Office 2013 service pack one released

Microsoft has quietly released the first service pack for Office 2013 and you can find the download links at the bottom of this post. The update comes in both x86 and x64 flavors and range in size from 643 or 774 MB depending on your install option.

This is the first major update to the Office platform since it has been released and should be a welcomed update for those who use the platform. With SP1 now released, we will be curious to see if more IT shops move to the platform as many large corporations have adopted the unofficial policy of  ‘wait until SP1’ before deployment.

Like all service packs before it, the package contains a roll-up of all the previously released updates. Along with all of the previous updates, SP1 includes update to improve security, performance and stability.

Download: Office 2013 SP1 x86 | x64

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I have Office 13 Home and Student but when I tried to install the SP 1 it said there were no applications to be updated. I am running Office 13 on a Toshiba laptop with Windows 8.

So this update is for the MSI versions of Office, yes? And the MSI versions are the ones that were installed from disc?

So I take it this doesn't apply to the ones installed from office.microsoft.com (Office 365 AND Office 2013 via keycard, which is all you get if you're in a "developed market"), as they already have most of the updates via the once-a-month Office Updater?

hagjohn said,
I was told I had no products affected by this package installed on system.
So was I. I have Office 2013 Home & Student.

Did they fix the Outlook Connector (Hotmail, Live, etc) issue?

I can't have more than a month of mail from my Hotmail account because if I try to download it all it downloads the earliest mails from a few years ago, tries to update more, then timeout, then starts over, then timeout, and finally disconnects for good. The only workaround is to set it for one month only.

Outlook 2010 does not have this problem.

PeterTHX said,
Did they fix the Outlook Connector (Hotmail, Live, etc) issue?

I can't have more than a month of mail from my Hotmail account because if I try to download it all it downloads the earliest mails from a few years ago, tries to update more, then timeout, then starts over, then timeout, and finally disconnects for good. The only workaround is to set it for one month only.

Outlook 2010 does not have this problem.

You should contact support, this is not normal.

I have about 40gb of email going back to the year 1991 on outlook.com, and Outlook 2013 downloads and maintains it just fine.

I've looked in support and come up snake eyes. Others have mentioned the same problem but no resolution. "Make sure it's going to the right server"...all that and nothing fixed.

And it's not just one install. Multiple clean installs (with both Win 8 & 8.1) on both my laptop and desktop, the laptop is x86 and the desktop is x64 - same exact behavior. Installing from the web and DVD-ROM. I'm out of ideas at this point.

PeterTHX said,
I've looked in support and come up snake eyes. Others have mentioned the same problem but no resolution. "Make sure it's going to the right server"...all that and nothing fixed.

And it's not just one install. Multiple clean installs (with both Win 8 & 8.1) on both my laptop and desktop, the laptop is x86 and the desktop is x64 - same exact behavior. Installing from the web and DVD-ROM. I'm out of ideas at this point.

It sounds like there is a malformed email that was allowed via an older client.

You need to contact the outlook.com/Hotmail support teams directly - just email them.

(You could also track approximately where it is failing and find that email in Outlook 2010 that should appear odd/malformed and remove it yourself.)

PeterTHX said,
There's quite a bit of email...how do I find one that's malformed?

Appreciate the help & advice BTW.

Start with the last few that Outlook 2013 were able to sync, and then open Outlook 2010 and look at the next block of emails (10-50), if there is a problem, it is going to be with one of them. Look for odd characters, etc. Even open Outlook.com and compare look for the emails there in case the offending email doesn't show up in Outlook 2010.

Good Luck.

Hey look, Microsoft still does service packs! Hoping that this update fixes all my random Outlook 2013 crashes.

EDIT: holy crap it's 640mb?!

Edited by FalseAgent, Feb 25 2014, 9:02pm :

I just installed this through Windows update - it asked me to re-start my machine to finish the installation - its now re-started, but I see no reference to SP1 in any of the Office 2013 applications - how do I know that it's installed ok? when I look in programs in the control panel it shows the version as 15.0.4569.1506

They opted not to include the "SP1" for reasons unknown. You do have SP1 though (4569). The last number can vary by whatever app you're checking.

Best way to properly slipstream this (as opposed to just placing it inside an Updates folder so it'll be auto-installed)?

I didn't realize that there was any way (aside from what you mention). I never understood why MS doesn't put out slipstreamed images for Office on MSDN (at least in a looooong time). Windows yes, Office no.

rseiler said,
I never understood why MS doesn't put out slipstreamed images for Office on MSDN (at least in a looooong time). Windows yes, Office no.
Yes, it's a real PITA.

rseiler said,
I didn't realize that there was any way (aside from what you mention). I never understood why MS doesn't put out slipstreamed images for Office on MSDN (at least in a looooong time). Windows yes, Office no.

They did eventually update 2010 to include SP1 (at least for VL customers) but the installer just runs SP1 update after the main install, so sits at 100% complete for longer than the original installation!
Hardly a real slip steam.

Meh, not that much bigger than the 2010 SP2 update.

Office 2010 SP2 x86 en-us: 638 MB
Office 2013 SP1 x86 en-us: 644 MB

Office 2010 SP2 x64 en-us: 730 MB
Office 2013 SP1 x64 en-us: 774 MB

Just so people know, though this is the first 'major' update, Office 365 has been getting frequent minor updates for the past few months.

Downloading SP1 now!

TMYW said,
I get a Windows Defender update practically every single day now.
You get it 3 times a day, those are definitions and are updated very frequently, however, Windows will only install it once a day, so you skip 2 versions each time.

That is because the definitions are updated daily - MSE and Forefront (which use the same definitions) follow the same update schedule.

Roger H. said,
You don't need to do anything for Office365, they update everything for you without you even noticing

I think he means the full versions of office 2013 that you get from office 365.

meph you should just run windows update and it should update that version.

Can anyone explain to me why a Service Pack for Office is so huge? I remember the days when SP1 for Office 2000 was like 29 MBs.

SP1 is released for Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 / Exchange 2013

But can't find anything for Visio/Project or Lync 2013

If it didn't bring back proper font rendering there's no way I'll be switching from Office 2010 any time soon. The lack of subpixel-AA is horrible.

What was wrong with the font rendering? I found the font rendering even better in 2013 than 2010. (At least on my Windows 8.1 PCs)

j2006 said,
What was wrong with the font rendering? I found the font rendering even better in 2013 than 2010. (At least on my Windows 8.1 PCs)

I vaguely recall that Office 2013 font rendering looked better on Windows 8. I am too lazy to go check on a win 7 pc

I still load 2017, however, because 2013 Access does not support ADPs.

It doesn't use cleartype, so unless you're on a tablet screen the fonts look awful -unless you turn off dpi scaling in compatability options, in which case they look just short of OK.

j2006 said,
What was wrong with the font rendering? I found the font rendering even better in 2013 than 2010. (At least on my Windows 8.1 PCs)

Office 2013 (on all operating systems) uses greyscale AA instead of RGB (subpixel) AA. Example: http://i.imgur.com/nK8Xu.png
Subpixel AA is a lot more accurate and looks much, much better. Greyscale AA is only OK on high-density displays. Microsoft ditched subpixel AA for greyscale AA to better handle display rotation (since subpixel AA requires knowledge of the pixel orientation to work).

On a 'regular' PC display (mine is 1600x900 at 13") it really is a step backwards.

Ambroos said,

Office 2013 (on all operating systems) uses greyscale AA instead of RGB (subpixel) AA. Example: http://i.imgur.com/nK8Xu.png
Subpixel AA is a lot more accurate and looks much, much better. Greyscale AA is only OK on high-density displays. Microsoft ditched subpixel AA for greyscale AA to better handle display rotation (since subpixel AA requires knowledge of the pixel orientation to work).

On a 'regular' PC display (mine is 1600x900 at 13") it really is a step backwards.

Didn't realise this - explains a lot, thanks.


What sucks in regards to that is on apps like Access you cant actually make the UI any darker, selecting the dark theme in Word actually gives you some contrast between the page and the menu's.

I don't see why we cant just have a few colour options to be honest, the blue in Office 2007 was lovely.

InsaneNutter said,
What sucks in regards to that is on apps like Access you cant actually make the UI any darker, selecting the dark theme in Word actually gives you some contrast between the page and the menu's.

I don't see why we cant just have a few colour options to be honest, the blue in Office 2007 was lovely.


I was going to ask the same. I'd love a darker theme, than the dark gray one.

UnclePritchard said,
whaaat? mine was 500K in size.. i guess it is this big for the ones not configured as click-to-run?

Windows Update version is 642.3MB

It's 520MB here. Maybe you're the one person using the x64 version of Office? Or maybe Windows Update only sends what it needs to send and you're not current on your Office updates.

That's weird, since that version of Office is still local, just in a different way. So you're saying all those local binaries (at least a GB as I recall) essentially weren't touched? Maybe you're talking about the installer stub while the real downloading takes place in the background.

Yes, but I mean what's actually downloaded after that (I'm not sure what triggers the real download). I have a feeling that if you look at your binaries in an hour or two you're going to see a lot more updated than essentially none.

Does your About Word screen say anything about SP1? It doesn't on my system, although I do see the OneDrive name which I read was one of the changes.

EDIT: just read this on ZDNet: ''For those with Office 365, Microsoft will be including the SP1 changes automatically in their next regular update, Microsoft execs said.''

That seems to imply that SP1 is not available yet for Office 365, but why was it offered on my Windows Update?

Not sure (maybe that small binary signals your system to be receptive to SP1?), but the About screen does not mention SP1, which I think is a break with the way that it's been done recently (though MS may have simply hidden it better). It merely says 15.0.4569.1504 MSO (15.0.4569.1506). That's for Word. Other apps may vary a bit.

One person? More than one - I'm using the x64 version of Office also (due to no longer being trapped in x32 jail). SP size (x64) is 792,624 KB (per File Explorer).

Mine 15.0.4551.1512 as well... January Update. They promised to release service packs for Office 365 users first. Promise broken already

ok i disabled and enabled back the automatic updates from Excel and i did get a message office needs to be closed to be updated. now i am at the official click-to-run version 15.0.4569.1507... still no sign of SP1 in the about description

Yeah, that's all you need to do if you are running an old version of Click-to-Run Office. This is listed on the Office Support website. To force an update, just turn off automatic updates and turn them back on. Office will then immediately check for updates and download them. From what I've noticed as I've worked on my computer at night, it tends to check for and download updates later during the night when people aren't as likely to be using their computers. So, it's not a broken promise, just a "considerate optimization".

Dot Matrix said,
What about for RT?

EDIT: It's in Windows Update.

Is it available already? Did you download it? How big is it?