Get started quickly with the Visio 2013 trial

This post was appended on November 25th, 2013 to include steps on installing Visio from Office 365..

The Visio 2013 trial is available in 2 formats to meet your needs: subscription service or traditional download.

Visio Trial via Office 365

Visio Pro for Office 365 is a subscription service and can be easily downloaded to most personal computers. You can sign up for a 1-month trial of Visio Pro for Office 365 that will give you the always up-to-date experience of click-to-run in Office 365, and it’s easy to continue your paid subscription after the trial period expires. We recommend this option for most users. Here are a few tips to help get started successfully:

New User Accounts

New users or current small and mid-sized business subscribers (with E1 or E2 plans) should create a new user account.

Once an account is created, you can set up your service:

  • Click on the Set up link in the Dashboard.
  • In the Quick Start section, click Start.
  • Choose the appropriate domain, then click Next.
  • Click on the Add users and assign licenses link, then choose either I don’t want to add users right now if you are the only user or Add users one at a time if you would like to create new user accounts with temporary passwords.
  • Then, simply click the Start using your services link and then click the Done button.

To download Visio, click the Download link on the left side of the Office 365 Admin Center, or click the gear icon in the upper right, and choose from the subsequent menus Office 365 settings > Software > Visio.

Note: It may take a few minutes to provision the Visio license.

Add Trial Licenses to Existing User Accounts

If you are an existing Office 365 Enterprise Subscriber (E3 plan & above), please sign in with an existing account. Then, simply click Add or Purchase Visio Pro for Office 365 for your subscription as a trial.

Now, add the Visio license to a user by signing in to the Office 365 admin center, clicking users and groups, and then clicking on the user’s Display Name.

On the Assign Licenses page, select Visio Pro for Office 365 and click Save.

Now that the trial license has been assigned to a user, all that’s left to do is to click on Download Software on the right side of the Admin Page.

Installation from Office 365 

Determine which version of Office is installed on your machine by following these steps.

If your version of Office is 32 bits, simply click the Install button. If your version of Office is 64 bits, then select advanced, choose 64 bit, and then click Install.


Visio Trial via TechNet Download

If you are a bit more technical or plan a traditional 1-time purchase of the full software license, you can download the trial software through our TechNet Evaluation Center site. Like many common software trials, this installation will eventually expire and require that you enter an activation key for continued use.

Here are a few steps to follow for a smooth installation of the TechNet trial.

Choose the right version

Some confusion can arise if there is a mismatch between a version of Office already installed on your computer and the new Visio version. First, check whether you are running 32-bit or 64-bit Office. Then, when beginning the Visio download, choose the corresponding version of Visio. Here’s a screenshot that indicates how to choose the correct version.



Save your trial key

Once signed in, you will receive a trial product key along with an option to download the trial package.

The most common product key issues can be addressed as follows:

  • Product key not visible in browser. Sometimes, there are issues in rendering the product key. To fix this issue, you can simply reset your browser settings.
  • Product key lost or corrupted. If the product key is lost or damaged, follow a few simple steps to replace the key.

Installation steps

The TechNet trial of Visio 2013 is available to be downloaded in .img format. Before you install Visio, confirm the version of Windows you are using. If you are using Windows 8, then Windows 8 will automatically install Visio using the .img file.  If you are using a different operating system, a few additional steps are required before starting to install Visio. Here are some options:

  • Mount the image as an ISO virtual drive. There are popular tools such as Virtual Magic Disk to mount ISO/IMG disk image file as virtual CD-ROM drive and then install from the ISO file.
  • Extract .img. You can extract the .img into a directory using any tools that unzip the .img format (e.g., 7-zip) and then install from it.
  • Create a disc. Write the .img onto a CD and then install Visio from the CD. 



If there are problems with installation, please review the document General troubleshooting for installing Office 2013 and Office 365.

Persisting problems may require a re-installation of Office and Visio by following these steps and re-installing after reboot.

Problems with licenses and activation are addressed in General troubleshooting for licenses & activation.

Note: Third-party tools mentioned here are offered only for reference and convenience. Microsoft does not endorse or assume liability for their use.

– Contributions from Saurabh Kumar and Abhishek Dhasmana