Install the First Release build for Office 365 for business customers

If you’re an Office 365 for business customer, follow these steps to install the First Release build for the Office 365 client. This gives you early access to the new features of Office 2016 and is the same as the Office Insider build. While not required at this time, if you’re the Office 365 admin, we also recommend that you enable First Release for the users that have the First Release build.

Important: If you’re an Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal, or Office 365 University subscriber, don’t follow these steps. Instead, go to Office Insider to sign up and get the Office Insider build.

  1. Download the Office Deployment Tool (Office 2016 version) from the Microsoft Download Center.

  2. Double-click OfficeDeploymentTool.exe to extract the Setup.exe file and the sample configuration.xml file.

  3. Use a text editor (like Notepad) to edit the configuration.xml file like this:

    <Configuration>
    <Add OfficeClientEdition="32" Branch="FirstReleaseCurrent">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
    <Language ID="en-us" />
    </Product>
    </Add>
    <Updates Enabled="TRUE" />
    <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />
    <Logging Level="Standard" Path="%temp%" />
    </Configuration>

    This installs a 32-bit version of Office 365 ProPlus in English from the Office Content Delivery Network (CDN) on the Internet. It also automatically gets updated from the CDN when available.

    Note: If you have the Office 365 Business or Office 365 Business Premium plan, use O365BusinessRetail, instead of O365ProPlusRetail, for the Product ID in the configuration.xml file.

    Learn more about configuration.xml settings in Reference for Click-to-Run configuration.xml file.

  4. Copy setup.exe and configuration.xml to the computer where you want Office 2016. An Internet connection is required.

  5. From an elevated command prompt, go to the folder where you copied the files and run the following command:

    Setup.exe /configure configuration.xml

This copies the Office files to the computer and starts the installation. If Office 2016 is already installed on your computer, these steps automatically update the version of Office installed on your computer.

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