None of your files will be affected when uninstalling old versions of Office, files created eg Excel/Word documents will stay on your system and open on your new version when installed – Outlook emails and folders will automatically be picked up by the new version aswell.
We very often get questions from customers stating that Office 365 is opening, this is due to Office 365 still being installed on the system, please follow these steps to ensure Office 365 is not installed, Office 365 is often preinstalled on systems as a trial as well so please follow this even if you have never installed Office 365.
Open your Start Menu
Search for ‘Apps & Features”
If Office365 is installed you will see the highlighted application in the picture below, click the three dots next to it and click ‘Uninstall’, if you don’t see it then please skip ahead.
2. Downloading Office 2021 Professional Plus
(Please note Microsoft now provide the same installer for Office 365 and Office 2021, it is perfectly normal for Office 365 to show during the install when you enter the activation code at the end the program will automatically revert over to Office 2021)
Choose your language and click the link to download the IMG file. The download process should start after clicking the link.
Here is a list of Microsoft official links to download the Office 2021 Professional Plus IMG file.
Choose your language, click the link to start the downloadand wait for the download to finish before mounting the file. It can take 10-20 minutes depending of your internet speed.
Depending on your browser and system settings you may see a message stating this file can harm your computer – this is due to the file extension of the file (IMG) this download is directly from Microsoft (can be confirmed via the download link URL) – you can safely click ‘Keep File’.
Mounting IMG file
To do this, access your Downloadsfolder to locate the downloaded IMG file and right-click on the IMG file and select the option mountfrom the contextual menu. See the screenshot below. This will mount the file as a virtual device and allow you to access it like a pen drive, if you don’t see a mount option please just open the file with Windows Explorer to do this right click the IMG file, highlight ‘Open With’ then select ‘Windows Explorer’ then skip the ‘installing’ step below and instead just run the Setup file inside the folder that opened then skip ahead to ‘Activation’.
Mounting IMG file
After doing this step, on the left side of this same window, you will see that an Office device appears under This Pc. Click on the new device (1), and then in the right side of the window you will see the content. Finally, double-click on the setupfile. You can see it in the screenshot above as the number (2). This will start the installation process.
The installer will choose the best Office version for your computer. However, if you want to force a 64-bit installation. You can do this by accessing theOfficefolder and running the file named Setup64.
After completing the installation process, reboot your operating system. When done, start one of the Office applications (Word, for example). After some seconds a new window will popup asking to enter the product key. Enter your product key and click the Activate Office button.
That’s all. Now you have your Office completely installed and activated. Enjoy your Office suite, please remember that Office 2021 installs each application so you won’t find a link for ‘Office’ on your system unlike Office365, you will instead have links for Word,Excel eg, you can find these by searching on your Start Menu as shown below: