Upgrading Office 2007 to 2010

As many organizations start looking at Office 2010 if they have not already made the upgrade, many administrators will be looking at the upgrade process for Office 2010.  We wanted to step through this process with screenshots to show the upgrade process and what it takes, etc.  Our client has Office 2007 Professional installed with most of the standard Office apps.  We are running the install from a network share for this demo.

Installation Process:

  • Run the setup.exe program from your Office 2010 installation media as an administrator


  • Set begins as the necessary files are prepared



  • You are prompted to read and accept the terms of the license agreement



  • The installation procedure will prompt you to “Choose the installation you want”, displaying either an “upgrade” or “Customize”.



  • Since we already had Office 2007 installed, we chose to perform an upgrade on the existing installation, so we chose “Upgrade”.



  • The installation completes successfully



  • After the upgrade completes, you are prompted for a reboot



  • One thing you will notice in this version of Office is that you are not prompted for a setup key right from the start.  Microsoft has moved to the new KMS activation model for Office 2010 much like Vista, Windows, 7, and the Windows 2008 family of servers.  If you do not have a KMS server setup in your environment, you will need a MAK key to enter to activate the software.  The licensing tools are found by clicking File > Help and looking to the right of the screen.  You will see your Key and activation information there and also have the ability to change the product key here as well.



Final Thoughts:

The upgrade process from Office 2007 to 2010 went very smoothly.  No major problems, glitches, or even a hiccup.  The setup process works quickly and efficiently and there is no need to have the setup key ready from the start as with prior Office versions.  Licensing with this version is something to think about however, as Microsoft has moved to the KMS/MAK process and organizations will need to make sure they have the proper KMS infrastructure in place before upgrading for activation.


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