How to Install Microsoft Office XP Professional

By M. Wade

Install Microsoft Office XP Professional
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Released in 2002, Microsoft Office XP Professional (also called Office 2002) is a software suite containing popular Microsoft productivity programs. Office XP Professional offers Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access. Before you can use any of the programs in Microsoft Office XP Professional, you must install all of the programs and update it to Service Pack 3 (SP3), which is the final update released for Office XP.

Insert the installation CD and wait for the setup wizard to load. After you insert the installation CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive, a dialog box will appear prompting you to begin installation. If this dialog box does not appear, double-click your CD drive and explore the contents of the CD. Double-click the file called "setup.exe" to start installation.

Select an installation type. In the setup wizard, click the "Next" button until the dialog box asks you to select an installation type. You must select either "Minimum," "Typical" or "Advanced" installation. Although the "Typical" installation is recommended, you can select "Minimum" if you wish to use as little hard disk space as possible to install Microsoft Office XP. Selecting "Advanced" will require you to select individual components you wish to install. Do not choose this installation type if you are unfamiliar with these components.

Finish the setup wizard and restart your computer. Click "Next" and wait for the progress bar to indicate that the installation was successful. Click "Finish" to close the dialog box and finish installation. When the dialog box closes, restart your computer.

Install Service Pack 3. After you have successfully installed Microsoft Office XP Professional, you will need to update the software suite by installing Service Pack 3 (SP3), the office suite's final service pack. You can download SP3 from Microsoft's website (see Resources). Double-click the SP3 file to begin the update and follow the onscreen instructions. When SP3 has successfully been installed, a small dialog box will appear indicating this. Click "OK" to close the dialog box. You can now begin to use the programs of Microsoft Office XP Professional.