Can I install Office 365 to Microsoft onedrive ?

  1. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Pro

    Can I install Office 365 to Microsoft onedrive ?

    I want to do a clean reinstall of my Windows 10 as I have done in the past. The bit that bugs me though is having to reinstall Office (and all the other apps), and then set up all the Outlook email addresses again.

    I was wondering if it was possible to install Office 365 to Microsoft OneDrive so I didn't have to reinstall it after a clean Windows install.

    Any help gratefully received.
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  2. Posts : 4,224
    Windows 10

    The issue is not "where does Office live?" which is what your idea would address. The issue is "how does the OS acquire binary access to, and knowledge of Office?" (This includes all the files that have to be copied, settings and preferences established, licensing details seen to, registry entries made, and so forth, that occurs when installation happens.) That is why, alas, you will not be able to escape the tyranny of having to reinstall Office for each clean install you wish to use it in. That said, here's a thought: Why not set up a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V, install Office there, and then load and run that VM when you want to use Office? You can do what you want with the host OS without changing the VM any time you want, and retain ready access to Office through that VM.
    Last edited by EdTittel; 17 Jan 2018 at 09:40. Reason: Clarify installation actions
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  3. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thank you Ed. As you say, a grind and a P.I.T.A.
    I will give your idea a go and see how that works. If it helps at all, I will come back and update so you can point others to it.
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  4. Posts : 12,478
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro

    An experience with an older version of Office when installing on D: showed that, due to the interaction with Windows, Office would still put quite a bit of itself on the same drive/partition as Windows, kinda counter-productive. Other office suites such as LibreOffice don't do that.
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  5. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    I have a paid subscription to 365 so no real point in trying other office products at this time, but I will remember that thanks.
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  6. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    An old thread now but just to update, I did look at LibreOffice and it doesn't have email client which is the main reason I use MS Office, that has a really good email client.

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