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How to install office 2013 using office 365

By Michaele Curtis

Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

Windows Live ID

Even though Microsoft Excel is not a free program, Microsoft offers a free trial download as a part of the Microsoft Office trial downloads. A free trial of Microsoft Excel is ideal for those who wish to test drive the program before committing to buying it. The free trial lasts 60 days, so users who only need it for a short time can use it free and uninstall it afterwards.

Access the Microsoft Excel home page on your computer’s Internet browser (see Resources for a link). Click “Free 60-day trial.” Click “Download Free Trial” on the following page. Click “Download Now” on the next page.

Sign in to your Windows Live account. Enter your name and country into the appropriate fields. Click “Create My Account.” Take note of the product key displayed on the next screen. Click “Download Now.”

Double-click the file you downloaded to start the installation. Click “Run” in the Windows Explorer window that appears. Click “Next’ on the Microsoft Download Manager to begin the setup process. Enter your product key when prompted. Click “Continue.”

Select “I accept the term in the License Agreement” and click “Continue” to accept the Microsoft License Agreement. Choose “I want to activate the software over the Internet” and click “Next.” Click “Finish” when the installation and activation is complete.

Remove the Microsoft Office trial download at any time by going to “Start>Control Panel>Uninstall a Program.” Find the Microsoft Office trial in the list of programs and click “Uninstall.”

Warnings

The free trial of Microsoft Excel allows you to use the program for 60 days. At the end of that time, you will no longer be able to create new Excel documents or save changes to them. If you want the full functionality of Microsoft Excel, you must pay for it.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

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Transferring Microsoft Office to a new computer is simplified greatly by the ability to download the software from the Office website directly to the new desktop or laptop. New variations of the popular programs, such as an Office 365 subscription, make the software available across multiple devices while maintaining desktop accessibility. To get started, all you need is an internet connection and a Microsoft account or product key.

Office 365

Office 365 subscriptions have allowed many workplaces and higher education providers to offer access to needed Office programs on a variety of devices and through a web browser to their employees and students. Getting the programs set up on your new computer, whether for business or personal use, requires a minimal amount of fuss because the subscription is licensed on a recurring basis via monthly or annual payments.

To download the programs to your computer, log in to your account at www.setup.office.com and choose an installer for your new PC or Mac. When the download is complete, click on the downloads folder on your computer and launch the installer. Log in to your Office 365 account when prompted to do so. If you use OneDrive with your Office 365 subscription, launch the OneDrive application and click the “Sync” button on the tool bar to ensure all your files are available on your new device as well as in the cloud.

Existing Software

Many new computers ship to retailers with preinstalled software, including limited-access versions of the Microsoft Office suite. These factory installs feature either a free trial of the software or a license for a one-time installation. If Microsoft Office came preinstalled and licensed on your new computer, you only need to install your version if you prefer it to the newer release of the software set or if your software set contains additional Office programs, such as Access and Publisher.

To connect the existing software, click on the Windows start menu, followed by an Office program, such as Word. Click “Activate” and log in using your Microsoft account username and password. If you do not have an account, visit www.login.live.com to create a new one. After submitting your username and password, you are asked to opt in for mailing lists and to accept license terms before full access to your programs is granted.

Installs With a Product Key

If you purchased Microsoft Office at a store or through an online retailer, you received a product key either on a card or an email download. This key is used to activate the programs through the use of the Office website at www.setup.office.com. When you are transferring an existing program suite from one computer to the next, you log in using the Microsoft account created when the programs were first activated. They remain attached to the Microsoft account if you are installing Office 2016 or above.

From your account, you can download the Office programs and run the install guide, which requires entering your username and password again followed by a short validation check, to maintain access on your computer whether online or off. A best practice is to uninstall your Office programs from an older computer before starting a new install, as some variations of the program allow installation on only a limited number of devices.

Older Office Suites

Still in love with your classic version of Office? Installing from a disc on your new computer is simple if you have your product key and a disc reader. Place your CD in the CD drive on your new machine. The install wizard appears on the screen to guide you through the installation process. Enter the product key included with your copy of Microsoft Office to complete the install.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

The recent release of Office 2016 adds some useful new features and improvements and is now the default version installed as part of Office 365. However, if you want to install Office 2013 instead or on another machine, that is easily done.

Sign in to your Office 365 account by visiting https://www.office.com and clicking “Sign in” in the upper-right corner of the webpage.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

You may see the page pictured below. If you purchased your Office 365 subscription using a work or school account, sign in on that page. However, if you used a personal Microsoft account, click the “Sign in with a Microsoft account” link and sign in on the resulting webpage.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

Once you’re signed in, click the “My account” link at the bottom of the page.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

Under “Install”, click the “Install” button.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

In the “Install Information” section of the “My Office Account” page, click the “Language and install options” link.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

Click the “Additional install options” link.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

On the “Additional install options” screen, select “Office 2013 (32-bit)” or “Office 2013 (64-bit) from the “Version” drop-down list, depending on the type of system you’re running.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

Click “Install” to download the appropriate installation file.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

In Chrome, the file is downloaded to the default directory or you’re asked where you want to save the downloaded file, depending on your settings. To run the file, click the filename in the “Downloads” panel at the bottom of the window.

NOTE: In Firefox, you can choose whether you want to save downloaded files to a location you specify or whether you want to be asked for a location every time. Other browsers may have different options for download locations for files.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

NOTE: You can also directly access the downloaded file using File Explorer.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

A User Account Control box may display asking you for permission to install the application. Click “Yes” to continue installing Office 2013.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

An banner displays while Office is “Getting things ready…”.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

Office 2013 is then installed in the background and may take a while, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

When the installation is done, the following “Welcome to your new Office” dialog box displays. You can either go through some screens that help you finish setting up Office by clicking “Next” or you can close this dialog box by clicking the “X” button in the upper-right corner.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

NOTE: You cannot install Office 2016 and Office 2013 on the same computer.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

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Using the Office Deployment Tool with Click-to-Run, organizations can download Office 2013 installation files once and install it on many computers from that location. This video walk-through with blog post outlines how to use the Office Deployment Tool to install Office 2013 a using USB storage key.

To install Office 2013 using USB storage and Click-to-Run, we need to complete four steps:

  • Download the Office Deployment Tool (ODT)
  • Configure the XML file for the ODT
  • Download Office 2013 with the ODT
  • Install Office 2013 with the ODT

The steps are very similar to the step s for installing from a server and network share. The main difference is that the “SourcePath” is not present in the configuration.xml file. Simply put, when you run the Office Deployment Tool from your USB storage, it will download the Office 2013 source files an also install from there too.

Steps

1. Download the ODT

Download from the Microsoft Download Centre and extract to your USB storage/key.

2. Adjust your configuration.xml file

Adjust the file to download and install Office 2013 from the USB storage.

Configuration_Local.xml example code

3. Download the Office 2013 source files

You’ll only have to do this once to get the latest build of Office 2013, then use it to install ad-hoc on 1 or more computers.

  1. Open a Command Prompt and change to the drive letter that has been assigned to your USB storage.
  2. Type Setup.exe /download configuration.xml

4. Install Office 2013 from the USB storage

  • Open a Command Prompt and change to the drive letter that has been assigned to your USB storage.
  • Type Setup.exe /configure configuration.xml

I have two configuration XML files for different purposes

A few weeks ago, we announced the new Office for consumers, including the all new Office 365 Home Premium, Office 365 University for college and university students, and traditional Office suites: Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013 and Office Professional 2013.

Since then we’ve received questions about the number of installations people get with the traditional Office suites, transferability, and how they compare to Office 2010. With that in mind, we want to offer some clarity on the matter, to help customers make the best purchasing decision.

Here’s how our Office 2010 and Office 2013 licenses compare:

How to install office 2013 using office 365

*An exception is granted when the software is on a PC that is replaced under warranty.

It is important to note that Office 2013 suites have consistent rights and restrictions regarding transferability as the equivalent Office 2010 PKC, which was chosen by a majority of Office 2010 customers worldwide.

We think this new lineup offers unmatched choice and value for students, families and everyone in between.

  • For those looking to use Office on multiple devices – Office 365 Home Premium works across up to 5 devices (Windows tablets, PCs or Macs) and can be activated and deactivated across devices.
  • For those who only require Office on one device – The Office 2013 software is licensed to one computer for the life of that computer and is non-transferable (consistent with the rights and restrictions of Office 2010 PKC). In the event that a customer buys the Office 2013 software and installs it on a PC that fails under warranty, the customer can contact support to receive an exemption to activate the Office 2013 software on the replacement PC.
  • For college and university students – Office 365 University works across 2 devices (Windows tablets, PCs or Macs) and can be activated and deactivated across devices.

If you’re interested in getting the new Office, we encourage you to go here to explore which offering will give you the most value.

The new Microsoft Office Customer Preview hit the Internet today and if you want to install the 64-bit version, it can be a little tricky so I decided to document the full install guide. Enjoy!

Now that the shiny new Microsoft Office Customer Preview is available for download, it’s time to give it a try. Office 2013 is the 15th iteration of Microsoft Office, and it’s being tied in with Office 365 through Skydrive and Live accounts and of course Office 365 for the Biz. But, enough with the jibber jabber, let’s get this show on the road and set it up!

To get Started, visit the Microsoft Office Preview website and click Sign up.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

If you aren’t signed in with your Live account you’ll be asked for your user name and password. You’ll have to sign-in to reach the download page.

Note: Microsoft is limiting installs to 5 per Live account. Of course nothing stops you from creating more Live/Hotmail accounts if need be.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

This next part is a little tricky.* If you just use the default green install button, it will download the 32-bit version of the New Office Preview. This is fine, unless you have a previous 64-bit version of Microsoft Office installed (like 2010, 2007, or 2003). If you try to install the 32-bit version of Office 2013 alongside your pre-existing 64 bit Office, it won’t work. You’ll see an error message.

To rectify this, 64-bit users must click the Language and install options link below the green button.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

On the Additional Install Options screen click the drop-down menu to select the version that matches your system or previous version of Microsoft Office. Click the green Install button to start the download of the version you selected.

Note: Keep in mind that even if you are on a 64-bit system, if your previous version of Office is 32-bit you should download the 32-bit version of the new Office.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

The installer is a really small file, less than 1MB because Microsoft is leveraging its App-V technology to stream Office down to your PC. Once it kicks off it will run for bit…

How to install office 2013 using office 365

How to install office 2013 using office 365

When setup finally finishes, you get to see a cool intro video. You can’t skip it, but if you miss it you can watch it below.

Now you have two options. You can sign in and hook office up to your online Live/Skydrive account. Or you can say No thanks, and just use it locally. Either way, it will still work – you’ll just miss a few of the online features (syncing, sharing) if you don’t sign in.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

The sign-in window looks like it’s been pulled right off of the Live.com website.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

On the last setup page, you’ll be offered to be shown a preview of the new features. You can go for it and a Powerpoint presentation will open that talks all about Office 2013 – or you can say No thanks and setup will go into background-mode and allow you to start using Office while it finishes up.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

You’ll see a “Wrapping things up” window until Setup completely finishes. During this time you can use Office 2013 without a hitch, but Office may bug out if you disconnect your internet before it finishes.

Notice that even while Microsoft is still downloading the full install, you can access the the majority of the Office applications thanks to Microsoft using its App-V technology. This is a very groovy technology that Microsoft purchased and perfected a few years ago, and this is the first time it’s been seen in the wild during a mass software deployment.

Seeing Microsoft leverage App-V in the real world is super groovy for a few reasons. First, the App-V technology will allow you to stream the New Office Preview down to your Windows PC alongside existing installs of Office without having them bump into each-other. Second, App-V allows you to launch Office 2013 Apps even before they fully install so you don’t actually need to wait for Office to download 100%.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

In my example I was able to start launching Word 2013 and Excel 2013 with only 20% of the download completed…. Wow, App-V is really a game changer! More on that in future groovyPosts! The time to fully stream down the App-V Office 2013 bubble will depend on the speed of your internet connection.

Alright, you’re good to go. Have fun trying out Office 2013! Just don’t forget that it will probably expire once Office 2013 goes retail.

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Top Questions

Office 2013 include applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. They’re available as a one-time purchase for use on a single PC.

Microsoft 365 plans include premium versions of these applications plus other services that are enabled over the Internet, including online storage with OneDrive and Skype minutes for home use. With Microsoft 365 you get the full, installed Office experience on PCs, Macs, tablets (including iPad® and Android™ tablet) and phones. Microsoft 365 plans are available as a monthly or annual subscription. Learn more.

See system requirements for compatible versions of Windows and macOS, and for other feature requirements.

You don’t need to be connected to the Internet to use Office applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, because the applications are fully installed on your computer.

However, Internet access is required to install and activate all the latest releases of Office suites and all Microsoft 365 subscription plans. For Microsoft 365 plans, Internet access is also needed to manage your subscription account, for example to install Office on other PCs or to change billing options. Internet access is also required to access documents stored on OneDrive, unless you install the OneDrive desktop app.

You should also connect to the Internet regularly to keep your version of Office up to date and benefit from automatic upgrades. If you don’t connect to the Internet at least every 31 days, your applications will go into reduced functionality mode, which means that you can view or print your documents but cannot edit the documents or create new ones. To reactivate your Office applications, reconnect to the Internet.

Yes. Documents that you have created belong fully to you. You can choose to store them online on OneDrive or locally on your PC or Mac.

If you cancel your subscription or it expires, you can still access and download all your files by signing in to OneDrive directly using the Microsoft account you used to set up Microsoft 365. You do lose the additional storage that comes with your subscription, so you must save your files elsewhere or buy more OneDrive storage if your OneDrive account exceeds the free storage quota.

If you purchase an auto-renew subscription, your subscription starts when you complete your purchase. You can purchase auto-renew subscriptions from Microsoft365.com, MicrosoftStore.com, iTunes®, and some other retailers. If you purchase a pre-paid subscription, your subscription starts when you activate your subscription and land on your My Account page. You can purchase pre-paid subscriptions from a retailer or reseller, or a Microsoft support agent.

If you have an active Microsoft 365 Family subscription, you can share it with up to five members of your household (six total). Each household member you share your subscription with can use any of your available installs on their PCs, Macs, iPads, Android tablets, Windows tablets, iPhones® or Android phones, get an additional 1 TB of OneDrive storage, and manage their own installs from www.office.com/myaccount.

To add someone to your subscription, visit www.office.com/myaccount and follow the onscreen instructions to add a user. Each person you add will receive an email with the steps they need to follow. Once they have accepted and completed the steps, their information, including the installs they are using, will appear on your My Account page. You can stop sharing your subscription with someone or remove a device they are using at www.office.com/myaccount.

“The cloud” is a friendly way of describing web-based computing services that are hosted outside of your home or organization. When you use cloud-based services, your IT infrastructure resides off your property (off-premises), and is maintained by a third party (hosted), instead of residing on a server at your home or business (on-premises) that you maintain. With Microsoft 365, for example, information storage, computation, and software are located and managed remotely on servers owned by Microsoft. Many services you use every day are a part of the cloud—everything from web-based email to mobile banking and online photo storage. Because this infrastructure is located online or “in the cloud,” you can access it virtually anywhere, from a PC, tablet, smartphone, or other device with an Internet connection.

The recent release of Office 2016 adds some useful new features and improvements and is now the default version installed as part of Office 365. However, if you want to install Office 2013 instead or on another machine, that is easily done.

Sign in to your Office 365 account by visiting https://www.office.com and clicking “Sign in” in the upper-right corner of the webpage.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

You may see the page pictured below. If you purchased your Office 365 subscription using a work or school account, sign in on that page. However, if you used a personal Microsoft account, click the “Sign in with a Microsoft account” link and sign in on the resulting webpage.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

Once you’re signed in, click the “My account” link at the bottom of the page.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

Under “Install”, click the “Install” button.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

In the “Install Information” section of the “My Office Account” page, click the “Language and install options” link.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

Click the “Additional install options” link.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

On the “Additional install options” screen, select “Office 2013 (32-bit)” or “Office 2013 (64-bit) from the “Version” drop-down list, depending on the type of system you’re running.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

Click “Install” to download the appropriate installation file.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

NOTE: In Firefox, you can choose whether you want to save downloaded files to a location you specify or whether you want to be asked for a location every time. Other browsers may have different options for download locations for files.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

NOTE: You can also directly access the downloaded file using File Explorer.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

A User Account Control box may display asking you for permission to install the application. Click “Yes” to continue installing Office 2013.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

An banner displays while Office is “Getting things ready…”.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

Office 2013 is then installed in the background and may take a while, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

When the installation is done, the following “Welcome to your new Office” dialog box displays. You can either go through some screens that help you finish setting up Office by clicking “Next” or you can close this dialog box by clicking the “X” button in the upper-right corner.

How to install office 2013 using office 365

NOTE: You cannot install Office 2016 and Office 2013 on the same computer.

In many cases, you can install Office, Project, and Visio on the same computer. But, there are some combinations of Office, Project, and Visio that can’t be installed together on the same computer. The two main things that determine whether Office, Project, and Visio can be installed together on the same computer are the version of the product and the installation technology used to install the product. What governs whether an installation scenario is supported are these two rules:

  • You can’t install two products together that have the same version but use different installation technologies.
  • You can’t install two products of different versions together if both products use Click-to-Run as the installation technology and those products have overlapping Office applications.

See the example installation scenarios section for several examples of installation scenarios that are supported and not supported, along with an explanation of why they are or aren’t supported, based on the rules listed above.

Office releases and their version number

The following table shows Office releases that are currently supported by Microsoft, their associated version, and all the possible installation technology. The information listed in the table also applies to releases of Project and Visio. For example, the subscription version of the Project desktop app or Visio Professional 2016.

Office release Version Installation technologies
Office 365
(and Microsoft 365)
16.0 Click-to-Run
Microsoft Store
Office 2019 16.0 Click-to-Run
Microsoft Store
Office 2016 16.0 Click-to-Run
Windows Installer (MSI)
Microsoft Store
Office 2013 15.0 Click-to-Run
Windows Installer (MSI)

You can find this version information by going to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features. You can also find this version in the About dialog for the Office app. For example, open Word, and go to File > Account > About Word. On the top line of the About Microsoft Word dialog box, you will see the version number. For example, Microsoft Word 2019 MSO (16.0.10336.20044) 32-bit. For steps to find this version in different Office releases, see Find details for other versions of Office.

  • Office 365, Microsoft 365, Office 2019, and Office 2016 all have the same version: 16.0
  • Office 2010, which is no longer supported, had a version of 14.0 and used Windows Installer (MSI) as the installation technology.

Installation technologies used by Office

There are different ways to purchase Office, Project, and Visio. For example, you can purchase them as part of an Office 365 (or Microsoft 365) plan, as a one-time purchase from a retail store, or through a volume licensing agreement. How you purchase them, along with which Office release you purchased – for example, Office 365 or Office 2016 – determines what installation technology is used to install Office.

The three installation technologies are:

  • Click-to-Run
  • Windows Installer (MSI)
  • Microsoft Store

In newer releases of Office, you can go to File > Account in any Office app, such as Word, and the type of installation technology is listed under the Product Information section.

Another way to tell which installation technology was used to install Office is to File > Account in any Office app. Under the Product Information section, if you see an Update Options choice, Office was installed by using Click-to-Run. If you don’t see an Update Options choice, and you don’t see any mention of Microsoft Store, then Office was installed by using Windows Installer (MSI).

The Microsoft Store installation technology is only used when you purchase and install Office from the online Microsoft Store.

You can’t rely on just the product name and release to determine the installation technology used by Office. For example, if you purchase Visio Standard 2016 from a retail store, it uses Click-to-Run. But, if you purchase Visio Standard 2016 through a volume licensing agreement, it uses Windows Installer (MSI).

Example installation scenarios

Here are some example installation scenarios, whether they’re supported, and an explanation of why they are or aren’t supported.

1 You must be using at least Version 1808 of Microsoft 365 Apps, because that’s the earliest version that recognizes Office 2019 products, including Project and Visio. Version 1808 or later is available in Current Channel, Monthly Enterprise Channel, Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview), and Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel. For Microsoft 365 Apps release information, see Update history for Microsoft 365 Apps.