How to Fix Auto Update Problem in Microsoft Office 2013?

As a default feature, all of Microsoft’s applications such as MS Office are configured to automatically install the latest updates. The Auto Update feature of Microsoft Office 2013 regularly looks for the most recently published updates and installs them on the go. However, this feature can be manually disabled or enabled by users easily.

How to Check the Status of Microsoft Office 2013

  1. Open up any Office 2013 program such as MS Word or MS Excel
  2. Look for the File Tab and click on Account
  3. On the right side, look for Office Update Options
  4. Check the status of Auto Update

Enable/ Disable Auto Update

  1. From the Update Options – Select on the following
    1. Disable Automatic Updates
    2. Enable Automatic Updates

Manually Update MS Office 2013

  1. Choose Update Now to manually check for any updates
  2. This will search & install any latest updates, if available
  3. Close the window once it shows the ‘You’re up to date’ message

Windows Update 

You can also tweak the settings from the Windows Live Update feature for Microsoft Office 2013. Windows sends out a consolidated list of updates for all of its applications. So you can choose to enable/ disable Windows updates in general to start/ stop the Auto Updates to MS Office 2013

  1. Log-in to Control Panel
  2. Open Windows Updates section
  3. Go to Change Settings
  4. Select ‘Never Check for Updates’ to disable, or
  5. Select ‘Install Updates Automatically’ to enable

Uninstalling Recent Updates

If you want to uninstall a recent update that has been applied to your MS Office 2013, you can easily do it using the following steps-

Microsoft Office For Windows 7:

  1. Open the Start menu
  2. Enter ‘Run’ and then select the ‘Run’ program
  3. In the run program, type ‘Appwiz.cpl’ and click on OK
  4. Select the View installed updates option
  5. This will open up the list of the updates
  6. Locate and select the update you are willing to roll back
  7. Click on Uninstall – your update will be removed

For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:

  1. Open the search bar
  2. Enter and select Windows update
  3. Then select Installed updates
  4. This will open up the list of the updates
  5. Locate and select the update you are willing to roll back
  6. Click on Uninstall – your update will be removed

Microsoft Office For Windows 10:

  1. Go to the start menu
  2. Enter ‘view installed updates’ and press enter
  3. This will open up the list of the updates
  4. Locate and select the update you are willing to roll back
  5. Click on Uninstall – your update will be removed

If you are experiencing some trouble in updating your version of Microsoft Office 2013, make a note of the error message that might crop up on the screen. Search the internet with the error message or error code and you’ll find a solution for it. However, if you’re not too sure how to go about it, consult a technician or get in touch with the Microsoft support.

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