How to Rollback to Office 2013 From Office 2016

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Newer isn’t always better, especially where it comes to software, and sometimes newer versions of software can cause certain compatibility issues. Sometimes Office 2016 can be cause of these issues, and today we’re going to show you how to roll back to Office 2013 from Office 2016 on Windows 10.

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How to Downgrade Office 2016 to Office 2013

Solution 1 – Use Office 2013 Subscription

Microsoft has recently added a way to switch back to Office 2013 on your My Account page, and to do so, just follow these simple instructions:

  1. Go to this link.
  2. Sign in and click Install.
  3. Select the language and the install options.
  4. Choose Additional install options.
  5. Choose Office 2013 as the preferred version and 32 or 64 bit version depending on your operating system and processor.

Solution 2 – Remove Office 2016 and install Office 2013

This is pretty straightforward solution:

  1. Download Fix it tool from Microsoft to remove Office 2016. You can download Fix it tool here.uninstall office
  2. Install one of the following versions of Office 2013:

After Office 2013 installation you might want to disable automatic updates so it doesn’t update to Office 2016 on its own.

To do so follow these steps:

  1. Open Registry Editor. You can open it by typing regedit in the Search bar.
  2. Navigate to the following path:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\office\15.0\common\officeupdate
  3. Add this value to the office update subkey:
    • “enableautomaticupgrade”=dword:00000000.

If you don’t know how to do this, skip this step and instead download and run this file.

Solution 3 – Download Office 2013 offline installation package

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    1. Download Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run from here (If the download link doesn’t work, download older version from here).
    2. Run Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run and extract it to C:\Office15\.
    3. Go to C:\Office15\ and open configuration.xml and delete everything from it.
    4. Enter this into configuration.xml file:
      • <Configuration><Add SourcePath=”C:\Office15\” OfficeClientEdition=”64″ ><Product ID=”ProfessionalRetail”><Language ID=”en-us” /></Product></Add></Configuration>
    5. Now you will need to replace certain data. Remember to keep all the values between the quotes:
      • Set SourcePath to the C:\Office15\
      • Set OfficeClientEdition to 32 for 32bit version or 64 for 64bit version.
      • Set Product ID to one of the values from the table below.
      • Product ID Product Name
        AccessRetail Microsoft Access 2013
        ExcelRetail Microsoft Excel 2013
        GrooveRetail Microsoft OneDrive for Business 2013
        HomeBusinessPipcRetail Microsoft Office Home and Business Premium
        HomeBusinessRetail Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013
        HomeStudentRetail Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013
        InfoPathRetail Microsoft InfoPath 2013
        LyncAcademicRetail Microsoft Lync Academic 2013
        LyncEntryRetail Microsoft Lync Basic 2013
        LyncRetail Microsoft Lync 2013
        MondoRetail Microsoft Office Mondo 2013
        O365BusinessRetail Microsoft Office 365 Business
        O365HomePremRetail Microsoft Office 365
        O365ProPlusRetail Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus
        O365SmallBusPremRetail Microsoft Office 365 Small Business Premium
        OneNoteFreeRetail Microsoft OneNote 2013
        OneNoteRetail Microsoft OneNote 2013
        OutlookRetail Microsoft Outlook 2013
        PersonalPipcRetail Microsoft Office Personal Premium
        PersonalRetail Microsoft Office Personal 2013
        PowerPointRetail Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
        ProfessionalPipcRetail Microsoft Office Professional Premium
        ProfessionalRetail Microsoft Office Professional 2013
        ProjectProRetail Microsoft Project Professional 2013
        ProjectStdRetail Microsoft Project Standard 2013
        ProPlusRetail Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013
        PublisherRetail Microsoft Publisher 2013
        SPDRetail Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2013
        StandardRetail Microsoft Office Standard 2013
        VisioProRetail Microsoft Visio Professional 2013
        VisioStdRetail Microsoft Visio Standard 2013
        WordRetail Microsoft Word 2013
      • Set Language ID to en-us for English version.office configuration

As we already mentioned mind the quotes, so please keep all the values between the quotes. If you don’t do that, the installation will fail.

    1. Run Command Prompt. You can run it by entering cmd in Search bar. Type the following to switch to that folder:
      • cd C:\Office15
    2. Now enter the following (This will start the download process. Remember, this might take a while depending on your internet speed, so make sure that you don’t cancel it):
      • setup.exe /download configuration.xmloffice rollback
    3. Now go to C:\Office15>Office>Data and locate the folder with numbers in its name (Remember those numbers, you’ll need them for next step).
    4. Go back to C:\Office15 and open configuration.xml and paste this into it:
      • <Configuration><Add SourcePath=”C:\Office15\” Version=”15.0.4481.1005″ OfficeClientEdition=”64″ ><Product ID=”ProfessionalRetail”><Language ID=”en-us” /></Product></Add><Display Level=”Full” AcceptEULA=”TRUE” /></Configuration>
    5. Now you need to change values to the ones you used when downloading Office in Step 4 (Remember to change the Version value to the one from the Step 7).
    6. Open Command Prompt and enter: cd C:\Office15.
    7. Now enter this into Command Prompt for the installation to start.
      • setup.exe /configure configuration.xml
    8. If you get any errors, you might need to check configuration.xml if the values are the same like in Step 4 and Step 7 and if they are placed properly between the quotes.

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