I am installing Office 2007 on a dell minspirion mini with no optical drive. So i copied the disk to the hard drive and tried running the setup.exe using the administrator account and using different options of compatability. It always does the same thing. A dos window flashes open and then it closes and nothing more happens.
That's because all the references Setup.exe encounters to files it needs refer to an optical drive and not to C:. Sooner or later you'll need an optical for that netbook so buy a cheap USB external on e-Bay or in your local PC shop.
I suspected that might be the problem.
I'm just setting up the mini for an older woman that travels alot but doesm't know anything about computers I've never had a need for an external, but it looks like a good time to get one.
Thank's for the help, much appreciated
I got an external usb powered drive and it installed fine. I tried the office 2007 disk clicked the setup file and the same result occured. The dos window opens, a short line runs and it immediately closes and nothing else happens.
I tried every compatability setting including the reccomended and the results were the same.
Doesn't sound like a standard Office 2007 disk to me. Could it be a network edition? It's either that or the system has remembered previous install attempts and is throwing the same message as before. You'd need to look in the Registry at H_KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Software>Microsoft and delete all the Office keys.
Sorry for the delay in replying.
I deleted the entries in the registry and tried again and got the same result.
The disk is an enterprise edition.
I gave up on the Office 2007 disk nd installed Office XP. It installed and worked fine.