ARCHIVED: Before installing Microsoft Office on my Windows computer, should I uninstall previous versions?
UITS very strongly recommends that you uninstall any other versions of Microsoft Office on your Windows computer before installing a new version. To do so:
Note: If you have trouble removing Office from your computer, see Uninstalling Microsoft Office in Windows
- In Windows 8, press
Control Panel. Alternatively, in Desktop view, move the mouse to the bottom right corner of the screen and select
Settings, followed by
In Windows 7 and earlier, from the
Startmenu, select either
Control Panel, or
Programs and Features; in Windows XP and earlier, double-click
- In Windows Vista and later, find the older version of Microsoft
Office in the list of programs. Double-click the older version to
start the uninstall wizard, and follow the prompts to uninstall the
In Windows XP and earlier, select the older version of Microsoft Office, and then click
Add/Remove.... Then click
Note: Other Microsoft applications sometimes conflict with a Microsoft Office installation. If you have Microsoft Works, Encarta, or an independent component of Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), remove it before attempting a new installation of Microsoft Office.
Last modified on December 06, 2012.