64-bit Client Installation of Microsoft Office 2010 [Updated]

64-bit Client Installation of Microsoft Office 2010 [Updated]

An updated version of the 64-bit Client Installation of Microsoft Office 2010 Model is now available for download from the Microsoft Download Center.

64-bit Client Installation of Microsoft Office 2010

This model describes and illustrates the 64-bit client installation of Microsoft Office 2010. Elements include setup overview, processes, requirements, deployment considerations, and supported scenarios.

This model is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

Office 2010 64-bit Setup processes

  • Processors that are 64-bit are becoming the standard for systems that range from servers to desktop computers. 64-bit systems can use more virtual and physical memory than 32-bit systems. This lets users work with much larger data sets than they could previously, and to analyze and solve large computational problems. Microsoft Office 2010 introduces native 64-bit versions of Microsoft Office products to take advantage of this larger capacity, but many users of Office are unlikely to require the 64-bit version. For example, this additional capacity is needed only by those Microsoft Excel users who require Excel spreadsheets that are larger than 2 gigabytes (GB).
  • The 32-bit version of Office 2010 provides the same functionality and is also compatible with 32-bit add-ins. Therefore, the 32-bit version of Office 2010 is installed by default.
  • Office 2010 also provides support for running 32-bit Office 2010 applications on 64-bit Windows operating systems by using Windows-32-on-Windows-64 (WOW64). WOW64 is the x86 emulator that enables 32-bit Windows-based applications to run seamlessly on 64-bit Windows systems. Office 2010 lets users continue to use existing 32-bit Microsoft ActiveX Controls, Component Object Model (COM) add-ins, and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).

Supported 64-bit Windows operating systems

The supported Windows operating system editions for 64-bit Office 2010 client include:

  • 64-bit editions of Windows Vista with Service Pack 1
  • 64-bit editions of Windows 7
  • 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008 with SP1
  • 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008 R2

64-bit Client Installation of Microsoft Office 2010

  • The 64-bit Office client can be installed only on 64-bit editions of Windows Vista with Service Pack 1, 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • The 32-bit Office client is the default installation on 64-bit Windows operating systems. It is installed as a WOW64 installation.
  • Office 2010 server products (Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010, and Microsoft Project Server 2010) support the 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2, and Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • For click-to-run scenarios on supported 64-bit operating systems, the only supported version is Office 2010 32-bit (WOW64).

Architecture-specific folders and customization tools

The Office 2010 DVD sources include two architecture-specific folders: one for 32-bit systems and one for 64-bit. A separate Config.xml file and Updates folder is included in each of these folders. A 64-bit version of the Office Customization Tool (OCT) is also included. The 64-bit version of the OCT provides the same user interface, capabilities, and configurable settings as the 32-bit version.

Additional Information

  • To edit the Visio version of the model, you must have Microsoft Visio 2010 or Microsoft Office Visio 2007. You can also use Microsoft Internet Explorer and the Visio 2010 Viewer to view the model.
  • To view the PDF version of the model, you must have a PDF viewer, such as Adobe Reader.
  • To view the XPS version of the model, you must have Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with .NET Framework 3.0, or XPS Essentials Pack.
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