“Office (64-bit or 32-bit) couldn’t be installed” error when trying to install

If you tried to install a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Office 2016, Office 2013, or an Office standalone application such as Visio on a computer that already has either the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office, you could see one of the following error messages. This occurs because you can't mix 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Office.

Can't install 32-bit Office over 64-bit Office error message

Can't install 32-bit over 64-bit Office error message

What to do

To fix this error and switch from 32-bit to 64-bit, you must first uninstall the 32-bit version and then install the 64-bit version. Likewise, to switch from 64-bit to 32-bit, you need to uninstall the 64-bit version and then install the 32-bit version.

For overall guidance about which version to install, see Choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office. If you're not sure which bit version you may have already installed, see What version of Office am I using?

Step 1: Uninstall Office

Uninstall the version of Office (or stand-alone Office application, such as Visio or Project) you don't want. Follow the steps in Uninstall Office from a PC.

Step 2: Install the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office

Select the version of Office you want to install:

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