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I have a machine running Windows Vista for Business which I legitimately 'inherited' from an employer when they made me redundant.

I have no real use for this machine, so would like to give it to my father who is currently languishing on a very slow Windows XP machine, where he mainly does standard office style tasks using Microsoft Office Home & Student edition (he's a semi-retired university lecturer).

Will MS Office Home & Student edition work correctly with Vista for Business or will it complain because of the conflicting target audiences?

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No. Office does not care which edition of Windows it is installed on, only the version. For example, Office 2010 has its system requirements spelled out here does not say anything about the edition of Windows.

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