Installing Office 2010 64-bit

How to install the 64-bit version of Office 2010.

How to install the 64-bit version of Office 2010.

Office 2010 on a DVD disk will install the 32-bit software by default. If you choose to install the 64-bit software requires some special steps.

A downloaded Office 2010 should be offered to you in either 32-bit or 64-bit versions. If you can, download both versions so you have choices later.

As we’ve already discussed, Office 2010 32-bit is the safer option even on Windows 64-bit systems. If in doubt, choose the 32-bit Office 2010.

You need to have 64-bit edition of Windows installed. If you‘re not sure which type of Windows you have, you can check by right-clicking on the Computer icon, choose Properties and look for the magic phrase ’64-bit’.

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Make sure any Office add-ins, connectors, COM DLL’s etc that you rely on are explicitly stated as being Office 2010 and 64-bit compatible.

You have to uninstall any 32-bit version of Office that’s on the computer. The 64-bit installer won’t convert or upgrade an existing Office installation.

Uninstall Office 2007 or Office 2010 32-bit as well as other Office components like the Access database engine or Office Compatibility Pack. If you don’t get rid of all the components the installer will warn you.

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On the Office 2010 DVD you have to explore the disk and go to the x64 folder – click on the setup.exe program in that folder. Do NOT choose the setup.exe file in the root folder – that will install 32-bit software even on 64-bit Windows.

From there the installation is quite normal, almost indistinguishable from 32-bit Office. If you choose the ‘Customize’ option then the familiar dialogs are available.

Office 2010 64-bit requires around 2GB for program files and 2.8GB space overall.

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On the file location tab you’ll see that Office 2010 64-bit will be installed to the ‘Program Files’ folder compared with the ‘Program Files (x86)’ folder for 32-bit applications.

Once you click ‘Install Now’ the setup will continue – now is the time to get a coffee and cookie while Office is installed.

After the setup is completed you can open the new Office programs from the Start Menu in the usual way.

Office 2010 64-bit is visually indistinguishable from the 32-bit cousin. To confirm what software is running go to the equivalent of the ‘About’ screen – under the new Backstage menu. Click on File | Help and again look for the magic phrase ’64-bit’.

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That’s it! It’s all in the preparation really.