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  • How to update Microsoft Office 2013 / 2016 msi based version manually

    This is totally off-topic, but we thought it might help someone who cannot turn on the automatic updates for their Office 2013 / 2016.

    The issue is Microsoft Office is now divided between Windows Installer (MSI) based and Click-to-Run (C2R) versions. If you happen to have the former, it may not update itself automatically. And there is no user interface to allow you to change the update settings. This link below explains the difference:
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/...on-msi-vs-c2r/

    There are some solutions to pull the updates from the Microsoft server, but they can be daunting for the non-technical user.

    We had the same issue. Word 2016 was crashing on us and we couldn't find a way to update. Thankfully, we found out that Microsoft has a monthly post on updates for its Office suite:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ate-for-office

    Based on this, by searching for the terms '<Month> <Year> update for Office', you can get to all the update pages Microsoft has released, and the updates themselves. So for example, searching for 'April 2016 update for office', you can get the office updates released for April 2016. For Office 2016, the updates started in October 2015.

    So now, if you so choose, you can download all the updates and patches released for Office products. Note that there are duplicate updates, but at least Microsoft will tell you that the update has already been applied. And there're A LOT of updates, so be prepared to sink some time into the whole downloading and updating process.
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