Saturday, January 22, 2011

Microsoft Fix It Available to Uninstall Office Suites

There are occasions when it is not possible to uninstall Microsoft Office products via the standard uninstaller via the Control Panel.  In other situations, the installation of one of a Microsoft Office suite did not complete, leaving a corrupt installation.

The first step to removing the Microsoft office suite is to verify that using the standard procedure will not work.  Select the correct steps from below for your operating system:

Windows XP or Windows Server 2003

  1. Click Start, click Run, type control appwiz.cpl in the Open box, and then press ENTER.
  2. Click to select the Office system product from the application list, and then click Remove.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Click Start, type programs and features in the Search box, and then press ENTER.
  2. Click to select the product to be uninstalled from the listing of installed products, and then click Uninstall/Change from the bar that displays the available tasks.
In the event you are still unable to remove the Office suite, continue with the steps below to run the Microsoft Fix It solution.

  1. The Fix It solutions will not remove any Office program that was installed separately from the Office suite (i.e., with both Microsoft Office Professional 2007 and Microsoft Office Visio 2007 installed, only Microsoft Office Professional 2007 will be removed.)

  2. Select the appropriate Microsoft Fix It solution for the version of Office to be uninstalled. 

    • Windows 32-bit operating systems:  Click Run in the File Download dialog box, and then follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.
    • Windows 64-bit operating systems:  The solution will not work correctly if you try to run the Fix It directly from the article.  Download and save the Fix It solution to your desktop.  Then double-click the saved file and run it on your computer.
  3. After running the Fix It solution, restart the computer.

    Microsoft Office 2003

    Microsoft Fix it 50416

    Microsoft Office 2007

    Microsoft Office 2010

    Note: The Fix it solution for Microsoft Office 2010 suites will remove all Office 2010 editions. This includes all Office 2010 trial editions.

    Microsoft KB Article 290301, How do I uninstall Office 2003, Office 2007 or Office 2010 suites if I cannot uninstall it from Control Panel?

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