Change recommended update and diagnostic settings

When Microsoft Office Setup is complete, you are asked to select a level of participation in Microsoft offerings, such as important product updates and Office Diagnostics. If you don’t set the options now, don’t worry, you can change them at any time.

Important    None of the information collected by or provided to Microsoft is used to identify or contact you. To learn more, see Office Privacy Statement.

Change your settings

Change the Windows Update settings

Note   If your Microsoft Office product was installed with Microsoft Office Click-to-Run, use Click-to-Run Product Updates instead of Microsoft Update. In Office 2010, click File > Help > Update Options, and then click the option you want. In Office 2013, click File > Account > Update Options, and then click the option you want.

If you’re using Windows 8 (applies to Office 2010 and 2013)

  1. On the Charms bar, search Apps for Control Panel.

  2. Click System and Security, and then click Windows Update.

  3. Click Change Settings.

  4. Choose the setting you want, and then click OK.

If you're using Windows 7 (applies to Office 2010 and 2013)

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel

  2. Click System and Security, and then click Windows Update.

  3. Click Change Settings.

  4. Choose your settings, and then click OK.

If you're using Windows Vista (only applies to Office 2010)

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel

  2. Under Security, click Check for updates, and then click Change Settings.

  3. Choose your settings, and then click OK.

If you're using Windows XP (only applies to Office 2010)

  1. Go to the Microsoft Update website.

  2. Click Change Settings.

  3. Under To stop using Microsoft Update, select the Disable Microsoft Update software and let me use Windows Update only check box.

  4. Click Apply changes now, and then click Yes.

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Change Privacy Options settings

  1. Click File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Privacy Options.

  2. Check or uncheck the box of the option you want to change.

  3. Click OK.

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Learn more about each option

Use recommended settings

Note   If your Microsoft Office product was installed with Microsoft Office Click-to-Run, use Click-to-Run Product Updates instead of Microsoft Update. In Office 2010, click File > Help > Update Options, and then click the option you want. In Office 2013, click File > Account > Update Options, and then click the option you want

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8     Choosing this setting enables Microsoft Update Service and Automatic Updates. Important and recommended updates are automatically installed for Office, and other Microsoft software. Important updates provide significant benefits, such as better protection from security or privacy threats. They also improve the reliability of your computer and software. If your software connects to an online service, Important updates may be installed, if required, to maintain your access to the online service. Recommended updates address non-critical problems and help enhance your computing experience. You might also be offered new optional Office and Microsoft software. New software will not be installed automatically.

  • Windows XP     Choosing this setting enables Microsoft Update Service and Automatic Updates. High Priority updates are automatically installed for Office, and other Microsoft software. High Priority updates provide significant benefits, such as better protection from security or privacy threats. They also improve the reliability of your computer and software. If your software connects to an online service, High Priority updates might be installed, if required, to maintain your access to the online service. You will also receive updates for new software notifications as part of this setting.

You also receive the following services:

  • Online Help when connected to the Internet

    This lets you search for Help content on the Office.com website and choose whether updated Help content is downloaded to your computer.

  • Online Help Search Relevancy

    This detects the Office programs on your computer and gives you better search results when you are connected to the Office.com website.

  • Reliability Updates

    This enables your computer to automatically receive updates that help track and solve unexpected program closures and system failures.

  • Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)

    This includes you in the Customer Experience Improvement Program that helps improve Microsoft Office.

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Install updates only

Note   If your Microsoft Office product was installed with Microsoft Office Click-to-Run, use Click-to-Run Product Updates instead of Microsoft Update. In Office 2010, click File > Help > Update Options, and then click the option you want. In Office 2013, click File > Account > Update Options, and then click the option you want

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8     Choosing this setting enables Microsoft Update Service and Automatic Updates. Important and recommended updates are automatically installed for Office, and other Microsoft software. Important updates provide significant benefits, such as better protection from security or privacy threats. They also improve the reliability of your computer and software. If your software connects to an online service, Important updates may be installed, if required, to maintain your access to the online service. Recommended updates address non-critical problems and help enhance your computing experience. You might also be offered new optional Office and Microsoft software. New software will not be installed automatically.

  • Windows XP     Choosing this setting enables Microsoft Update Service and Automatic Updates. High Priority updates are automatically installed for Office, and other Microsoft software. High Priority updates provide significant benefits, such as better protection from security or privacy threats. They also improve the reliability of your computer and software. If your software connects to an online service, High Priority updates might be installed, if required, to maintain your access to the online service. You will also receive updates for new software notifications as part of this setting.

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Don't make changes

When you choose this setting, no updates are automatically downloaded to your computer, Office Diagnostics can’t determine and solve issues with the Office programs that you have installed, and no information is collected by Microsoft to help improve Office.

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Applies To: Access 2013, Access 2010, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, InfoPath 2013, InfoPath 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Project 2010, Publisher 2013, Publisher 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010, Visio 2013, Visio 2010, Word 2013, Word 2010, Excel Starter, Project 2010 Standard, Visio Premium 2010, Visio Standard 2010, Word Starter, OneNote 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project Professional 2013, Project 2013 Standard, Visio 2016 Preview, InfoPath Edit Mode 2010, Picture Manager 2010



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