Why is Office 2010 Starter using Q drive & alternatives to stop it using Q drive

I have purchased a HP DV6 Notebook with Windows 7 Home Premium. I installed Office 2010 Starter, and now Q: drive is unavailable, when it was a network drive letter before. Please note that I am aware of Microsoft's brilliant decision to allocate Q: drive as its (and no-one else's) Virtual Drive to install briefly from, but then to retain forever. I am looking for alternative options, and if need be will uninstall Office 2010 Starter and never purchase or run anything from Microsoft.
 

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Last updated March 19, 2018 Views 246 Applies to:
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Office Starter is preinstalled by the PC maker, there is no download available from MS, nore can you purchase Office Starter

Office Starter uses the virtual Q drive, which cannot be accessed by the end user, nor can you change this.

 

If you want the std MS Office type of installation you will have to purchase the version you require.

As it is you havent purrchased anything from MS, you purchased from HP which contained a preinstalled version of Win and Office Starter, all of which is supported by HP, and not MS.

(BTW MS is in the process of withdrawing Office Starter as a preinstalled option when you purchase a new PC)

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Hello

 

The Q drive is a virtualization drive for "Click-2-Run" products from Microsoft. Here is a link with more info about it: What is CLICK-2-RUN

Office Starter contains Word and Excel

 

Office Starter is making way for the Office Web Apps, which is a free online version of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote.

 

As an alternative...

If you purchase Office 2010 online and do not want to use the Click-2-Run version, you can switch to the traditional MSI installation.

 

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