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Downloading and Installing Lync/Skype for Business 2013 for Windows

Download and learn how to install Lync/Skype for Business 2013 for Windows.

Want Skype for Business 2013?

Run Microsoft Updates after installation is complete. From the Help menu select Check for Updates.


If you have Office 2013 from UB, you may already have Lync 2013 for Windows. You can check:

Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office 2013 > Lync 2013

Lync 2013 for Windows is available for download from UB for UB faculty, staff, and students. Please make sure you have the ability to install an application on your computer. Contact your department IT support, if necessary.  


The Lync 2013 client comes in 32 bit and 64 bit versions. These versions pertain to what version of Microsoft Office you have installed as well as what version of Windows. Please refer to the following information to choose the optimal version:

  • Windows 32 bit with Office 32 bit: Lync 32 bit version
  • Windows 32 bit with no Office installed: Lync 32 bit version
  • Windows 64 bit with Office 64 bit: Lync 64 bit version
  • Windows 64 bit with Office 32 bit: Lync 32 bit version
  • Windows 64 bit with no Office installed: Either 32 bit or 64 bit

Uninstall Lync 2010 for Windows, if it is installed, before installing the Lync 2013 client.   

Downloading Lync

Choose the Lync version, 32 or 64-bit, to install below.   

Installing Lync 2013 for Windows

1. Run the installer Setup.exe.

2. Accept the Microsoft License Terms and click Continue.

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3. Click Install Now for UB configuration.

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4. Wait while Lync installs.

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5. Click Close when the install completes.

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6. Reboot your computer when prompted.

7. Go to Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office 2013 and launch Lync 2013 to complete the installation.

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8. Select Use recommended settings and click Accept.

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9. If your computer has UBmail powered by Exchange installed and configured with your credentials, the Lync/Skype for Business 2013 client opens automatically go to First Time Signing In.

If you have UBmail Powered by Google or UBmail (Central Email), go to Don't Have UBmail Powered by Exchange.

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Don't Have UBmail Powered by Exchange?

These directions are for people with UBmail Powered by Google or UBmail (Central Email).

1. The Lync/Skype for Business 2013 client will open to a Sign-in screen.

2. Enter your UB email address as your Sign-in address, for example

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3. Enter your UBIT password when prompted.

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4. Click Yes to save your Lync/Skype for Business 2013 sign-in information, or No if you choose to not save it.

5. Continue with First Time Signing In.  

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First Time Signing In?

1. The first time you log into Lync/Skype for Business 2013, you may encounter an error, "Can't sign in to Lync/Skype for Business 2013."

2. Click OK.

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3. Change User name to ad\UBITName (where UBITName is your UBITName) and re-enter your UBIT password.

4. Click Sign in.

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Uninstalling Lync 2010 for Windows

1. Log on to your computer as a member of the Administrators group.
2. Click Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features.
3. Click Microsoft Lync 2010.
4. Click Uninstall at the top of the window.

Still need help?

Don't know your UBITName or password? Call 716-645-3542, visit one of our two walk-in locations, or send a message.

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Use your email, if known