How to make Microsoft Word 2013 the default program even if Microsoft Word 2010 is also installed
February 5, 2013 32 Comments
I have Microsoft Word 2010 installed and I just recently installed Office 365 Home Premium. Even after installing Office 365 Home Premium, Word 2010 was still my default program (and there was no way to select Word 2013!). I guess there was a conflict somewhere.
In any case, here are the steps to make Word 2013 the default program without having to uninstall MS Word 2010. We’re going to need to do a Registry edit and an Office 365 Home Premium repair. Don’t worry, it isn’t that difficult.
1) In Start Screen, type regedit and left-click on a program that Windows 8 finds called regedit.exe. This program is called the Registry Editor.
2) Navigate your way to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Word\Options
3) We are going to create a new registry key. Left-click on Edit –> New –> DWORD (32-bit) Value
4) Change the new Registry Key called New Value #1 to NoRereg.
5) This is how the new registry key should look like…
6) Left-click on the new key and in the Value data: field, enter a value of 1 and left-click the OK button.
7) Afterwards, we have to repair the Office 365 installation. In Control Panel, change the View by dropdown list to Small icons. Then, left-click on Programs and Features.
8) In Programs and Features , select Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium then left-click on the Change button.
9) Windows OS will start to fix the install. It will take less than a minute or two…
10) Now, if you go back to Set Default Programs, you’ll see that Word 2013 is now the default program.
I hope you find this helpful. Good luck!