How to Install Office 2013 (365 Home Premium) 64-bit Preview

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.

sign up for office 2013 preview

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.

Office preview sign in

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.

64 bit users need to click the language button

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.

64 bit install office 2013

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…

streaming office 2013 application features

Waiting… Waiting…

welcome to office 15

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.

sign in and get the most out of office 2013

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

office 2013 sign in page

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.

office 15 getting things ready for 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%.

wrapping up office 2013 and 365 installation

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.

powerpoint 2013 screenshot



  1. Moosa Mahsoom

    July 17, 2012 at 8:05 am

    for how long will it stay on the ‘we’re connecting to your account’ screen.
    My download speed= 60 Kbps
    My upload speed=10 Kbps

    • Moosa Mahsoom

      July 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

      it took a lot of time, but, finally i got it right.

      • Huy Hoang

        July 19, 2012 at 1:08 am

        I can not finished. It always say it : “Office is still installing in the background and requires a connection to the internet to complete.. Please connect to the internet and your installation will continue automatically.” But the internet connection is fine. How can I resolve it ??? I try to install offline and the error still appeared.

    • Austin Krause

      July 17, 2012 at 9:54 am

      On a 3 megabit (366 KBps) connection it took about 5 full minutes for it to complete the “we’re connecting” phase.

  2. Thilak Rao

    July 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Why not just download the standalone installer and get things done?

    Helps if you need to install it on multiple computers.

    • Galih Pratama

      July 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      maybe microsoft want to using app-v technology. it really rocks!

      • Thilak Rao

        July 23, 2012 at 4:08 am

        But that doesn’t really help in an enterprise scenario :D

        • Austin Krause

          July 23, 2012 at 7:34 am

          If you have the 365 subscription it should, have you tried out the deployment tool? Check it out here:

          • Thilak Rao

            July 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

            Thanks @AustinKrause:disqus

            I didn’t know about that. Yes, we do have Office 365 subscription at, but I’m not a system administration.

            Standalone installer is up on BizSpark, so we just download our copies from there and install it on our indiviual machines.

  3. Adhie Subekti

    July 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    will it kill all of my office 2010 application? i mean will it upgrade them to 2013?

    • Austin Krause

      July 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Nope. Office 2013 will install side-by-side with Office 2010. You can use both at the same time. When you uninstall 2013 after the preview ends it will not affect your 2010 installation.

      • Oleksa

        March 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

        Ehmmm… You are not right. In my case Office2013 Trial replaced in full the previous instance of MS Office2010. There’s no more any of the software from the old version.

  4. John

    August 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    is there an activation/license key needed when you use it?

    • ShroudedSciuridae

      November 1, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Doesn’t appear to be. I’m sure it expires at some point, but it hasn’t asked me for anything yet.

  5. ShroudedSciuridae

    November 1, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Thank you so much for putting this out there. I never would have thought to look under install options, and I had 0 intentions of downgrading to 32 bit just to try this out.

    • Steve Krause

      November 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

      I know. I missed not the first time. Not very intuitive.

  6. Jerome

    April 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Wish option to Install standalone was on page 1, once started the Online process it was like watching paint dry. I am a consultant this is just plain painful, requiring a Microsoft ID to download software install seems a bit weird…I have to use an installer account, because don’t have access to the users and can’t get them involved in this process, the CFO would shoot me.

    I use Skydrive and Synch Onenote with 2010 on 4 devices but don’t want to support a bunch of users running it for the first time and totally unnecessary for their job. Last thing we need is users have cool stuff to play with.

    Got a client that been online since BPS and wants a local Exchange server so they have someone who can actually do something when their email goes down.

    I’d recommend a Hybrid solution but Federated seems very broken.

  7. Bill Kennard

    September 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    All I want to do is download Office 365 Home Premium!!!! Put your software on a disk like Microsoft once did rather than download. I have been charged for one installation and haven’t moved any further than signing in – and you telling me it is installed. 1 of 5 has been downloaded. I really do believe where I once read that Office 365 is a SCAM.

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