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Office 2013: Installing on Windows


This document will guide you through the installation and activation of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013.


Removing Old or Trial Versions:

Before starting the download of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013, you must uninstall any old or trial versions you may still have installed on your machine. Remove the following applications:

  • Old or trial versions of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013.

  • Compatibility Pack for Office 2010.

  • Any new versions that you have tried to download/install unsuccessfully.

To remove/uninstall an application:

  1. Go to the Control Panel. Depending on the version of Windows you are using, choose one of the following:

    • Add/Remove Programs.

    • Uninstall a program.

  2. Locate the application you want to remove.

  3. Double-click the application name.

  4. Follow the instructions for removing the application.

Downloading pending Windows Updates

Your current operating system (OS) must be up-to-date with Windows Updates before you can install the new software. When the updates are completed, you can install the new software.

To download pending Windows updates:

  1. Click the START button.

  2. Click ALL PROGRAMS.

  3. Click the WINDOWS UPDATE link.

  4. Download any pending updates.

32-Bit Versus 64-Bit

Both 32-bit and 64-bit options are available, but we recommend installing the 32-bit version regardless of your OS because the 32-bit option has fewer compatibility issues.

Installation instructions

  1. Navigate to your computer's download (.exe) file (C:\Users\Your Username\Downloads by default).

  2. Open the folder for the version of Windows Office Professional Plus 2013 that you wish to install (32-bit or 64-bit).

  3. In the folder that opens, double-click on the file setup.exe.

    Office 2013 Setup Icon

  4. Read the license agreement, select I accept the terms of this agreement, and then click Continue.

    Office 2013 Microsoft Software License Terms

  5. Click Install Now

    Office 2013 Installation Wizard Install Now Option
    Note: If you have a previous version of Microsoft Office installed in your computer, this button will read Upgrade.

  6. Wait while the software is installed.

    Office 2013 Installation Progress

  7. Once the installation is complete, click Close.

    Office 2013 Thank You for Installing Pop-up

Activation instructions

  1. From the start menu click All programs > Microsoft Office 2013, then click on any program in the folder (e.g., Access 2013, Excel 2013) to open it.

    Office 2013 Opened Start Menu Folder with Programs Listed

  2. The Activate Office window will open. Click Enter the product key instead.

    Office 2013 Activate Office Window with Enter the Product Key Instead Highlighted

  3. Enter the product key and then click Continue.

    Office 2013 Enter Your Product Key Window

  4. Ensure the option Use recommended settings option is selected, and click Accept.

    Office 2013 First Things First Window with User Recommended Settings Highlighted

  5. Click Next.

    Office 2013 Welcome Window

  6. Click Next.

    Office 2013 SkyDrive Window

  7. Select the background theme from the list under how would you like your office to look? And then click Next.

    Office 2013 Background Selection Drop-Down List

  8. If you wish to associate your software with a Microsoft account for online access to your files, follow steps (a) through (c). Otherwise, click No thanks, maybe later and skip to step 9.

    1. Click Sign In.

      Office 2013 Sign In Button

    2. Select the type of account you have or wish to set up.

      Office 2013 Microsoft or Organizational Account Selection Window

    3. If you already have a Microsoft account, enter your login information and click Sign In. If you do not have a Microsoft account, click Sign up now and follow the on-screen instructions to create one.

      Office 2013 Microsoft Account Sign In Window

  9. Click All done.

    Office 2013 You're Good to Go Window

    Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 is now installed and active on your computer.

Backup CD and USB

Burning a file onto a disc

Once you have successfully downloaded your Microsoft Office software, you can burn the software onto a disc.

To burn MS Office onto a disc:

  1. On your computer, insert a blank DVD into the DVD/CD ROM drive.

  2. Launch Windows Explorer and locate the Office Pro Plus 2013 .exe file. Usually, the file is in the Downloads Folder.

  3. Right-click the mouse on the .exe file and choose Copy.

  4. In the panel on the left side, click the name of the drive for the disc that you inserted. The Burn a Disc window is displayed.

    Office 2013 Burn a Disc Window

  5. In the Disc title field, enter a name for the disc.

  6. Click the radio button beside With a CD/DVD player.

  7. Click the Next button.

    Office 2013 Disc Content Selection Window

  8. Paste the file into the right panel by right-clicking the mouse and choosing Paste. The progress bar is displayed.

    Office 2013 Disc File Copying Window

  9. When the file has completed copying, in the top bar click the Burn to Disc button.

    Office 2013 File List with Burn to Disc Highlighted

    The Burn to Disc application launches.

    Office 2013 Burn to Disc Application

  10. In the Disc Title field, enter a name for the disc.

  11. Click the Next button. The burning process begins.

    Office 2013 Burn to Disc Progress Window
    When the burning is completed, the confirmation window is displayed.

  12. Click the Finish button.

    You now have a burned copy of the software. You can use the disc to install the software on a different machine.

    Note: To start the installation on the new machine, you will need to copy and paste the file from the CD/DVD onto the new machine (i.e., desktop). Then double-click the file to run/launch the installation wizard.

    The software will launch from the CD/DVD disc, but it will run very slowly.

Copying files to a USB flash drive:

To copy files to a USB flash drive:

  1. On your computer, insert the USB flash drive into the USB port.

  2. Wait until the computer recognizes the new device.

  3. Click the Start button.

  4. Click Computer.

  5. In the right panel, double-click the removable disc icon. This is the USB flash drive.

  6. Leave this window open.

  7. Select the files you want to copy onto the USB flash drive.

  8. Drag the file into the removable disk window. The files are copied onto the USB flash drive.

  9. Close the removable disc window.

  10. While in the Computer window, right click the removable disc icon and choose Eject. It is now safe to remove the device from the computer.