How to Install Microsoft Office 2013 on your Dell PC

How to Install Microsoft Office 2013 on your Dell PC



This article provides information on how to install Microsoft Office 2013 on your Dell PC.


Table of Contents:

  1. Installing Microsoft Office 2013 on your Dell PC
  2. Hardware and Software Requirements
  3. What are you installing from?
  4. Installation instructions
  5. Common installation/activation issues

Installing Microsoft Office 2013 on your Dell PC

This is a step by step guide taking you through installing Microsoft Office 2013 on your system. It lists the system requirements to run the program. How to locate the install media and how to use it once you have it. Office 2013 is the latest office suite and is designed for personal use on 1 PC. If you are looking for a business application then Microsoft would like you to use their new subscription service Microsoft Office 365.

You can purchase Office 2013 if it didn't come with your system.

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There are also some notes and hints about known issues and there are some suggestions about how best to go about the install itself.

As always if you have any problems at the end of this guide you can contact your local technical support or our Twitter team for further help, but in this case I would recommend you contact your local Microsoft helpline instead.

  • If it's a authentication issue, Microsoft are the only people who can check and affect this. Dell can't supply new product Id's for ones that have been lost and we don't have the access or authority to authenticate your office install.
  • If it is a particular installation error code, Microsoft are the people who will have the best idea of what it means and how to resolve it.
  • If you are having licensing errors or have questions about it, again Microsoft will be the only people who can check and go over this with you. Dell doesn't have access to license lists or to how many machines are reporting that particular serial or license at the one time. We can't check how many times that license has been used or on what systems.


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Hardware and Software Requirements

Microsoft Office 2013 is available in both 32 and 64-bit versions and will install on the following minimum hardware requirements.

  • 1 GHz or faster processor with SSE2 instruction set.
  • 1 GB or more of RAM memory for 32 bit, 2 GB or more of RAM memory for 64 bit.
  • 3 GB or larger available hard disk space.
  • 1024x576 display resolution with Directx10.
  • Windows Server 20012 32/64-bit, Windows Server 2008 32/64-bit, Windows 7 32/64-bit, Windows 8 32/64-bit.
  • Internet Explorer 8, 9 or 10, Mozilla Firefox 10.X or later, Apply safari 5 or Google chrome 17.x or later.
  • 3.4, 4.0 or 4.5 .NET installed.
  • A touch-enabled device is required to use any multi-touch functionality. But, all features and functionality are always available by using a keyboard, mouse, or other standard or accessible input device.
Note: New touch features are optimized for use with Windows 8.


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What are you installing from?

Are you reinstalling from backup media or installing from a download or do you only have a product ID?
  • If you're reinstalling from backup DVD media, then simply insert the media and wait for the autostart to open the setup screen. If the autostart doesn't work, you can navigate to the drive in windows explorer and double click on the setup.exe file on the media itself to start off the MSI installer.
  • If you're installing for the first time you will probably be using a download and click to run installer service from the Microsoft site. If you've downloaded the program as backup media, then you can double click on the setup.exe in windows explorer and it should use the MSI installer instead.
Note: Click-to-Run is a Microsoft streaming and virtualization technology that reduces the time that is required to install Office and helps you run multiple versions of Office on the same computer. The streaming technology enables you to download and begin to use an Office product before the whole product is installed on your computer. The virtualization technology provides an isolated environment for Office to run on your computer. This isolated environment allows you to run the latest version of Office side-by-side with an earlier version of Office that is already installed on your computer.
  • If you only have the product ID then you will want to follow the instructions below.
Note: You're product ID is usually either in a confirmation email for a download, on the install media or comes on a card with your PC. If you can't locate it, there are third party programs that will recover product ID's or "Keys" from your system. However Dell cannot recommend this or a particular program to accomplish this.
  1. Confirm your PC meets the Office 2013 system requirements.

  2. Check to see if your PC is preloaded with Office 2013. Click the Windows Start menu and then click All Programs. If you see Office 2013, Office is preloaded :

    1. If your PC is preloaded with Office 2013. Click the Windows Start Menu and then click Office 2013. On the startup screen, log into your Microsoft account and when prompted, enter your 25-character Product Key.

    2. If your PC is NOT preloaded with Office 2013 or you have reinstalled your PC from disc and not from an image. Go to the page below and enter your product ID and you can download a backup copy of your media and then click on the setup.exe file.


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Installation instructions

Using "MSI" installer.

  1. Click Yes on the User Account Control window to give permission for the installation application to work on your computer. Office 2013 will begin extracting files.

  2. Sign in to a Microsoft Passport account. A Hotmail or Outlook webmail account will work as a passport account or alternatively you can create a passport account using the Microsoft website and any valid email account. You can get more information on these account on the link below.

  1. Enter your product key into the space provided and press the Continue button once Microsoft validates your key.

  1. Read the Microsoft Software License terms, place a check mark in the box to indicate that you agree with them and press the Continue button.

  1. Press the Install Now button to begin the installation. A progress bar will indicate how far along the installation has progressed. Depending upon the speed of your computer, this step could take several minutes on older systems.

  1. Click Close when the installation completes.

  2. To access the newly-installed Microsoft Office 2013 applications, go to Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office and click on the program that you wish to use. When Microsoft Office 2013 runs for the first time a window will appear asking you to help protect and improve Microsoft Office.

  1. Place a dot in the radio button beside Use Recommended Settings and click OK.

  2. Click "Yes" on the User Account Control Window that will appear asking if Microsoft Update can make changes to your computer. The settings will be saved and you will be able to start using your newly installed Microsoft Office 2013.

Using the "click to run" installer.

  1. Click on the Sign Up button.

  2. Sign up to a Microsoft passport account, login to Microsoft's Online Portal.

  1. From the Office home page, click the Download Software admin shortcut.

  1. Click the install button. This will launch the new Click-to-Run installer.

  1. The new Office installer will launch via Click-to-Run technology.

  1. Review the Microsoft Office licensing agreement and click the Accept button.

  1. Within a couple minutes, the core of Office will install and you'll be greeted by a short introductory video explaining some of the new Office features.

  1. Choose a look-and-feel to personalize the new Office client applications.

  1. Jump in and start using Office while the rest of Office installs in the background over the next few minutes.

  1. You're now ready to use Office 2013.

Note: This version of office has been designed with Windows 7 and 8 in mind. If you are having issues and this article has not helped, then you can contact our online Chat, Twitter and email teams as well as call in to your Local support. Click on contact us on the support site for more details.


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Common Installation/Activation issues

If you encounter any issues during the installation process for Office 2013, please refer to our Knowledge Base Article "How to resolve common Microsoft Office 2013 and 365 installation issues using Microsoft Resources ". The steps and tools included should help resolve any problems experienced.

If you have an issue with the activation of Office 2013, please refer to our Knowledge Base Article "Help with issues activating Office 2013 out of the box"


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Install, activate or troubleshoot Microsoft Office software coming with your Dell device or bought as a standalone license by visiting our Office Support site.



Article ID: SLN265808

Last Date Modified: 01/15/2019 05:18 AM


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