Checking the Bitness of Microsoft Office, Visio Viewer and Visio

Visual Studio setup an deployment projects require the target “bitness” of target Windows operating system to be set. This means that I have to create two installation files, one for 32bit and one for 64bit Windows for my Visio add-ins, for example.

In addition, 64bit Windows users can install either 32bit or 64bit Microsoft Office, which will install the relevant Visio Viewer package. The installed edition of Visio should then match the installed edition of Office, but to check that this is indeed the case, I have written a small WPF application that can only run in the browser at

All this information is available elsewhere, but it is not readily available when answering support questions.

When run, it will simply display the bitness of your Windows and your current versions of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visio Viewer and Microsoft Visio.


Nothing is permanently installed, and Microsoft currently recommend that the 32bit editions of Office and Visio are installed, unless you are using extremely large spreadsheets or drawing files.

I got most of the code for this from


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