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How to Install Office 97 Using a USB Flash Drive

Updated April 17, 2017

Microsoft Office 97 is a software suite designed to run on older operating systems like Windows 95, but can run on newer editions of Windows, like Windows XP. Unlike MS Office 2010, which users can download from the Microsoft website, Office 97's set-up files are stored to a CD. Since CDs are highly susceptible to damage, backing up the set-up files to a more reliable storage device, like a USB flash drive, can preserve the data. If you ever need to reinstall the application from the flash drive, you can run the program's set-up file to install the software suite to your computer.

Click "Start." Click "Computer." Connect the USB flash drive to the computer. A new drive will appear in the list of storage devices. Double-click the letter assigned to the USB drive.

Double-click "setup.exe" to launch Microsoft Office 97 Setup. Click "Continue" on the "Welcome" screen.

Enter your name and organisation (optional) into the appropriate fields. Click "OK."

Enter your 11-digit product key into the required fields. Click "OK." Select a folder to install Microsoft Office 97 to, or use the default folder. Click "OK."

Click "Typical" or "Custom." Put a check in the box next to each component you want to install. Click "Continue." Office 97 will install from the USB flash drive.

Click "OK" when the installation is complete.

Things You'll Need

  • USB flash drive
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Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.