I have an Acer Aspire Windows 8.1 and concerned about upgrading. I am an old non-technical person so this may sound like a dumb question to the younger generation. Do i get to keep my MS Office software or will this get deleted? If so do I need to buy a new MS office for windows 10? I know the files are deleted but what about the software? thank you
Let's clarify some things to help put your mind at ease:
If you perform a Windows 10 Upgrade of Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office should be left alone and continue to work just fine. While not all applications are guaranteed to work when doing an upgrade, the vast majority of them will continue working just fine. I was thoroughly surprised when I did my first upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 how much of my system was untouched and continued to work just as it had before. Your user files/documents should be left alone when doing an upgrade, but I always take a backup of them just to be safe.
If you are performing a clean install of Windows 10 or a fresh install of Windows 10, this will erase your existing files and applications. You will need to back up your files and reinstall your applications.
To reinstall Microsoft Office, you need two things:
Microsoft Office Installation Media
This is the CD or download which actually contains the Office software required to install office.
Microsoft Office License Key
This is the key (like
XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX) which authorizes you to use a particular version of office. This is what you pay for, and as long as you have your key, you can reinstall Office if it ever gets deleted or corrupted. You can obtain the installation media for free or very cheaply if you lose it, but your key cannot be replaced without buying a new copy of Office.