Where did this Office come from?

November 9, 2019 at 12:10:30
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Windows 10 came on my new HP laptop in 2016. It also had links
in the Start Menu to "Get Office" and MS Office 365. I didn't
want to subscribe to Office 365, but I needed Word for a project,
so I downloaded a 30-day trial version of MS Office Professional
Plus 2010 for something like $6. I'm done with it now, but haven't
uninstalled it yet.

I just noticed a bunch of entries in my Start Menu for Office 2016:
Access 2016, Excel 2016, Microsoft Office 2016 Tools, OneNote 2016,
Outlook 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Publisher 2016, and Word 2016.

If they had been there previously, I think I would have noticed,
and tried to use them instead of paying for a new download of an
older version of the program.

When I click on the icons now, I get an error message saying that
"Something went wrong".

In Control Panel > Programs and Features, I find entries for
Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010.
No entry for Office 2016.

Strangely, Office 365 is listed as far larger than Office 2010:
289 MB as opposed to 50.9 MB. In what sense is the program
"online" when it takes up far more space on my disk drive than
the full, locally-installed version?

Where did Office 2016 come from? Is there an easy way to determine
if it was part of the HP install, short of re-installing Windows?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
November 9, 2019 at 13:31:19
Possibly part of the hp package?

It predates 365...


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November 9, 2019 at 15:34:59

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