Office / Excel 2010 – requirements

You will need a full working (paid) version – not a ‘Starter’ version

with vba enabled – part of installation.

Computer and processor

500-megahertz (MHz) processor or higher.


256 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher; 512 MB recommended for graphics features.

Hard disk

3 gigabyte (GB) available disk space.


1024 × 576 or higher-resolution monitor.

Operating system

Supports only the 32-bit edition of Office 2010:

  • Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3)
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2), MSXML 6.0
  • Windows Server 2003 R2

Supports both 32-bit or 64-bit editions of Office 2010:

  • Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Terminal Server
  • Windows on Windows (WOW), which allows installation of 32-bit versions of Office 2010 on 64-bit operating systems, excluding Windows Server 2003, 64-bit and Windows XP, 64-bit.

Doesn’t support any edition of Office 2010:

  • Windows Server 2003, 64-bit
  • Windows XP, 64-bit

Additional requirements and product functionality can vary based on the system configuration and operating system.


  • Certain advanced functionality requires connectivity to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, or Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010.
  • Certain Microsoft OneNote features require Windows Desktop Search 3.0, Windows Media Player 9, Microsoft ActiveSync 4.1, microphone, audio output device, video recording device, TWAIN-compatible digital camera, or scanner; sharing notebooks requires users to be on the same network.
  • Send to Microsoft OneNote Print Driver and Integration with Business Connectivity Services requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 or Windows XPS features.
  • Certain features require Windows Search 4.0.
  • Internet Explorer 7, or Internet Explorer 8, 32-bit browser only. Internet functionality requires an Internet connection.
  • 512 MB of RAM or higher recommended for Microsoft Outlook Instant Search. Grammar and contextual spelling in Word 2010 is not turned on unless the computer has 1 GB memory.
  • Microsoft Silverlight plug-in. See Get started with Microsoft Silverlight ( ).