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This article describes how to troubleshoot Microsoft Office for Mac 2004 installation issues. The "More Information" section addresses the following topics:
System requirementsAlways confirm that your computer meets the minimum system requirements for the Microsoft program that you want to install.
To run Microsoft Office 2004, your computer must meet the following minimum requirements:
To use all of the features available in Office 2004, we recommend that you have the following additional items and services:
PermissionsTo install software in the Applications folder or on the hard disk of a computer that is running Mac OS X, you must have administrator permissions. Alternatively, you can provide the administrator user name and password when you install the software.
The first account that is created on a computer typically has administrative permissions. However, if you are not sure whether your account has the required permissions, follow these steps:
Additionally, while you install your Microsoft product, you may receive an error message. The error message states that you do not have Read permission or Write permission to the folder where you want to install the software. This issue may occur if the folder has restrictive permissions that do not include the administrator. To work around this issue, follow these steps:
Damaged mediaDuring installation, you may receive the following error message:
When this error occurs, the installation CD may be dirty, scratched, or otherwise damaged. Sometimes you do not receive an error message, and the Microsoft Office folder is not created on the hard disk. For additional information about how to troubleshoot this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/282981/ )How to test for damaged Office for Mac installation media
Upgrade eligibilityWhen you try to install an upgrade version of Office for Mac 2004, you must have one of the following:
When you try to install the upgrade version of an Office for Mac product, you may receive the following error message:
To resolve this issue, follow these steps:
This software is an upgrade to an earlier version of the software.
To continue installation, click Browse, and then select the folder that contains the earlier version of the software (Microsoft Office 2001 folder, for example). The folder can be located on either your computer or the CD-ROM from which you originally installed the earlier version of the software.
For information about which software you can upgrade, see Installation Read Me.
During the installation of Office 2004 for Mac, you have the option to import identities. If you used an earlier version of Office for Mac, and there is an identity in the /Users/user_name/Documents/Microsoft User Data folder, you can easily import that identity into Office 2004 for Mac.
For additional information about how to troubleshoot installation issues, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/871018/ )Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Installation Read Me
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312427/ )Microsoft Entourage X Read Me
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313286/ )"Upgrade Verification" message when you start an Office v. X upgrade program
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321383/ )"The upgrade cannot be verified" error message when you try to install Office v. X for Mac upgrade
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321384/ )Cannot install upgrade version of Office v. X for Mac when Office 4.2 is installed
Article ID: 892962 - Last Review: October 6, 2011 - Revision: 5.0
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