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


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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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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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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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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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