Running off slave drive

By steelth
Mar 13, 2014
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  1. I put together a comp. with parts of my brothers old comp. For my brother to have a new 1 ,but he wanted programs like office "which is on his old Hard drive" and my widows vista business that I have doesn't have office . So I thought maybe I could put his old hard drive as a slave drive and he would have all his old programs ,but it say's they won't run on that OS. Is there any way around this or am I better off getting office somewhere and fresh installing it ?His old Comp. was a Dell.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    What you want to do can't be done. Has to be installed on that Windows install.

    Does he really need "Microsoft Office"? because there are a few pretty solid free office suites out there, just for some of the more complex formatting causes problems sharing with people that use Microsoft Office.
  3. steelth

    steelth TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 124

    I'll see ,I use Open office so I'm going to try to talk him into that . thank you for the quick reply.
    SNGX1275 likes this.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    Just for clarity, you can access any files on the slave drive, but programs will not run due to the need to have 100's of registry entries on the running C:\ drive. That's what and install.msi does :)

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