Now that the Office 2010 RTM is released and available for public, it’s the right time to upgrade and explore the newest version of Office on your PC. Office 2007 users can easily upgrade to Office 2010 without uninstalling the existing Office 2007 installation. And the best thing is that the setup doesn’t delete your Office settings during the upgrade.
However, you need to remember a few things before purchasing your Office 201o copy. First, make sure that your PC meets the minimum requirements of Office 2010. It’s important because you need to have installed SP1 on Vista, and SP3 on Windows XP to be eligible to install the newest version of productivity suite from Microsoft.
Second, unlike Office 2007, Office 2010 is available in x64 and x86 versions but you can only upgrade from Office 2007 x86 to Office 2010 x86 only. If you try to upgrade Office 2007 to Office 2010 x64, you will see the following error message. Also note that Office 2010-x64 doesn’t support Windows XP. It supports only Vista SP1, Windows 7, Server 2003 R2, Server 2008, and Server 2008 R2.
So, if you are planning to install 64-bit Office 2010, you need to uninstall your 32-bit Office suite first and then run the Office 2010 installer to avoid the error.
Here is how to upgrade from Office 2007 to Office 2010:
Step 1: Download your Office 2010 setup from TechNet or MSDN.
Step 2: Fire up the installer, enter your product key and click Continue button.
Step 3: In the next screen, accept the license agreement and click Continue to upgrade option.
Step 4: Here you need to click Upgrade button as you would like to upgrade from Office 2007 to Office 2010. Simply click Upgrade button to begin upgrading from Office 2007 to 2010.
Step 5: Once done, you will be asked to reboot your machine. Click Yes for the prompt to reboot your PC and complete the installation process. Enjoy Office 2010!
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