How to Insert Microsoft Office When Your PC Doesn't Have a CD Drive

By Laurel Storm

Don't let the lack of a CD drive stop you from installing Microsoft Office software on your PC.
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Modern laptops and netbooks, as well as some desktop PCs, can come with or without a CD or DVD drive. The latter option prevents you from being able to install Microsoft Office from a disc. Rather than struggle to run your business without this important software suite, you can download and install Office directly from the Microsoft website. Depending on your Internet connection's speed, the installation may take some time. However, Microsoft's Click-to-Run install technology downloads and installs core program files quickly, making it possible to start using Office almost immediately while non-essential files continue to download in the background.

Locate the product key on your Microsoft Office CD or DVD. This is a 25-character code made up both letters and numbers; it can usually be found either on the front of the disc packaging or on the back of the card inside the packaging.

Navigate to the Office setup page (see link in Resources). Type your product key in the text boxes and click "Get Started."

Sign in to your Microsoft account. If you don't already have a Microsoft account, you will need to create one to proceed. You will need to provide your name, birth date, country and post code; you will also need to either provide your current email address or sign up for a new Microsoft email address. The process is free.

Wait for the system to validate your product key. Once the process is complete, click "Download," "Run" and then click "Install" to begin the installation process. The installer software will inform you when core program files have been installed and you can start using Office; however, ensure you remain connected to the Internet until the process is complete and all program files have been downloaded and installed.