When the office updates were released last patch Tuesday, there were a couple of issues of mine that were resolved. Great, I thought, let’s download and install them! After checking that my installed build of Outlook etc. was older than the released updates I downloaded the updates from the Microsoft Download Centre and then went to install them only for it to barf:
After muttering briefly, I realised that I was not actually using a traditional .msi install of Office 2013. I’m actually using a Click-To-Run installation on the MSIT Windows 8 image. DOH!
Stop, Hammer Time!
But, wait. Wasn’t my office build out of date? Part of the advantage of Click-To-Run is that it will automatically update. Why was this not happening? One quick Bing search later I noted that in the article Microsoft Office 2013 Click-to-Run virtualization there were steps to retry the Office update :
- Open any Office application
- Click on the File tab
- Click on Account (Office Account in Outlook)
- Click on Update Options
- Click on Disable Updates
- Click on Update Options again
- Finally, click on Enable Updates
After updating to Office 2013 SP1, the interface appears different. Note that there is not a button to check for updates
As soon as the updates were re-enabled – boom! They started to download!
The updates then installed in the background as I continued to use the applications, and only when all the updates had been installed was I prompted to restart them.
Note that a restart of the OS was not needed here, just the applications had to be restarted. Again another neat feature of the Click-To-Run package!
Those of you familiar with App-V will be thinking this is kind of familiar, and it is . Click-to-Run is based on App-V, which itself came from the Soft Grid acquisition).
One thing that you may experience when running Click-to-Run is that some of the traditional troubleshooting tools that expect Outlook to be installed as a .msi will have issues. Mr MAPI (AKA Stephen Griffin) mentions a workaround on his blog for MFCMAPI to get it to work with Click-to-Run Outlook.