) of the installation disk, it should install off of thumb drive. It worked for me to install Windows in Parallels.
     
  3. justperry macrumors 604

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    No need to, you can just copy the installer on the disk.
    See Screenshot.
     

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  4. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't seen an office install disk. So you're saying just copy the installer file, which is a disk image, onto a thumb drive?
     
  5. colourfastt macrumors 6502a

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    If it's a new Mini you need to check to see if you can install it at all. The Office '08 installer needs Rosetta to run.
     
  6. RUGERMAN macrumors regular

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    install

    I installed 08 from a dvd on an IMAC running ML, no Rosetta, no problem.
     
  7. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Mmmh... Rosetta? It seemed to work fine on my old 2010 ML Mac Pro? - I have a DVD X14-93209-02

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    Its getting used to these new ways of working - no DVDs - Cloud etc - rights

    Previously I had a stack of CDs/DVDs and backups for apps, OS and drivers

    Now I pretty much download on demand when needed and keep no CDs

    I guess if I upgraded to 2011 I'd be ok?
     
  8. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks I guess I may have to do that. I'm old enough to remember floppy disks too and the time when they started being phased out.

    My preference is to go with the new downloads and cloud services. I can see the advantage of having no physical media.

    For example I reinstalled OSX today with no media. I want to try not to go backwards. Maybe I'll just upgrade to 2011.
     
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    Interestingly, it only needs Rosetta under 10.6 and earlier. 10.7 and newer manage to run the installer without Rosetta.
     
  10. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Managed to get hold of an image and it accepted one of my serials. Now just applying updates - messy.
     
  11. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    You can easily download an office installer though a torrent. Till the time you use your own serial key, I doubt this would be illegal. Alternatively, do what others suggested or just go to an Apple store as they have the USB super drives or go to MSFT and ask for installer.
     
  12. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for everyone's suggestions and help but I want to try to prevent going backwards with drives as things seem to be moving to online delivery and storage - although USB sticks are still needed.
     
  13. justperry macrumors 604

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    The office 2008 installer which you see in the Screenshot I attached is not a disk image, you can clearly see that in the Info, so yes you can copy that to whatever media.
     
  14. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, ya see how that worked for ya :)
     

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