How to Install PowerPoint

Many users choose not to install PowerPoint with Microsoft Office, thinking they'll never need it. PowerPoint comes with the Microsoft Office bundle, but unless you plan on making presentations, it takes up a decent amount of hard drive space that can be used for other software or data files. If you've found a need for PowerPoint and you've already installed Office, don't worry, it's easy to add it. 

PowerPoint Requirements
In order to run the latest version of PowerPoint, you must have the following:

  • Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista or Windows XP
  • 64 MB RAM for Windows 2000, 128 MB RAM for Windows Server 2003, 512 MB RAM for Windows Vista
  • 5 MB of free hard disk space
  • A Super VGA (800 x 600) screen resolution or higher

PowerPoint is only available as part of the Microsoft Office suite. There is no separate download, although a limited-time demo version is available. To install it, you can either use the Microsoft Office disc or download Office directly from Microsoft. Always download PowerPoint or a PowerPoint upgrade directly from Microsoft's site, so that you do not put yourself at risk for viruses, spyware and adware.

Installing from a Disc
Insert the disk into your optical drive. A splash screen will appear. If you already have other Office components installed, choose Custom installation. Select PowerPoint from the list and turn everything else off. You may get some error messages about missing components. If you already have Office installed, you can ignore them. If you're installing all of Office, choose Normal Install to get all of the components needed, as well as Excel and Microsoft Word.

PowerPoint will install and you will be prompted to restart your computer to run the new software. Be sure to check Microsoft's site for any security patches before you run PowerPoint for the first time.

Installing from a Download
Make a note of where the software download is stored on your hard drive. Locate the installer icon and double click it. If you currently have Office installed, double clicking the installer should give you the option to add PowerPoint.

As with a disc install, choose Custom Install if you already have Office on your computer. Uncheck everything but PowerPoint from the list and complete the installation. Restart your computer to use your new software.

Direct downloads don't always contain the latest security patches, so it's a good idea to visit the Microsoft site after installation to see if there are any additional patches or upgrades needed.

PowerPoint Viewer
If you need a Powerpoint viewer, you can download it for free from Microsoft's Web site. Double click the icon from your desktop or choose Install from the Download window if you use Firefox.

If you want to remove Powerpoint Viewer from your system, click Start>Settings>Control Panel. Double click the Add/Remove Programs button. Select Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007. Click Remove or Add/Remove to start the uninstall process.

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