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Updating, upgrading, or reinstalling WordPerfect


WordPerfect menu choices refer to the <WordPerfect> menu. (Right-click on WordPerfect's top menu bar for a choice of menus.)

If you use a <Microsoft Word> menu, the choices might be absent from your menu (but not from the program), or they might be found under another menu selection.

If the menu choices or toolbars discussed on this site seem to be missing from your program, see here.

[Part 1] Overview: Some things to keep in mind about WordPerfect documents and program files

[Part 2] Updating your current copy of WordPerfect - i.e., bringing your program up to date with a Corel Service Pack or "patch"


[Part 4] Uninstalling and/or reinstalling your current WordPerfect program (and how to completely remove it)

[Part 5] Migrating customizations

[Part 6] Multiple versions of WordPerfect on the same computer

[Part 7] Transferring macros from one system to another, or from an earlier version of WordPerfect to a newer version

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Part 3:  Upgrading to a newer version of WordPerfect

Be sure to read the "Overview..." section and the "Migrating customizations" section  ... or at least read them before you do an actual upgrade.

You can install and keep multiple versions of WordPerfect on the same computer.

Tip: Before following these 3 steps, read the other sections below.

[1] Be sure your current computer system meets the minimum requirements for all WordPerfect versions you plan to install. For the current version this information can be found on the Corel products download site. It can also be found in the Readme.txt file on the program distribution CD/DVD.

[2] For newer versions of Windows (i.e., Windows 7 and later) Corel has certified which WordPerfect versions should work on those operating systems. See the section, "Installing WordPerfect on newer versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 or later" in Part 4.

[3] Finally, see "Multiple versions of WordPerfect on the same computer" in Part 6. here.

Caveat: If you have serious issues with your current WordPerfect version it might be much better to save your customizations and then completely uninstall it rather than install another version alongside the problematic one. See Part 4 and Part 5.

Retail (box) version or electronic download?

If you don't need the CDs in a retail box (e.g., you have a reasonably fast internet connection) then you should know that the download for WordPerfect Office (X6 and later) is the same as the boxed version. In fact, the trial version is the same download; the trial's time limitations are removed when you purchase a key from Corel (the key is the user's serial number).

Purchasing the download product gets you an email with links to use to download the extras found on other CDs in a retail box.

Be wary of "retail" downloads or CD/DVD products from Internet sites other than Corel.com or its sister site WordPerfect.com. You may be getting an OEM version, which may or may not work for you. See "About buying "bargain" WordPerfect Office software" below.

Note that the entire WordPerfect Office suite should not severely impact disk space on modern hard drives (e.g., WPOX8 needs only about 1.5 GB for application files). Hence it is recommended that you install all WordPerfect Office components: WordPerfect, Quattro Pro spreadsheet, Presentations graphics (also "called" by WordPerfect for things like TextArt), and any WordPerfect utilities. Some WPO versions come with OEM editions of third-party programs, which you can install or not, as you choose.

Upgrade Editions

[UPDATE April 2016:] Corel's Upgrade Eligibility states (via a link on WordPerfect Office X8 Products page): "To purchase the upgrade version, you must own a previous licensed version of WordPerfect Office." (See below for exclusions.)


¤  Important: There are no Upgrade editions available for the WordPerfect Home and Student, WordPerfect Academic, WordPerfect OEM, or Not For Resale editions. These editions are already heavily discounted in price (or in the case of OEM they are preinstalled on some new computers) and they might not contain all features found in a regular edition.

¤  The Home and Student edition is nearly identical to the Standard edition (see a comparison matrix here), and often seems to be heavily discounted on Amazon.com. Moreover, it can be legally installed on up to 3 computers in your home. This offers an inexpensive "upgrade" path.

¤  Upgrade editions for WordPerfect Standard, Professional, and Legal editions are the same as the regular editions of the same type. They are merely purchased at a discounted price from Corel or an authorized retailer (Amazon.com, etc.).

¤  OEM editions have special serial numbers: A post on OfficeCommunity indicates that serial numbers that start with WP??B22 are OEM editions.

¤  Previously, upgrades were offered to users of the prior two versions only. Apparently this policy was changed to include any previous version -- even the earliest version, as reported by a user on WordPerfect Universe here.

There is no need to install an earlier version of WordPerfect in order to install an Upgrade Edition. However, if you also want to have both an earlier version and a newer version (some folks feel more comfortable with both versions available until they get used to the new one) you should install both in numerical order (e.g., WPOX5 before WPOX6). Also, it's probably a good idea to install each version in its own folder as noted here. (This usually is a choice during installation. The earlier version can be uninstalled later, if desired.)
For Upgrade Editions you may only need to own a previous version of WordPerfect (or, possibly, Microsoft Word) to use a Corel upgrade key; you don't need to actually have it installed before upgrading to a newer version (but you might need the old installation disk for verification). See the Upgrade's installation instructions or contact Corel for details on installing an Upgrade of the Standard or Professional editions.

See What's new and different in recent WordPerfect versions to help you decide about upgrading

For some versions there are links to an Edition Comparison matrix, which shows what is included in each edition (Standard, Home and Student, Professional, Legal) of that version. This information is also available on the Corel WordPerfect site.

If cost is an issue, consider getting the WordPerfect Office Home and Student Edition

The Home and Student Edition typically is often heavily discounted on Amazon.com (usually well under US$100.) It is very similar to the Standard Edition except that it does not natively import (i.e., convert) PDF files, though it can create them, and it is licensed only for home use on up to three computers.

Since it is so inexpensive, there is no "upgrade" version of this program.

See the Corel WordPerfect site for more information, online purchase, current special offers, etc. 

Legal professionals

You can get the Standard Edition for a substantial discount if you belong to the Bar Association. See http://www.wordperfect.com/us/pages/bar-association/.

About buying "bargain" WordPerfect Office software...

[Note: I am not promoting the purchase of more expensive versions of WordPerfect here. I am just offering some cautions based on experience.]

Should you buy an inexpensive "OEM" version of WordPerfect from an Internet source?

There are several reasons why you should not consider buying an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) version of WordPerfect Office, unless it comes bundled with a new computer (in which case it was virtually free of charge to you).

Even then, you might want to read more about them, their limitations, drawbacks, and alternatives here.
Finally, be VERY careful about buying a "full" versions from lesser known sites since they sometimes might not be what you expect. (Major online retailers like Amazon.com are less likely to be problematic if you buy a software product that ships directly from them. Remember the old saying that "if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.") See also the "Compare Versions" and "Compare Product Family" links on the "new and different" page here.

For computers that are running Windows 7 or later

See "Installing WordPerfect on newer versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 or later" in Part 4.


Be sure to read the "Overview..." section and the "Migrating customizations" section ... or at least read them before you do an actual upgrade.

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