How do I keep on running Office 365 ProPlus 2013?

To prevent Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus from being automatically updated to Office 2016 over the Internet, use one of the methods in the "Resolution" section. 

Important Apply one of these methods only on installations of Office 365 ProPlus that are configured to automatically receive monthly updates over the Internet. If you’ve configured Office 365 ProPlus to receive updates from a location on your internal network, or if you’ve turned off automatic updates, you don’t have to use these methods, because you control when the update to Office 2016 occurs.

We’ve enhanced the upgrade and installation experience, and for Office 365 subscribers we’ve made changes to how Office 2016 apps will be updated from this point forward. We’re also delivering new tools and resources to help you prepare, deploy, and manage Office. See this blog post for the announcement about Office 2016.
There are two ways to prevent Office 365 ProPlus from updating to Office 2016. Use the method that works best for your organization.

Note These methods also work for Office 365 Business, which is the version of Office that comes with the Office 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium plans.

Note: Prior to implementing either Method 1 or 2 below, ensure that you have the latest Office 2013 updates installed.

Method 1: Use Group Policy templates

Use the Enable Automatic Upgrade Group Policy setting that's included in the Office 2013 Group Policy Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML), which you can download from here. This policy setting is located under Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013 (Machine)\Updates. Select Disabled.

Note Group Policy can be used only on computers that are joined to a domain.

Method 2: Set a registry key

Important Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.

To have us fix this problem for you, go to the "Here's an easy fix" section. If you prefer to fix this problem manually, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

Here's an easy fix

To fix this problem automatically, click the Download button. In the File Download dialog box, click Run or Open, and then follow the steps in the easy fix wizard.
  • This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
  • If you’re not on the computer that has the problem, save the easy fix solution to a flash drive or a CD, and then run it on the computer that has the problem.

Let me fix it myself

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Go to the following location in the registry on each affected computer:


Add the following value under the office update subkey: 

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Setting this registry key will disable the “Get the New Office” upgrade prompt.

NOTE: After applying the easy fix, some users report that while the “Get the New Office” prompt stops appearing, the “Updates Available” prompt now appears frequently but doesn’t actually install any Office 2013 updates. This is a known issue.

To stop this from happening, you can modify the registry as follows:

1. Press (Windows key) + R to open the Run box.
2. To open the Registry Editor, type regedit and click OK.
3. Expand the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder and navigate to the following registry key: \Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\ClickToRun\Updates

IMPORTANT: Make sure to back up the registry key before making changes.

4. In the right pane of the registry editor, double-click UpdatesBlockedTime.
5. The Edit String dialog box appears.
6. In the Value data field, change the existing value to 0, and then click OK.
7. Close the Registry Editor.

You can continue to receive updates for the Office 2013 version of Office 365 ProPlus until February 2017. After February 2017, there will be no more updates for Office 2013. Therefore, we recommend that you update to the Office 2016 version of Office 365 ProPlus as soon as possible. Office 365 ProPlus customers will not be automatically upgraded until February 2016. For more information, see Prepare to update Office 365 to the Office 2016 version.
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Article ID: 3097292 - Last Review: 07/20/2016 21:21:00 - Revision: 9.4

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