Solved Download PowerPoint Viewer 2010 to view presentation on a CD

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August 6, 2013 at 14:13:52
Specs: Vista Ultimate, SP2, 3.0Ghz/2Ghz
I wanted to view a presentation on CD but a message box came up saying "the presentation requires Power Point Viewer you want to download it?". Does this mean it wants to download the viewer into memory? I don't want to download it to the hard drive because I currently have Office 2002 on the computer in question and I don't want to foul up that install with something from 2010. The PC in question is old and 2010 would not run on it anyway. I was just wondering if you can use the viewer and not leave any 2010 components behind in the process. Thanks.

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August 6, 2013 at 14:20:54
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You can safely install Powerpoint Viewer 2010 without issue or confliction with older versions of office. It will not run out of memory and will want to install the application to your workstation.

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August 6, 2013 at 15:32:26
Microsoft's reason for requiring installation of Powerpoinv Viewer 2010 instead of a standalone program:
"We’ve received a number of questions about why the PowerPoint 2010 Viewer requires installation, rather than being a no-installation .EXE that can be burned to CDs. Our number one goal is to keep your computers safe and secure; the only way for us to ensure that the PowerPoint Viewer is always up-to-date and secure is by requiring installation, which enables the application to receive future security updates."

It is annoying to install a program for a quick need, so I understand you're desire for a portable version. If your Office 2002 suite includes a copy of Powerpoint, installing Powerpoint Viewer 2010 will likely change the file-type association of .ppt files so the Viewer program opens by default instead of Powerpoint 2002. There are a handful of ways to adjust file-type association, so ask if you don't know how.

You could also try "installing" Portable.
The presentation function within may open and display the powerpoint properly, but compatibility between the two isn't always perfect.

All you need to download is this specific portable application, not the whole Portable Apps program. When you open the downloaded .paf file, open it up and set the "installation" folder to your desktop or wherever. It'll extract the program there and then you can delete the folder as a whole to "uninstall" it like any portable program.

Since Open Office is a whole program rather than a program suite, you need to download the whole 92 MB file instead of a much smaller file for your specific purpose.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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August 6, 2013 at 15:49:16
Most likely it is one of the later compressed files (such as ppsx instead of pps). All the viewer should do is enable you to view the files that Office 2002 cannot recognize. It should not mess up Office 2002 because the viewer is a separate program installed in a different folder.

EDIT: Added a bit more

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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