How do I get Office without a Optical drive without a external drive?

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  1. NewGuyHere macrumors regular

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    The title pretty much sums it up. I am getting a 2012 MBP 15" and I was wondering how can I get Office onto it without getting an external drive. It is a cd form of office.
     
  2. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    download it from the app store, or get an external drive, install office, and bring the drive back to the retailer!
     
  3. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Can't you turn the trial into a full version by buying?

    http://www.microsoft.com/mac/trial

    Also just get an external optical drive. They're going for $20-30.

    P.S. New MBP isn't out yet.
     
  4. NewGuyHere thread starter macrumors regular

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    No I mean I have the CD already, I used on of its downloads on my macbook pro 13" 2011, and I want to install it when the new one comes out, but they don't have optical drives anymore. I am too bum to drop 30 on an external drive -_-.
     
  5. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a

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    This is the dumbest thing I have ever read.
     
  6. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    1) Buying a brand new ~$1500-$2000 MBP but too "bum" to buy an external drive? lol

    2) If you have another computer in the house you can share it's optical drive to your new MBP.

    3) You could copy the install CD onto a USB drive using your old MBP and then use that to install on your new MBP.
     
  7. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Just make a .iso on another computer (easy with Diskutility) and copy it to an external drive and install from your laptop.

    Yeesh!

    Or...like I said, get a $20 external BD drive.
     
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  9. NewGuyHere thread starter macrumors regular

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    The 2011 13" is my dad's just so you know..if that is what makes it dumb.
     
  10. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a

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    It's still dumb.
     
  11. NewGuyHere thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, thank you for not contributing to the thread then? :confused:
     
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  13. Medic278, May 14, 2012
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    Medic278 macrumors 6502a

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    If you have another machine with a DVD in it you can create a bootable disk image of your retail DVD on it and use that. TO a USB or external HDD
     
  14. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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    If you have another computer somewhere you can drag the contents onto a USB stick and install it from there.
     
  15. Medic278 macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly what I meant only I didn't complete my thought lol
     
  16. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    What makes it dumb is that apparently you can afford/acquire a brand new 15" MBP (an $1800 machine at a minimum), but can't swing $30 for an external DVD drive.

    Even if the MBP is a gift, $30 isn't really a lot of money these days...
     
  17. Ricky Smith macrumors regular

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    What's stupid is there's not even an announced 2012 MBP yet and you're already worrying about it not having a DVD drive as if this has been confirmed.
     
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    I went from a 2008 15" MBP to a new 13" MBA (which doesn't have a DVD drive) recently. When I setup the MBA, I just plugged in my time machine backup disk and let the software do its thing. It moved all my old programs and data - including MS Office - to the MBA.

    Everything worked perfectly, no reinstallation from disks was required. Final Cut Pro made me enter my serial number again, and Photoshop made me click something to activate. But Office and all my other software just worked without doing anything special.

    Wouldn't that also work for you? Or maybe I'm missing something?
     
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    This!
     

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