Remove or Uninstall Microsoft Office or Office 365 using this tool from Microsoft

I do not know when or how it had happened, but sometime after updating Windows, I found that I was unable to open Word, Excel, PowerPoint or any Office documents. It looked like my Microsoft Office installation had become corrupt.

I tried to uninstall Office through the Control Panel > Programs and Features > Uninstall applet. But it did not work. Right-clicking, selecting Change and trying to repair Office also did not work.

Read: How to install Office 365 on Windows PC.

Then I came across this tool from Microsoft Fix that lets you easily remove or completely uninstall Office 365 or Office 2019/2016/2013 suites and programs.

Uninstall Microsoft Office

Download the Microsoft Fix It, exit all Microsoft Office programs and run the Fix It.

Uninstall Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 365

It will ask if you’d like to Apply the fix or Skip the fix and continue troubleshooting. To uninstall Office, I selected Apply this fix.

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The uninstaller will run for a minute or two.

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After a few minutes, the troubleshooter would have completely uninstalled Microsoft Office from your computer.

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If you selected the Troubleshoot option earlier, you would be notified of problems found, if any.

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Clicking on View detailed information will give you some more information about the problems.

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You can download this Office Uninstaller Tool from KB2739501 and run it to uninstall Office from your Windows computer. You can also use this new Troubleshooter from Microsoft that lets you completely uninstall the latest Office 2019/2016/2013 versions from Windows 10/8/7.

Have a look at Office Configuration Analyzer Tool. It will help you analyze & identify Office program problems.

Related reads:

  1. Ways to uninstall Microsoft Office
  2. Repair, update or uninstall Microsoft Office Click-to-Run.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

14 Comments

  1. Jack Hackett

    Works ok but it does still leave some files and ‘almost empty’ folders and orphaned registry keys and files behind

  2. Dale

    @Jack Can you simply perform the Manual Steps listed on that KB article that also offers the FixIt tool to clean up the files, folders, and registry? If not please add info or link to it.

  3. Jeff

    shit happens

  4. Corinne

    Question: Does it normally take a long time? I’ve been running it for 10 minutes so far and nada.

  5. Shin0bi272

    If your install fails this wont remove it it will fail as well.

  6. Guest0001

    The “fix” wont even run.

  7. Christian Riley

    just deletes the files in the office file location just delete the files your self it just uses lots of memory

  8. Mike

    On my machine, the fix it tool is working, but very very slowly. I thought the tool was hanging when there was no progress for almost 20 minutes, but then it continued. Currently 25 minutes into the process…

  9. Mike

    Completed successfully after 40(!) minutes. Be patient.

  10. Sanjeev Kumar

    Fixit Tool didn’t solve my problem. In the end it reported ‘The problem could not be fixed’.

    Very big problem of corrupt office 2013 and 2016 is standing before me.

  11. Catti

    Try posting the download link FIRST next time instead of burying it at the end. I shouldn’t have to explain this concept.

  12. On this site, the download links are always posted towards the end of the post. Get used to it!

  13. Zack Barkley

    I find it very troubling one cannot uninstall such a standard program like Office. I’ve unsintalled manually, removed registry, and removed all other traces I could find using 3rd party software, and deleted the folders in the program files as well. Still when I tried to reinstall, it seems to already know my personal detials, and all the old problems and settings are preserved. This NEVER happens with similar issues on Win7 or WinXP using the same software disk. Maybe its useful to M$ and the NSA to track users and keep traces everywhere, but it ruins the possibility of truly fresh installs which often are the only way of fixing intractable problems..now we don’t even have recourse to this last effort. Very troubling from a technical, privacy and legal point of view. is this stuff in the kernel or stored offline at Redmond? I’m downgrading to Win7…this is ridiculous.

  14. Alexandre Catoire

    Used the fixit tool. After several minutes it said it uninstalled office and that I needed to restart my computer. When the computer restarted, automatic repair started immediately and couldn’t push through saying the computer did not restart properly. Now i cannot use my computer. It goes straight to automatic repair and won’t let me access my session. Apparently it affected a file from System32. :/
    My only option is to reinitialized my laptop. Hopefully it will solve the issue.

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