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From Office 2013 Preview / Beta to RTM installation notes

Just a quick post to note down some of the things I noticed when upgrading my work laptop to the RTM version of Office 2013.

I chose to perform an upgrade rather than uninstall Office 2010 first since I am still working in a 2010 / 2013 environment for the time being.


  • Download from MSDN
  • Grab key for activation
  • Click to run installations from Office 365 Preview and previous Preview installations need to be uninstalled first

MSDN Activation

  • Go to backstage (File)
  • Click Office Account
  • Click activate product and on the pop up you are asked to sign in with your Windows Live account
  • At the bottom of the pop up, there is activate via a product key (the windows live sign in, won’t work for MSDN subscribers)
  • Enter the key and click ok
  • Restart the product
  • Product now activated
    Some foibles based on my company’s internal environment

Project Professional 2013

  • We are currently running Project Server 2010 in the office, Microsoft Project 2013 will not connect to Project Server 2010
  • You can run Project 2010 Professional side by side with Project 2013 Professional
  • You cannot run Project 2013 Professional local with the click to run version (but you don’t need to Smile )

Visio 2013

  • Can run side by side with 2010

Lync 2013

  • Installation is no longer separate install package
  • Installed as part of Office 2013 Professional Plus
  • Can connect to Lync Server 2010

SkyDrive 2013 Pro

  • Can sync with SharePoint 2010
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