Click-to-Run Products

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    We do not support Click-to-Run products for the following reason:

    Click-to-Run products that you download and install from Microsoft are up-to-date from the start. You won’t have to download and apply any updates or service packs immediately after you install the Office product. By default, Click-to-Run products are configured to be updated automatically over time. Users don't have to download or install updates. The Click-to-Run product seamlessly updates itself in the background. You can view the update status of a Click-to-Run product in the Backstage view of the program.


    What is Click-to-Run?




    Click-to-Run is a new way of delivering and updating Microsoft Office to broadband customers using Microsoft virtualization and streaming technologies. Please read below about the benefits of Click-to-Run, as well as information you should know about a compatibility gap between Click-to-Run and some anti-malware solutions.

    Benefits of Click-to-Run:


    1. Click-to-Run is fast, letting you download and use Office in minutes.
    2. People using Click-to-Run get product updates automatically, with no need to download or install patches.
    3. Click-to-Run makes trying Office 2010 easy – it can be used side-by-side with your current version of Office.
    4. Click-to-Run products take up about half the disk space of normal products.


    How does Click-to-Run work?

    Click-to-Run products use streaming. Think of this in the same way you think about streaming video. You get to watch the first part of the video before the entire file downloads. With Click-to-Run, you can start using Office before the entire suite or product has been downloaded. While you are using your application, the rest of Office is being downloaded quietly in the background.

    Why does a “Q:” or “R:” appear for Click-to-Run on my computer?

    With Click-to-Run, you may notice a virtual Q: drive (or R: in some systems) on your PC. The Q:/R: is not a real drive and is not accessible from Windows Explorer or “My Computer.” Click-to-Run products require the installation of a “virtual” file system on a logical drive, which is why you see Q:/R:.

    Click-to-Run and anti-malware software compatibility.

    The Q: drive implementation (or R: in some systems) is not yet completely compatible with some existing anti-malware solutions. Until all anti-malware vendors distribute versions of their software that are compatible with Microsoft virtualization technology, there may be a malware detection and/or remediation gap for users who have installed Office 2010 via Click-to-Run. For more information, read this Click-to-Run article.


    Click-to-Run Products

    Click-to-Run is available for the following products from Office 365:

    •   Office 365 ProPlus
    •   Visio Pro for Office 365
    •   Project Pro for Office 365
    •   SharePoint Designer 2013
    •   Lync 2013
    •   Lync 2013 Basic

    The products that are available to you depend on your Office 365 subscription.

    Click-to-Run is also available for the following retail products:

    •   Office Professional 2013
    •   Office Home and Business 2013
    •   Office Home and Student 2013
    •   Office Professional 2016
    •   Office Home and Business 2016
    •   Office Home and Student 2016