Uninstalling Microsoft Office in Windows

Notes:
  • 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.

To uninstall:

  1. Navigate to the Control Panel.
    Note:
    For help navigating, see Getting around in Windows.
  2. Click Programs and Features.
  3. 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 program.

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:

  1. Put the Office installation disc into the CD drive and double-click Setup.exe.
  2. 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 at Office Support.

Important:
Removing Office manually involves edits of multiple registry keys. UITS recommends that you back up your registry first. For help, see Microsoft Support.

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