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Self-Upgrading to Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows


NOTE: These instructions are for upgrading Office for Windows ONLY.  This will uninstall old versions of Microsoft Office.


** The screenshots below are of Office 2013, but the process for Office 2016 will look similar. The article will be updated with new screenshots soon. We apologize for the inconvenience **

  1. Make sure you're not running Office 2016 already.  You can check your version by following Microsoft's instructions for checking your Office version.
  2. If you use any of these programs, please make sure the minimum supported version is installed:
    Acrobat Pro: Minimum version is Acrobat Pro 11 (XI). Read more here
    Act!: Minimum version is Act! v16, though Act! 2016 can work with some exceptions. Read more here
  3. Save any open documents you have and close all Microsoft Office programs. Your computer might automatically reboot during this process.
  4. From on campus, open Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome. Visit
    kbox login
  5. You will be prompted for a username and password. Type your Active Directory (AD) username and password (the same username/password as your Exchange email). Click on Login.
    kbox login 
    If you are unable to login, please contact the ITS Help Desk at (619) 260-7900 or Please let the Help Desk staff know that you were unable to login to self-install MS Office 2016.
  6. Click on User Console Library in the left-hand menu. Then, click on "Install Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016".
    User Console Library
    If the Install Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 link is not listed or you receive a No software titles currently found message, please contact the ITS Help Desk at (619) 260-7900 or
  7. At the next screen, click on the Install Now button.
     Software Library Info & Download
  8. Disregard the next window, which lists Software Download Activity.
  9. For approximately 3 minutes (longer if you're on wireless), it will appear that nothing is happening. However, your computer is downloading MS Office 2016 silently in the background.
  10. When the MS Office 2016 download is complete, the installation progress window will appear. You do not need to click anything - the installation process is completely automated. 
    installation progress
  11. Once the installation is successfully installed, a window will confirm its completion. Click the Close button.
    Installation Complete