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tommyboy819

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I run a Windows 7 64-bit SP1 OS, and Microsoft Office 2010.
When Windows Patch Tuesday runs updates for Microsoft Office 32-bit Editions, do I need to download them or can I ignore them?
Thank you for any feedback.
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Hello tommyboy819,

Are you running a 32 bits version of Microsoft Office? If yes, then you need to install the updates. If no, I am not sure if you can ignore it.
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Honestly, I don't know how many bit version of office I'm running.

How do I find out?
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Hi,

You can press Wintoets+P, then you can see it.
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You can press Wintoets+P, then you can see it.

What does this mean.

I don't understand it.
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You can press Wintoets+P, then you can see it.

What does this mean.

I don't understand it.


When you press that, you can see what you system is, 32 or 64 bits. But try to install the updates and see what happen.
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I found I have 32-bit and installed the updates.

Thanks for your help.
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You're welcome!
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Honestly, I don't know how many bit version of office I'm running.

How do I find out?


First off you should always install windows updates and office updates as new problems arise and that is why they create the pachs in the first place. Second off youre opening the door to malware if you do not keep your system up to date. Although it might take a bit of time, trust me it is much less then removing malware or reinstalling windows and losing al your data.

According to Microsoft there are three types of updates when it comes to windows updating:
Optional - Updates marked with this are not required, but if you notice problems with programs or anything and there is an optional update use that to see if it fixes your problem.

Critical - These are the updates that fix service pack problems and many other things that have been reported. These updates should not be left to the user to install. Do to the fact of forgeting to install some of these can make your system open to hackers and other problems. These updates might be refered to someone who is technical as the "Important updates"

Although Microsoft considers the Important and critical updates depending on a set of standers they use, to a technical person telling a genral user to install updates they are refering to everything besides the optional updates, unless you need them to address a problem you notice.

If you have Outlook installed, make sure to install the optional junk mail filters as this wil help protect your computer as well.

If your computer is not set to auto update, do the following:
Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Make sure that you are connected to the Internet
Click on your start menu, select All Programs and then choose Windows Update
On the left, click Check for Updates to see if your computer needs updates.
To setup automatic updates, on the left click Change Settings and then choose the recommended option and set when you want your computer to download and install new updates. Note: this is the best and safest option
Then clickOK at the bottom

Windows XP

Make sure that you are connected to the Internet
Click your start menu and then click programs (or All Programs) and click on Windows Updates at the top of the list
When the page loads, choose Express and the computer will check for available updates and install them automatically.
If you would like to see what updates are available, you can also choose Custom and it will allow you to pick and choose which updates to install. We highly recommend that you install all critical updates.

Last but not least finding out what bit type of office you have, you really have no need to be consirned about what version of office you are running, Microsoft's update date center does that for you. but the bit type of office cororlates to the bit type of the system, unless it is a business computer then they have bought Mark or mass activation keys for one bit type of ofice and that is offten 32 bit or x86 they are the same thing. 32-bit virsions of most programs can be run on a 64 bit system. That is a whole other thing to explain.

Find the bit type of your computer system and you will know what bit type of office you are running and what bit type you need to buy when getting computer [programs for your system. Click start or the windows key
Right click on computer
Click Properties
It will say what bit system you are running and that is your office version as well.

Note If I say click, that means left click unless unless otherwise noted
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Edited by blindhelpfultech, 17 November 2012 - 01:05 PM.

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many thanks for your expertise and advice.
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