Description of the Office 2010 update: February 12, 2013

Applies to: Office Home and Student 2010Office Professional 2010Office Professional Plus 2010


Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Office 2010. This update provides the latest fixes for the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Office 2010.

Issue that this update fixes

Consider the following scenario: 
  • You install Microsoft Office 2010 and then Office 2013. 
  • You use Office 2013 as the default program for Office files. 
  • You install an update for Office 2010 from Windows Update.
  • You double-click an Office file.
In this scenario, the file is opened in Office 2010 instead of Office 2013.


This issue occurs because the update for Office 2010 sets Office 2010 as the default program for Office files. Therefore, all Office files are associated with Office 2010.


This problem has been addressed in Office 2010 Service Pack 2. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:  
2687455 Description of Office 2010 Service Pack 2

Update details

This update does not replace a previously released update.

How to obtain and install the update

To get the stand-alone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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Restart information

You do not have to restart the computer after you install this update.
The Office System TechCenter contains the latest administrative updates and strategic deployment resources for all versions of Office. For more information about the Office System TechCenter, go to the following Microsoft website: