Unable to install Office 2010 in Windows XP SP2

microsoft officeIf you are a Windows XP SP2 user, you might have received an error when you try to install Microsoft’s new Office 2010.

The error message may like – “The installation of Microsoft Office 2010 requires that MSXML version 6.10.1129.0 that should be installed on your computer. Install the component ………..”

This because, Windows XP SP2 and previous versions does not included MSXML 6.0 Service Pack 1 (MSXML6.1), which is a pre-requisite for installing Office 2010.

To install Office 2010 on your Windows XP SP2 either you should update to XP SP3 or just download and install the tool MSXML 6.0 SP1from Microsoft.

Hope it will help you.

Kannan is a computer and Android enthusiast, a blogger by passion and a tech freak. His always ready-to-help attitude, knowledge and hard work is what drives him.


  1. sri

    Nov 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I am having windows XP SP3 and even silverlight 4.0. when installing office 2010 it ends up by failing but gives no error information.

  2. Sunil

    Jul 30, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you so much…………It really work.

  3. carlos

    May 31, 2011 at 3:00 am

    thanks so much XP User…works like a charm!!!take care

  4. Xp SP2

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:24 am

    MS Office 2010 requires SP3 to install. Here is the solution!
    Convert Windows XP SP2 to SP3 in just simple steps
    To do so go to windows run command (Using windows key +R) and then, type regedit to open Registry Editor. So now you have registry editor opened then only browse to the following key
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ CurrentControlSet\ Control\ Windows
    and modify “CSDVersion” from “0×00000200” (SP2) to the Windows XP SP3 value of “0×00000300” string value from 200 to 300 and reboot. Enjoy!

  5. Felix

    Jan 29, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Is not working yet, it prompted a message saying that I should contact my vendor because its not supported by the processor type. Thanks for the help.

  6. EnterNaija

    Jan 18, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Problem is when I run this technical preview Office 2010,a pop-says:’ setup cannot find Office.en.us\ dwdcw20.dll’. I did a search for the file and it’s there but it just wont work as the pop-up keeps popping up. Help please!

  7. Martin

    Jan 11, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Of course a great tip. Thanks it helped me!

  8. Cott

    Jan 11, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Thanks it’s working for me.

  9. Kepla

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    The mentioned article is really awesome! It’s working!

  10. Local

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Hi, thanks for the post! If you’ve previously installed Office 2007, then you don’t need any above technique to work this.

  11. Rajan

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    It was a insightful article. Thanks!

  12. Fun

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Nice post dude!

  13. Robert

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks it is working!

  14. Ali

    Dec 15, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Yes after installing MSXML 6 there was another error i.e.
    “The language of this installation package is not supported by your system.”
    Can you tell me about this error.

    • PKR

      Jan 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      Very useful!Thanks

  15. v

    Nov 29, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Hi XP User,u r really genius. the process what u have given has worked on my xp sp2 system.though i installed msxml 6.0 sp1 it did not work.ur process really rockzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  16. Pasan

    Oct 30, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you very much for the info.

  17. Abbassi2007

    Oct 17, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Thank you “xp user”. It is great… now my issue is solved.

  18. Luis

    Sep 26, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Hey, I have a windows XP 32 bits, and in Microsoft support there is no download for this OS.
    Someone had a link that stated you had to install .Net framework 3.5. Did that and automatically the msxml6.dll and msxml6r.dll in /windows/system32 were updated.

    • Cut

      Sep 27, 2010 at 10:56 am

      If you have installed and uninstalled Office 2007 on your Windows XP SP2, then you can install Office 2010 without any problem.

  19. xp user

    Aug 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Here’s a simple method, that worked as a charm for me:
    1. Go to Registry
    2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Windows
    3. Change CSDVersion string value from 200 to 300
    4. Reboot
    5. Install Office 2010 and reboot again
    6. Repeat first four steps to get 300 to 200 parameter again
    6. Voila! Enjoy your product 😉

    • dimaz l jawy

      Oct 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm

      thanks for the simple method, it works like a charm for me too.

    • lucky

      Nov 26, 2010 at 9:45 am

      i have xp prof versn 2002 sp3 in my systm. i itstalled office student and home 2010 trial which is now expired( by using above method here). now i dont have office in my system. and current office is not being uninstall. tell me the method so that i can have any verson of office. thanx a ton

    • Alex

      Nov 29, 2010 at 4:54 am

      Thanks, work grate!!!

    • Dynamic

      Dec 6, 2010 at 7:42 am

      It really worked for me thanks

    • ian

      Jan 28, 2011 at 3:18 am

      Thank you very much for your best solution so far… I have applied it to our license Win XP SP2 OS units and works grate!

    • beaver

      Jul 5, 2011 at 7:59 am

      Hie, yo method works really well, but I was using a cracked version of Off2010 the crack file runs well on other platforms but after doing the steps you recommeded (office did installI tried to run the activator application file & it gave this error “Failed to innitialize properly (0X0000135)”
      Please help if you can

  20. smileygrizzly

    May 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm

  21. Jacob

    Mar 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you for your information. It is great and now my issue is solved. Once again thanks.

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