One of the perks of using Microsoft Office Home & Student 2010 is that it's significantly cheaper than Office Home & Business and Office Professional. Home & Student includes the Office essentials Word, Excel and PowerPoint, which are the most commonly-used programs in Office. Microsoft provides a 60-day free trial of Office Home & Student, which you can easily install on your computer after downloading from Microsoft Office.
Sign up for a Microsoft account on the Microsoft website (buyoffice.Microsoft.com/USA/product.aspx?family=o14_officehs_try). You must have a Microsoft Live ID to register with Microsoft Office, but you can easily register for this free service by entering some basic information at live.com. After registering, you can download and install Home & Student.
Click "Download Now" from the Microsoft Office Home & Student trial page. Save the file to your desktop.
Go to your desktop and double-click the Office installation file. When prompted, enter the product key that was given to you when you registered. The download will subsequently begin. Office 2010 Trial uses "Click-Run" technology, which allows you to start using Office while it is still downloading.
Go to "Start" and select "Programs" if you have a PC that came with the Office 2007 trial. Look for Microsoft Office and select "Try Microsoft Office 2007 for 60 Days." Installation will begin and you'll be prompted to enter the Office product key that came with your computer. After entering the product key, Office will continue to install. This is only if you already have an Office 2007 option on your PC and haven't already used the free trial.