Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows was released on October 11, 2012. It is the successor of the previous version, Office 2010, and among the most used programs across the globe. However, after using the Office 2013 programs such as PowerPoint, Word, and Excel repeatedly, there may be times when these applications face some serious issues such as crashes, corrupted files, etc. And in some scenarios, you may not be able to run any Office 2013 application. At this point in time, you may wish to perform some magical process that will resolve the issue.
Fortunately there is an easy way to resolve these issues and it's called a Repair installation. In this tutorial we explain how this task can be performed.
Running a Repair Installation
- Launch the Run dialog box in Windows, and type in "control appwiz.cpl" without the quotes, as shown in Figure 1, below. Then click the OK button.
Figure 1: Run dialog box
- This will launch the Programs and Features window, as shown in Figure 2, below. Your interface may look a little different based upon which version of Windows you are using, but the general process still remains the same.
Figure 2: Programs and Features window
- Within the list of programs, locate your Office 2013 version. This may differ on various systems. For instance, our version of Office 2013 is called Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013. To make sure you are choosing Office 2013, ensure that the Product version number begins with 15, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, above. Then choose your version of Office 2013, and then click the Change button as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2, above.
- Now, the Change your installation window appears, as shown in Figure 3, below. You will see four radio buttons:
- Add or Remove Features lets you change installed options. You can remove a program or feature you do not use, or add something you did not choose to install earlier.
- Repair does an installation repair, and that's what we selected.
- Remove uninstalls Office 2013 entirely.
- Enter a Product key lets you change your existing product key. This option is helpful if you want to move from one product key to other, without having to reinstall the entire Office 2013 suite all over again.
Figure 3: Change your Office 2013 installation
- We chose the Repair option, and were presented with the Configuration Progress window, as shown in Figure 4, below. This might take a while.
Figure 4: Configuration Progress
- You will finally see the window, shown in Figure 5. Click the Close button to complete the Repair process.
Figure 5: Repair complete
- You may be asked for a system reboot to complete the setup, as shown in Figure 6, below. Click Yes to reboot now, or No to reboot on your own later. Once the reboot is done, you can run your Office 2013 programs.
Figure 6: Do you want to reboot now?