Can someone explain to me exactly what MS Office Click to Run is?


glasskuter

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Title says it all. For some reason I don't understand MS explanation of it. I always thought it had something to do with Ofc 365.
I actually use Office 2021.
 

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It's Office Home and Business which I use (2016 version). Whenever there's an update, Reliability Monitor shows it as click-to-run update.
 

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    Windows 11 Home
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    Microsoft Office 2021 Plus
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I don't know what it is or what it does - but if I stop and disable it none of my Office apps will load. So I restarted it.
 

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    Intel i5-12600K 3700 MHz
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    Asus B660-M
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    16 GB
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    Primary: LG 4K; Secondary: Dell U2412M
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    C: Samsung NVme SSD970 256K
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    Brave
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I always thought it had something to do with Ofc 365.
I actually use Office 2021.
Click-to-Run (C2R) was first introduced with Office 2010 as an alternative to the traditional .msi intaller. I have a C2R install of Office Starter 2010 on my System One.

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These may explain it better than MS does.....

Office 2010 introduces a new Click-to-Run installation process based on Microsoft App-V Version 4 streaming and virtualization technology as an alternative to the traditional Windows Installer-based installation process for the Home and Student and Home and Business editions, and as a mandatory installation process for the Starter edition. Click-to-Run products install in a virtualized environment (a Q: partition) that downloads product features in the background after the programs have been installed so that users can immediately begin using the programs. The download process is optimized for broadband connections.

Traditional software downloads require a complete (and sometimes lengthy) download before the product can be unpackaged, installed and used on an endpoint computer. Click-to-Run streams Office installs over a network, much the same way YouTube streams videos to website visitors. Streaming allows the end user to open and use Office before the entire software suite has been downloaded. If the end user clicks on a part of Office that has not yet been downloaded, Click-to-Run will jump ahead to that part of Office and make it available. Once the entire download is complete and the software has been installed, the end user can run Office offline.
 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
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    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
Thanks Bree - but that seems like a rather large boatload of software to deal with something that gets installed only once. Granted installing Office is a pain (clicking all the appropriate options is tedious to say the least), but how often does anyone do that? Maybe once every 3 - 4 years? I'd rather delete it all and get the disk space back. But it doesn't seem like there is any way to do this and still have the Office apps run.
 

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    Kensington ExpertMouse trackball
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Hi,
Nickname is click to attack :cool:
 

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Basically it is an install method to replace the MSI method

According to techtarget.com Techtarget Microsoft-Click-To-Run, Click-to-Run uses embedded App-V 5 technology to run Office in an isolated environment. This feature allows multiple versions of Office to run on the same computer.

At learn.microsoft.com Office Click-to-Run (C2R) states “Click-to-Run is a new way to deliver and update Microsoft Office to broadband customers. Click-to-Run uses Microsoft virtualization and streaming technologies.”

I have OneDrive Personal, 365 minimal for storage and Office 2016 Pro Plus. This version (Word) is licensed for several more years and the latest update is “Version 2403 (Build 17425.20176 Click-to-Run) Current Channel”. This is the same for all the office apps. This slightly behind MS 365 whose Build is 16.0.17622.41006.

(Personal note, I’d rather own my office for 1 price than rent from MS.)

Regards, Charles
 

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The "Microsoft Office Click-to-Run" process is responsible for updating and maintaining your Microsoft Office applications. It is designed to run in the background and ensure that your Office applications are up to date and functioning properly.

I’d say just ignore it and let it do its thing?
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
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    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
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    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
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    All over the place
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    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
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    …still on a horse.
@glasskuter Click-to-run was installed on both my devices with MS Office Home 2019. I tried disabling ClickToRunSvc, setting it's startup type to Manual, as well as using a batch file to enable the enable the Service before loading an MS Office App, but it didn't work for me. In the end, It generally only utilizes a small amount of RAM, so I've done as @antspants suggested, sublimated my OCD, and just ignored it.
 

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    Z690 : 9D2HH Foxconn, R6PCT Foxconn 2nd
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    16GB (2 x 8)
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    Integrated
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    Vivaldi
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    Windows Defender (native)
sublimated my OCD, and just ignored it

Just try to think of it as your friend :-)
A minimal guardian angel. A fairy Godmother…
The space or resources you would save I would imagine would be absolutely minimal in my opinion, to a degree that it would make no difference. Also, I believe it is actually an integral part of keeping Office running smoothly.
 

My Computers

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

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