I seem to be running up against an issue due to Office 2013 32 bit and Office 2013 64 using the exact same version numbers. When I go to deploy the Office 2013, I would want an 32 bit version running along side a 64 bit version but I am not able to do this. Is there any way possible to tell the two versions apart from Kace so I can run both.  Any help in this will be great.
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  • Maybe I can explain this a little bit better cause I think I have left out some important part. I work in an environment that on some computers that have to run the 32 bit version due to ACT. I have others that have to have 64bit due to the models they run in Excel. While they might need to rework their models I don't have the knowledge or the time to do so. So I am wanting to push over weekend the versions that each computer needs base upon the Lables I have setup for each type of computer.
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Ive had to use custom inventory rules to accomplish this in the past.  I used a RegistryValueEquals rule to look for the value that indicated 32 or 64 bit.

Check in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall for the entry for office.
Answered 07/13/2016 by: WhitzEnd
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  • I guess I am not understanding cause I am trying to push this as an install. So most machines won't have it yet.
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You need to install both of these programs to a machine.

Create 2 custom inventory rules like FileExists that looks for one of the office exe's in the proper subdirectory.  (as an example create one for C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\word.exe and one for C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\word.exe.

here is a cir as an example not for office
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Associate the proper install file to each cir entry.

Create distributions based on those software CIR's.
Answered 07/13/2016 by: SMal.tmcc
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You are aware, I presume, that Microsoft actively discourages use of 64-bit Office?

In my experience, most of the users who believe they need 64-bit - and, let's face it, we're only really talking about Excel here - have proved to be utterly misguided. Mostly, their requirement can be catered for by properly constructing their models.

Answered 07/14/2016 by: VBScab
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i agree with VBScab that the users that see benefits of using 64bit office are miguided

Microsoft do not and will not support both versions of office 64 bit and 32bit on the same machine, even isolation to a specific office application such as excel 64bit with the rest of office 32bit is unsupported. even leaving vendor support out of there, you are going to have a headache of applications fighting over eachother constantly over the context menu's FTA and PTA. not to mention issues surrounding replaced files from one version to the next in places like program data. then you have the issues with user basedadd-ons not knowing what word to attach themselves to, attaching to 64bit word, then marking themselves as disabled due to it not being compatible and not re-enable without the user doing this as its a change to the user key you would have to be creative to re-enable it automatically but then again as soon as they go into 64bit office it disables again
Answered 07/15/2016 by: sparky86
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  • Maybe I can explain this a little bit better cause I think I have left out some important part. I work in an environment that on some computers that have to run the 32 bit version due to ACT. I have others that have to have 64bit due to the models they run in Excel. While they might need to rework their models I don't have the knowledge or the time to do so. So I am wanting to push over weekend the versions that each computer needs base upon the Lables I have setup for each type of computer.
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