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    Running Office 2013 under Win7

    I would like to ask if anyone is comfortably running Office 2013 under Win 7.

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    Yes, no problems at all doing that (Office 2013, 32 bit on Win 7 x64).
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    No problems here, except for some known bugs and the awful flat UI. I've been using it constantly since the first beta release.

    Office 2013 (32-bit) on Windows 7 (64-bit), along with various pieces of Office 2003, 2007, and 2010 all side-by-side (but, of course, Outlook 2013 only).

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    No problems at all.
    And (in response to another post) I love " the awful flat UI". That's why I am running Office 2003.
    (I also have 2010, which I run on other machines, and 2013 which I am not)
    I prefer 2003 and I'll run it forever.
    As far as the supposed security holes, I believe that the threat is exaggerated.
    There are "standard" ways to mitigate those.

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    Running well here for 6 months, 32bit Office 2013 on 64bit Win7.

    OP if you're having problems, if you have 64bit office, try the 32bit. Or try uninstalling old Office versions if you have and can.

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    Thank you all the help and suggestions. I should explain that I am already loaded for bear with Office 2013, having it in a dual-boot configuration running under Windows 8. I am not a Win 8 enthusiast and decided to get rid of the thing entirely, but to try running 2013 on the Win 7 partition.

    My first discovery was that I had to uninstall Microsoft Office Click-to-Run 2010 (Protected), but I think they used another name for it and it had me baffled for a long time before I knew what they were talking about (at which point I hit myself on the head). It’s the free and somewhat limited version of Word and Excel that comes with a new computer in the hope that it will inspire you to buy the full Office, and it is handy because you can put it on a flash drive and have that version of those two programs available for use on any machine.

    The second discovery is that it appears that if you are going to mix and match different versions of Office, you can’t mix 32- and 64-bit versions on the same 64-bit Windows, as one post has already pointed out. Since the great advantage of 2013 is that it is optimized for 64-bit performance, the sensible course is to uninstall a 32-bit 2010 Office installation and replace it with a 64-bit 2010 installation. Then install the 64-bit 2013, or as much of it as you like, making sure you have only one Outlook. I have had 64-bit 2010 running on one computer from its release with no problems, and it should be fine (apart from downloading the updates).

    I confess one thing: it's not installed yet.

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    I wouldn't say that Office 2013 is "optimized for 64-bit performance". The 64-bit version gives you access to enormous amounts of RAM, which is useful mainly for gigantic Excel workbooks and Access databases, but there is very little difference in speed. In some cases the 64-bit version may actually be slower.

    The big potential drawback to 64-bit Office is that there are very few 64-bit add-ins. Before installing 64-bit Office instead of 32-bit, you need to review any add-ins that you already use, to determine whether they have 64-bit equivalents or whether you can do without them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjfreedman View Post
    I wouldn't say that Office 2013 is "optimized for 64-bit performance". The 64-bit version gives you access to enormous amounts of RAM, which is useful mainly for gigantic Excel workbooks and Access databases, but there is very little difference in speed. In some cases the 64-bit version may actually be slower.

    The big potential drawback to 64-bit Office is that there are very few 64-bit add-ins. Before installing 64-bit Office instead of 32-bit, you need to review any add-ins that you already use, to determine whether they have 64-bit equivalents or whether you can do without them.
    l was influenced by WindowsSecrets own Office 2013 - The Real Guide, which argued in favour of the 64-bit version and pointed out that with a clean install the 64-bit version will be installed by default. As I pointed out, I have one installation of the 64-bit version of Office 2010 which has performed satisfactorily for my purposes from the start. My Office 2013 running under Windows 8 is 64-bit, and performs very well.

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    I'm running the 32 bit version of Office 2013 Home & Business quite happily under Win 7 Pro 64 bit edition.
    I'm also running 32 bit Office 2013 Professional on a Win 8 Pro 64 bit system and it's great there, especially with the touch-screen features under Win 8.

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