Question Running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, and MS Office Pro-Plus 2016 -- a question

BonzaiDuck

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I think many people would be perfectly satisfied with MS Office Pro features of the 2003 version. I mean -- there is daily work to be done, and the features one would likely use in the office suite. And there was once a time during my work-life as the in-house IT-go-to person and moonlighting as an adjunct professor teaching database theory and programming when I would immediately upgrade my OS and my MS Office -- and I would pay the price. As I planned my comfortable life under a retiree's fixed income, my attitudes changed.

This time around, running MS Office Pro 2010 for the last 8 years, and adverse to the idea of subscription software (like Office 365), I shop and compare more recent but earlier versions of the software with licenses guaranteeing updates but without a hook into my credit card account for whatever renewal fee they charge under a subscription. Getting my AV software as a subscription is enough.

For Office, there is a "Home and Student" version, a "Home and Business" version, and the "Pro" version. I NEED Outlook, which I've been using since 1995 or even earlier. I NEED Excel because I know how to use it, I know its power for running numbers, and it's worth the occasional expense. I may WANT Access, only for having been a database professional with an ORACLE DB Admin Master certificate. I also know I can install an older version of Access with a newer version of Office.

But I look for bargains from reputable sources. This time around, I could see that I would pay about $400 for Office Pro 2021 on a single PC. But I believe in redundancy. I have more than one PC; and I need access to the same software on all of them. Easy enough to temper one's expectations, checking the price to pay for the 2019 or even the 2016 version. I finally found a source for a FIVE-PC installation of MS Office Pro-Plus 2016. Given the mileage I've had from Office 2010 Pro over about 10 years, I think that fills the bill. The EBay seller showed a picture of the optical disc and orange thumb-drive items, but only ships a perfunctory and non-functional USB flash drive, with instructions to a download site accompanied by the activation key. It was a good deal. I paid $130 for Office Pro 2016 to install on 5 PCs when I at most need to install on three. Given all the other alternative purchases I might have made ("Home and Business" or Pro, 2016, 2019 etc.) I made out like a bandit for the price of just over $40 per seat/PC.

I thought (by now, especially) I would have got a 64-bit version of Office. It all works fine, but an error message arising from vestiges of some NUANCE software suggests that it could be a 32-bit version.

How can I determine whether it's 32 or 64-bit? It doesn't matter that much. But I need or want to know what I have.
 

GrumpyMan

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Open up Excel, go to Account/About Excel. Look at the very top and it will tell you if it's 32 or 64 bit.
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BonzaiDuck

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Thanks. That settles it -- it's a 32-bit. Even so, for a 2016 version, I'm surprised that they hadn't stopped having a 32-bit in favor of 64-bit version.

How could it be that there are computers and OS versions still using 32-bit OS and software? Like I said, at the moment it doesn't make much difference to me. I have work to do, I need Office software -- it works. Just saying- I built and configured my systems to be as fast as possible.

I guess this is the risk for buying older software versions. I should look into it more carefully before pulling a checkout string. Even so, at $50 per PC (and less if I had 5 computers) -- still a decent bargain.

Ironically, I had purchased a 2013 Office Pro-Plus last year and installed it on my laptop. I think it's a 64-bit. I've yet to move replacing it with the 2016 that I now have.
 

igor_kavinski

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Thanks. That settles it -- it's a 32-bit. Even so, for a 2016 version, I'm surprised that they hadn't stopped having a 32-bit in favor of 64-bit version.
Downloaded ISO has both versions inside a subfolder. By default it will install 32-bit. But if you go in the subfolder and launch the 64-bit executable manually, 64-bit is what gets installed. Same key works for both versions.


When you start Setup from an installation medium for Office 2016 or earlier that has both the 32-bit and the 64-bit version on it, you’ll be installing the 32-bit version of Outlook/Office by default.

The reverse applies to Office 2019; When the installation medium contains both the 32-bit and 64-bit version, the 64-bit version will be installed.

To install the other bit version of Office, close the current Setup window and browse to the installation source (for instance your DVD-drive). Here you’ll find one of the following;

  • Folders called x64 and x86
    Open the x64 folder if you want to install the 64-bit version or open the x86 folder to install the 32-bit version. Double click the setup.exe file located in this folder to install Office.The setup process is the same for both the 32-bit as the 64-bit version of Office/Outlook.
  • Folder called office
    Open the office folder and double click setup32.exe to install the 32-bit version or double click setup64.exe to install the 64-bit version of Office.
 
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McLovin

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...I'm surprised that they hadn't stopped having a 32-bit in favor of 64-bit version.

How could it be that there are computers and OS versions still using 32-bit OS and software? ...
32-bitOffice still exist because business/corporate customers need compatibility for their Macros/Scripts inside of Office and they don't work in 64-bit.

If you need/want to update to the latest version of Office, shoot me a DM. I can help you with this.
 

mikeymikec

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Downloaded ISO has both versions inside a subfolder. By default it will install 32-bit. But if you go in the subfolder and launch the 64-bit executable manually, 64-bit is what gets installed. Same key works for both versions.

Ta. I had wondered about the lack of option when downloading the offline installer.
 

mikeymikec

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If you can't find editions of Office for sale on the MS site, then the sellers are hawking second-hand corporate licences and there's a good chance that when you try to re-activate them on a replacement PC, they won't work at the company will have shut down.

Office Professional hasn't been a retail thing for about a decade. No CDs since 2010 either.
 

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