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How to Reinstall Office 2016 or
Office 365 on Your PC

Microsoft Office is the leading office software in the world. Whatever your business, Microsoft Office brings you the tools you need to stay on top of everything. From the powerful word processing features of Microsoft Word to the presentation capabilities of PowerPoint to the data intensive capabilities of Excel, Microsoft Office brings you everything you need to run your business. It’s also a great tool for students and home users.

There are many versions of Microsoft Office, but the current version, Microsoft Office 2016, brings you new up to date features that offer more power and versatility than ever before. If you have upgraded to Microsoft Office 2016 recently or you are already a user, there are times you may need to reinstall your Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365. This doesn’t mean there is a problem with the software. Many factors can come into play that require the re-installation of the software. Fortunately, reinstalling your Office products is easy.

Why Do I Need to Reinstall Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365?

Sometimes there can be issues with the installation of your Office software. Corrupt files, missing files, and other issues with your computer can affect the operation of your software. Even Office software that has been working can suddenly stop working. This isn’t an issue. All you need to do is sign into your Microsoft account and download the software again. Once you’ve downloaded the software again (or maybe you still have the installation file), locate your product key. You will need this when you install Microsoft Office again. If you purchased the software as a digital download, you should have an email with your key in it. If you have purchased a hard copy of the software, the installation key will be on the package the installation disc came in.

If you have already redeemed your key (as will be the case for most re-installations), this step isn’t necessary. If you didn’t redeem your product key when you first bought Office, go to www.setup.office.com and sign in with any version of a Microsoft account (Hotmail, Outlook, X Box, etc.). If you don’t have a Microsoft account, sign up for one now. When prompted, insert your 16-digit code. The cursor should move along with your typing, so there’s no need to click on individual boxes. This will activate your Microsoft Office 2016 software or your Office 365 subscription, and once you have activated it, you will be ready to get started.

Be sure you choose the appropriate version of Microsoft Office before you download. It’s important that you determine whether you want 32-bit or 64-bit before you download.

Check whether your Office edition is for Home or Business

The instructions are different depending on which version of Office you have. If you have the Student edition or Home edition, then you need one set, whereas all of the Business suites have separate instructions. Thankfully, this is not true for 2016 and 365. Regardless of which version of you have between those two, the instructions are the same.

The versions of Office that are considered “Home” suites include:

  • Office 365 Home
  • Office 365 Personal
  • Office 365 University
  • Office 2016 Home & Student
  • Office 2016 Home & Business
  • Office 2016 Professional
  • Office 2016 Professional Plus

The versions of Office that are considered Business suites include:

  • Office 365 Business/Business Premium
  • Office 365 Education E5
  • Office 365 ProPlus
  • Office 365 Enterprise E3/E4/E5
  • Office 365 Nonprofit Business Premium/E3/E5
  • Office 365 U.S. Government Community G3/G5
  • Project Online Professional/Premium
  • Office 2016 Professional Plus
  • Visio Pro for Office 365
  • Office 365 Business Essentials
  • Office 365 Enterprise E1
  • Office 365 Education
  • Office 365 Nonprofit Business Essentials/E1
  • Office 365 U.S. Government G1
  • Project Online Essentials

Once you have determined which version of Office you have, simply continue to the correct set of instructions for reinstallation.

Find out if it’s better to download the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office

You can get Office 2016 and 365 in either a 32-bit or 64-bit version. The default is the 32-bit version, and this should be the correct choice for you if you are doing basic work in Office. The 64-bit version requires more memory and processing power. It is generally reserved for those who intend to work on very large projects such as:

  • Large and extensive databases with very complex calculations
  • Extremely large pictures, videos, and animation in PowerPoint
  • Files over 2GB in size in Projects
  • In-house Office customizations

Reinstall steps for Home

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Step #1: Find your product key

While mainstream support for the OS ended in 2015, Microsoft is still offering updates to Windows 7 and will continue to do so through 2020. These include critical security updates. So, there’s no reason to quit using the OS now if it fits your needs.

Step #2: Redeem your product key

If you’ve already redeemed your product key, you can skip this step.

If you didn’t redeem your product key when you first bought Office, go to www.setup.office.com and sign in with any version of a Microsoft account (Hotmail, Outlook, X Box, etc.). If you don’t have a Microsoft account, sign up for one now.

When prompted, insert your 16-digit code. The cursor should move along with your typing, so there’s no need to click on individual boxes.

Step #3: Go to the Office main page

Go to www.office.com/myaccount. If you haven’t yet signed in to your Microsoft account, do so now. Make sure this is the account on which your redeemed product key will show up. If you are logged in with a different account, log out and log back in with the correct account.

Step #4: Choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit version

If you choose the 32-bit version, simply download it by clicking Install. If you select the 64-bit version, choose your preferred language and then select the 64-bit option before clicking Install.

Step #5: Install Office

Open the file you’ve downloaded in your browser. If you are prompted with the question “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?”, click Yes.

The installation process should then be automatic.

Step #6: Activate Office

Follow the prompts to find the new programs in your start menu. At this point, you will either be prompted to agree to the Microsoft License Agreement or else you may be prompted to activate the product. If so, just follow the prompts.

Reinstall steps for Business

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Step #1: Sign in with your account

Make sure this is the business account where the product is registered.

Step #2: Choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit version

The 32-bit will be the default. Go to advanced settings for the 64-bit version. Regardless, after you’ve made your decision, click Install to begin the process.

Step #3: Go to the Office main page

Open the file you’ve downloaded in your browser. If you are prompted with the question “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?”, click Yes.

The installation process should then be automatic.

Step #4: Activate Office

You may be prompted either to accept the Microsoft License Agreement or, rarely to activate the product. If it is the latter, simply follow the prompts.

Microsoft Office 2016 Updates

The great thing about a Microsoft Office 365 subscription is that you have access to storage, software, and other tools based on the subscription you choose. Also, you don’t need to worry about updates. With a 365 subscription, you will always have the latest versions of Microsoft Office and will likely not have to worry about reinstalling your Microsoft products.

If you are using a hard copy or boxed version of Microsoft Office 2016, you can always reinstall Office, but you will have to download all of the updates each time you reinstall the software. Knowing how to reinstall Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365 on your PC can save you a lot of headaches should you find that your current installation is giving you problems. In most cases, reinstalling Office is the best way to get it running the way it should run.

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