Office 2013 preview is out and the installation procedure is completely different from previous office releases. The easy to find installer is integrated into Office 365 and uses an AppV based technology called Click to Run. Basically you get a kind of a web installer and then the required bits are downloaded and installed. The attempt seems to be to make the installation process simple for the consumer, but then it also takes away your flexibility from an installation perspective.
Some problems you may encounter:
1. The default installation procedure downloads the 32-bit installer. If you have any component of the x64 Office 2010, then this will not work. You will have to choose the other install options link and ask for the x64 installer instead. This is quite easy to find.
2. The installer will automatically install only to the C:\. If you have a small C partition and want to install somewhere else, sorry no-go. I have not yet found a way to make the click to run installer install to any other path as yet.
This product SKU seems to be called the Office 365 Pro. Also you need to be connected to the internet the whole time the installation runs and it does download a lot of data and so the connection better be good (almost 1.2 GB when I checked). If you have multiple home computers, you can use the click to run deployment tool to download all the files and install it from a network share rather than go on the internet.
The problem seems to be that the click to run setup is not yet very stable and if it crashes or hangs, it leave a lot of stuff behind and then restarting the install can lead to further failures and so you basically cannot install Office 2013. This is what happened to me.
The steps to manually uninstall Office 2013 are not easy to find. I uninstalled via control panel, but still a lot of stuff was left behind. The manual uninstall steps are below:
1. Remove the published component registration for C2R
a. Locate the package folder by looking at: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\15.0\ClickToRun -> PackageFolder
b. Delete the C2RManifest*.xml files from <PackageFolder>\root\Integration.
c. Run the integrator with the /U command from elevated cmd:
2. Remove scheduled tasks from elevated cmd:
a.schtasks.exe /delete /tn "FF_INTEGRATEDstreamSchedule"
b.schtasks.exe /delete /tn "FF_INTEGRATEDUPDATEDETECTION"
c.schtasks.exe /delete /tn "FF_INTEGRATEDOffice 15 Subscription Heartbeat"
3. Close down any Office apps and shutdown/kill any of the following C2R processes from Task Manager:
4. Remove the Office Service from elevated cmd:
a. sc delete OfficeSvc
5. Delete the Office files by removing the following files/directories:
a."%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office 15"
Note: If there is a lock on any of these files or directories that prevents deletion, rebooting the machine and trying again should remove any stragglers.
6. Delete the Office regkeys by removing these nodes:
b.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Microsoft Office 15 - ProfessionalRetail - en-us
Note: Depending on your SKU or language, you may need to delete a similar, but differently named key by changing "ProfessionalRetail" to your SKU, and "en-us" to your language
7. Delete the start menu shortcuts:
a. "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Office\Microsoft Office 15 Tools"
b. "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Office"
c. "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SharePoint"
Note: If there are other Office products installed on the machine, you will need to go one level deeper than the above and delete the individual shortcuts with "15" in the names so as to not delete the shortcuts for the other Office products.
8. Uninstall the "Microsoft Office Habanero Local Components" from elevated cmd:
a. If running x86 Office on an x64 OS:
b. If running x86 Office on an x86 OS:
c. If running x64 Office on an x64 OS:
9. Uninstall the Microsoft Office Habanero Supplemental Local Components:
In certain cases, as was mine, even after the manual uninstall, the Click to Run installer still will not work. The install may start and get stuck in between etc. There is a full installer like for previous Office versions still available, but it is not easy to find too.
The installer is available as below:
http://office-watch.com/t/n.aspx?a=1728 – how to get “Normal” install, 32 and 64 bit
Direct Download Link for Standalone Offline Installer (32-bit) (624 MB) direct installer file download (you must get Product Key separately)
Direct Download Link for Standalone Offline Installer (64-bit) (702 MB) direct installer file download (you must get Product Key separately)
If you install this version, you will need a product key to activate (is not needed for install to work though).
https://profile.microsoft.com/RegSysProfileCenter/wizard.aspx?wizid=f2648d40-84ce-4556-8545-93d52a3253f2&lcid=1033&ci=393– Pro Plus 32 and 64 bit Trial Product Key and installer