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12-03-2013, 11:11 AM
HI guys

I am building a new PC for a small business.

You helped me yesterday regarding the hard drive selection.

Now its the software!

Single user, only a small contractor with not many jobs per month.

So it will not need to be too powerful.

Just Word, accounting and spreadsheets and backups.

We want to get Windows 7 and Office

Our potential supplier is recommending Windows 7 Home Office 64 bit ! it will be single user.

Why is that ?
is 64 bit any better in a small office situation ?

Or is it because that is all they have in stock ?

I assume it comes with a DVD.

As regards Office Home it comes with a Product key and no media.

Does this mean that we have to download it from Microsoft and then use the key to install it ?


Speedy Gonzales
12-03-2013, 11:28 AM
Only diff with 64 bit. If you want addons, they need to be 64 bit as well. 32 bit addons wont work. I've never heard of Office home, or Win7 Home office. There's a Home premium, but that doesnt inc Office

12-03-2013, 11:38 AM
"Only diff with 64 bit. If you want addons, they need to be 64 bit as well. 32 bit addons wont work"

Thanks for that Speedy, that's good advice.

Speedy Gonzales
12-03-2013, 11:40 AM
Thats if you were talking about 64 bit office. But obviously you'll have to get 64 bit windows so it'll install

Speedy Gonzales
12-03-2013, 11:58 AM
Oh I see what you mean by Office Home and Bus, 2013. There's a student one as well

12-03-2013, 12:16 PM
Just be careful whats purchased, While you may or may not need outlook, Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student is NOT for Business usage, it clearly states Not for Commercial use. Anything that has the word Student or academic / University ( 2010 or 2013) in it basically its illegal to use in a business.

Office 2010 is being phased out rather quickly, I know because I was after a certain version and couldn't get it any more in 2010, had to go to 2013.

Being a New Computer you can use Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Business PKC - its only the product key and costs less, you download the actual program from MS or if you are a registered system builder use the OPK kit.

12-03-2013, 12:16 PM
We want to get Windows 7 and Office

Our potential supplier is recommending Windows 7 Home Office 64 bit ! it will be single user.

What is 'Windows 7 Home Office 64 bit'?

From reading further it looks like you have been quoted Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM and Office Home & Business 2013 OEM.

You definitely want to go for 64bit Windows 7, no reason to stay with 32bit anymore, unless you have some old hardware that only has 32bit drivers available.
For Office you definitely want to stay with 32bit as the 64bit version will cause compatibility with addons and you only really need it if you are doing huge Excel spreadsheets.

For Windows 7 the Home Premium version is fine for a small office that will never have a server.
There is a Home & Student version of Office available but you can't use it a commercial environment plus you won't get Outlook with it for your emails.
The Office OEM/PKC will come just as a license and the company who sells you the computer will have Office installed on there already so you just need to enter in the license key to activate it.

Alex B
12-03-2013, 01:04 PM
XP Mode and the ability to backup to a network share/NAS I'd be going pro. A few years ago at my old job we took over a site where they never expected to get above about 3 PC's, and ended up with about 10, all with XP home, what a nightmare getting it on a domain, we pretty much started from zip.

For anyone else setting up PC's for their mates business etc, seriously consider an out of the box solution from HP/Lenovo/Dell whatever. It's far less mucking around and usually over night parts for warranty support. Just because some of these companies make over price rubbish consumer stuff you certainly should not regard their business gear the same.

12-03-2013, 03:45 PM
as others have said, get a 64 bit Windows operating system, but stick with the 32bit version of Office

15-03-2013, 11:19 PM
There are 64bit Versions of Office? Damn, MS didn't build the notification in i suppose.

Speedy Gonzales
15-03-2013, 11:48 PM
From 2010 I think its been 64 bit

16-03-2013, 10:02 AM
You can get Office in both X86 or 64 Bit.

John H
16-03-2013, 10:38 AM
Can I please slide onto this thread? I am setting up a laptop that is running Win8 64bit - I have installed my existing Office 2007 which I assume to be 32bit, and it is working fine.

However, because I didn't know what I was doing at the time, I installed Firefox 32 bit, and it seems to freeze from time to time. Is there a possible connection between the intermittent freezing and the fact it is 32 bit rather than 64?

How religious do you have to be in matching 64 bit versions of applications to a 64 bit OS?

16-03-2013, 11:33 AM
32 bit apps run fine on a 64 bit OS

Your Firefox issue is something else, try resetting Firefox or reinstalling

I'm not even sure there is a 64bit Firefox version

16-03-2013, 12:00 PM
There is a 64bit firefox, but it is not recommended

John H
16-03-2013, 04:44 PM