Uninstalling Microsoft Office in Windows
- UITS very strongly recommends that you uninstall any other versions of Microsoft Office on your Windows computer before installing a new version.
- 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.
- In Windows 8.x, 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, 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
The Microsoft Office suites can leave files on your computer that, even after an uninstall, interfere with subsequent installations. If you are unable to remove Office by the above means and you have the installation disc, try launching the Office Installer:
- Put the Office installation disc into the CD drive and
- Once Office Installer launches, follow the instructions to remove Office from your computer.
If the Office Installer doesn't work or is not available, try the Microsoft Fixit tool. For instructions, see Microsoft's help documents:
If all else has failed, you can manually uninstall. For instructions, search for Microsoft help resources.
Warning: Removing Office manually involves edits of multiple registry keys. UITS recommends that you back up your registry first.
Last modified on October 15, 2013.