New to Mac, trying to install Office 2008 for Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mtalsma, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. mtalsma macrumors newbie


    Aug 28, 2009
    Hello All,

    I am brand new today to Mac. I'm a PC user of 15 + years. I purchased a brand new imac today, 2.66 ghz, 4 gigs of ram, etc. I purchased a copy of MS Office 2008 along with it as I need it for school. The computer came with an upgrade to Snow Leopard so I installed that first, had no issues. I am now trying to install my copy of Office and it keeps spitting out the CD. I put in a music cd and it played fine. Please help??!!
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Test the Office disc with another Mac (if you have access to one). If it does the same thing you'll need to request a replacement disk from Microsoft. I doubt there's anything wrong with the drive if it was able to read the Snow Leopard disc.
  3. surflordca macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    You sure you bought the Mac version :confused: Just a thought...
  4. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2003
    A simple restart can fix 95% of Mac problems. Try that.
  5. acurafan macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
    if it says Office "2008" - there is no PC version.
  6. dandaman2 macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2008
    Congrats on the mac.
    Here's your issue. You installed SL before Office, yes?
    Office is designed for PowerPC macs, but luckily, Apple designed a solution for that, called Rosetta, that translates the PowerPC Binaries to Intel Binaries. This was a standard install on 10.4, Tiger, 10.5, Leopard, and in order to get down up to 7.0 GB HD savings on SL, they decided to make Rosetta an optional install.

    What you have to do is pop your SL disk back into the mac. Double click optional installs. You want the optional installs mpkg. Run it. It should be pretty self explanatory from there... make sure Rosetta is checked on the appropriate screen. When all is said and done, quit the installer and try installing MS Office again. If that doesn't work, tell us what happened and we'll do what we can to get your new mac working.
  7. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2003
    Office 2008 is a Universal app
  8. krayziekray macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2008
    I also had to install Rosetta to install Office 2008. So yes, try that.

    Also, looking at the sizes, i remember Rosetta only being 1.9MB, surly Apple should have made this part of the basic install.

    :apple: KrayzieKray :apple:
  9. Rich1803 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2009
    Quite true...Now I had Office 2008 already installed and after installing SL when I opened indicated I needed to download Rosetta. By the way I only use IWork once I found its beauty. The only reason I called up MSWord was to see if if SL had disabled it.
  10. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    It's not a size issue, it's a "try to force developers to compile for Intel" issue.
  11. krayziekray macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2008
    Fair point. :)

    But since they offered Rosetta as a separate install, i don't see how they are forcing developers to compile for Intel. Maybe it's just me, but it just doesn't make much sense. :confused:

    :apple: KrayzieKray :apple:
  12. packhater macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2008
    Rosetta not needed! :)

    You don't need Rosetta to RUN Office 08, only to INSTALL it!

    It seems like a waste to install it just for that but I understand that would be the easier route to go.....Here's a way to install Office 08 without installing Rosetta if you want your machine to stay as clean as possible.....

    To install Microsoft Office 2008 without Rosetta, try the following:

    1. Download the following Office updates (you will need them later):

    a. Download Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Service Pack 1 (12.1.0) (180 MB)
    b. Download Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Service Pack 2 (12.2.0) (297 MB)
    c. Download Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.1 Update (24 MB)

    2. Install Microsoft Office 2008 using Terminal (command line), enter the following command and your password when prompted:


    sudo installer -package /Volumes/Office\ 2008/Office\ Installer.mpkg -target /

    Where /Volumes/Office\ 2008/Office\ Installer.mpkg is the path to your Office 2008 installation package. If you're not sure what the path is as it may differ from the above example, this will complete it for you:

    Enter: sudo installer -package<space>, then drag Office Installer.mpkg from your Office 2008 CD or Disk Image to the Terminal window, and then type: -target /

    3. After the installation has completed, close Terminal and install the Office Updates that you downloaded in step 1 as normal and in order, a, b, c.
  13. dandaman2 macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2008
    I don't think I would consider it a waste, considering the HD space any new mac's going to have nowadays and the amount of useful software out there that might not be intel ready (out of development or something to that extent), albeit most of it wouldn't be sl compatible anyway. It's not that big, so you might as wel throw it on just in case.
  14. Joemero macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2009
    Let me get this straight, I already have MS Office 2008 installed. I just got my SL upgrade disc today and am thinking about installing it, If my MS Office 2008 is already installed and i just go through the SL upgrade I will have no problems??
  15. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    @ Joemero: If it's any consolation I had Office 2008 on my MacBook Pro before upgrading to 10.6 and it still works after the upgrade. You may want to consider running Microsoft AutoUpdate before or after the 10.6 installation to make sure you have the latest version installed to avoid any possible complications. Also run Font Book in /Applications after installation to have it resolve any duplicate fonts you have installed on the system.
  16. joshcali macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2007
    Thank you for the tip!!!!!!

    Is there any way to know what's being installed and manage it?
    I basically only want some stuff, like word, but not entourage/powerpoint, etc...

    also I'm really worried about bloatware with office.
    *sigh* I wish someone would just post the version of the installer that doesn't require rosetta, and then I could create my own hybrid disk :)
  17. Fireguyy macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2009
    This is what I did and it worked fine for me. I did not need to install Rosetta
  18. dandaman2 macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2008
    It did not work like that for me, and I already had mso installed, but whatever. I'm pretty sure you can customize the install with the installer at some point. but if you only want word, why drop ca$h on the whole mpkg? get something good and free like Open Office, which also has a quality spreadsheet app.

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