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  • How do I upgrade from office with  xp to office for windows 10 ?
    Thursday, April 13, 2017 3:29 AM

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  • Hi,

    By "office with  xp", do you mean Office product installed on Windows XP, or Microsoft Office XP?

    There is no direct upgrade from Microsoft Office XP to the latest version of Office, or upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 10. Both of them are separate purchase, you will have to purchase the newer version, in order to install them on your machine.


    Ethan Hua

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    Friday, April 14, 2017 10:28 AM
  • How do I upgrade from office with  xp to office for windows 10 ?

    Just to add something to <Ethan Hua>'s reply to make it absolutely explicit and unambiguous

    Re: Win'XP to W10

    If you install W10 on the same machine as Win'XP - everything will get wiped out so be absolutely sure you have your data backed up BEFORE going through the process. You will then have to re-install ALL your programs so also make sure to make a note of any program licenses

    Re: Microsoft Office

    Doesn't matter what you're referring to since you will need to install it separately and then configure your email accounts again. There is no such thing as "Office for Windows 10" so assume you are referring to installing the latest version of Office.

    Some articles that may be of interest (relevance depends on level of expertise)

    Understanding Outlook Migration - Part 1 - Settings
    Understanding Outlook Migration - Part 2 - Data Files
    Understanding Outlook Migration - Part 3 - Email Account Creation
    How to Find & Copy the Right Outlook PST Files

    Understanding Outlook PST and OST Data Files
    Understanding Outlook Default Folders versus Default Account

    How to avoid automatic Imap account configuration

    Karl Timmermans [Outlook MVP] "Outlook Contact Import/Export/Data Mgmt" http://www.contactgenie.com

    Friday, April 14, 2017 1:05 PM
  • Hi,

    Office XP also called Office 2002. After that version, there are a lot of new versions, including 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016, see below for history of Office versions:


    There are no way to upgrade from Office XP to Office 2016. Normally we will do as follows:

    1. Backup all the data for Office XP. For example, for Outlook, you should backup the PST file and other supplemental files, such as the signature files.

    2. Install the latest version of Office(Office 2016). Then copy the backup data back. For example, you can copy the PST file back and open it in the latest Office(Office 16). 

    The data files for Office is backward compatible. For example, the Outlook XP is using an old format of PST file(ANSI format), which can be opened by Outlook 2016. And normally when you open it, Outlook 2016 will suggest you to upgrade the file format to the new format(Unicode format). In this way, you are "upgrade" your Outlook XP to Outlook 2016 during the data migration process.

    Friday, April 14, 2017 11:34 PM
  • One other item to add to <chow>'s response which I forgot to stress in my previous reply

    You should run ScanPST on any ANSI based PST file (those used by Office'XP) BEFORE you copy the file(s) BEFORE you copy those files to the new machine to eliminate any potential underlying problems using Office 365 (Outlook '2013/'2016). ScanPST should be run as many times as necessary until no errors are found.

    Outlook '2013/'2016 will open the old format PST files but is known to have trouble if there are any errors found in the file so much better to start with a clean file. As soon as OL'2013/'2016 has successfully opened the file, the first thing that should be done is to "upgrade" the PST file to the Unicode format as noted by <chow> 

    The quickest way to create a Unicode PST file is to export it using Outlook's PST2PST export option and change your profile accordingly to use the newly exported PST file(s)

    Karl Timmermans [Outlook MVP] "Outlook Contact Import/Export/Data Mgmt" http://www.contactgenie.com

    Saturday, April 15, 2017 1:21 AM