Can I install OpenOffice.org on a netbook?

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Can I install OpenOffice.org on a netbook?

Postby jjbosko » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:31 am

I recently purchased a Netbook that is running Windows 7 Starter OS. It apparently is a 36-bit OS. Can I install Open Office on this Netbook? If so, which version should I download and install?

Many thanks and Happy New Year.
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Re: Can I install OpenOffice on a NETBOOK

Postby squenson » Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:57 am

Welcome to this forum jjbosko!

Yes you can install OOo on your notebook. Choose the standard Windows version which should be the default one offered from the openoffice.org home page.
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Re: Can I install OpenOffice.org on a netbook?

Postby jrkrideau » Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:08 pm

jjbosko wrote:I recently purchased a Netbook that is running Windows 7 Starter OS. It apparently is a 36-bit OS. Can I install Open Office on this Netbook? If so, which version should I download and install?

Many thanks and Happy New Year.



I have the standard Windows version of OOo installed on my netbook and it seems to be working just fine.
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Re: Can I install OpenOffice.org on a netbook?

Postby Reay » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:37 pm

Morning, all -

I just got a netbook running Windows 7, as well, and downloaded the Open Office suite as one of the first things I knew wanted on it (having used it on my desktop and laptop for a few years at this point, and loving it).

When I hit the downloaded .exe file, I got an error saying that there was something wrong with the file - that it was perhaps incomplete - and to check the original source of the file. So, reluctantly, I started downloading the file a second time, thinking perhaps it had inadvertently truncated the first time. While doing that, I was doing some research on the Open Office site for why this problem may have happened (it's always been a very clean and easy download and install for me previously), and noted that it not only has system requirements list that don't include Windows 7, but that you need a screen resolution of 1024X768 (while the netbook is 1024X600).

I stopped the download, not seeing any point in going further if the documentation suggested I couldn't run Open Office on a Windows 7 system with a lower resolution, but now came across this thread suggesting it should work.

Any ideas why I'd be having this issue?

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Re: Can I install OpenOffice.org on a netbook?

Postby RoryOF » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:59 pm

The system requirements were penned before the 1024x600 screens of Netbooks bcame common. OpenOffice will run well on such a screen - I have it running on my Netbook under Ubuntu. I can't say from personal experience about Windows Vista/7, but there are may reports of difficulties in download and installation with them, which difficulties seem to be easily overcome. Search the Forum; you will notice that many of the helpful Windows 7 advices come from two or three volunteers. Use of their names will narrow your searches.
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Re: Can I install OpenOffice.org on a netbook?

Postby Reay » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:11 pm

Thanks very much, Rory.
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