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Microsoft Office, Access 2013 32 bit versus 64 bit

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I have a client whose PC broke down and he purchased a new one along with Office 2013.  It has been installed as 64 bit.  There are known problems with Access 64 bit installations.  The concerted wisdom in the past has been to install Access in 32 bit mode.

My first thought is to simply uninstall office 64 bit and re-install Office 32 bit.  But I remember reading somewhere that it may not be that simple.  It was intimated that when you install Access 64 bit and uninstall, then re-install in 32 bit, it leaves some sort of trail (like in the registry or something) and things can still get goofed up.  Anyone know if this is true or what the issues are?  Anyone have practical experience with this able to offer counsel?

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I have not tried it with Office 2013 yet only 2010.

Here is how I do it with Office 2010

1 Uninstall Office 2010 64-bit from Programs and Features of Control Panel.

Also be sure to uninstall and remove Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector 64-bit and Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger 64-bit, if installed, which is meant for 64-bit Office 2010.

2.Restart the computer.

3.Install the 32-bit version of Office 2010.

4 Once activated, you can start using any 32-bit Office 2010 programs with retained settings, configurations and data files from 64-bit Office 2010. This include Outlook 2010 which will continue to use and open the default PST (Outlook Data Files) and profile.
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Thank you
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You're welcome.  Glad we could assist.
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