May 09, - 15 comments If you have installed a trial or full version of Microsoft Office , the company's latest installment of the suite, on your PC and want to uninstall it again, for instance because it is causing issues on the PC, you do not want to use it anymore, or simply because you want to install it again at a later time, then you can usually use the uninstall a program control panel applet to do so.
Press the Windows key, enter uninstall, select uninstall a program from the results listing and browse to the Microsoft Office or Office listing.
Right-click the program and select uninstall from the context menu. This works most of the time and all is good when it does. The uninstallation may take some time and you may be required to restart your PC afterwards, but there won't be any complications that prevent the removal.
Sometimes, you may get an error message, or Office may not even be listed in the Control Panel applet. If it works, you should see the official Office uninstaller: Are you sure you want to uninstall Uninstalling will remove all the files and data of this Office product and you will no longer be able to use the related product We've noticed you have other Office products that will remain intalled after you install this product.
We recommend you Repair these products from the Programs and Features item in your Control Panel once you're done uninstalling If the uninstallation fails, you will get to the following screen which tells you to try the uninstallation again.
Couldn't uninstall Office We're sorry. Office couldn't be uninstalled. Please try uninstalling Office again. You can go online to find more help. We're sorry, but we ran into an error donwloading and installing your Office programs. Please check your network connection, ensure you have enough disk space, and restart your computer. Your installation will continue automatically. If your installation does not complete, or you see any more errors use the Repair option from the Programs and Features item in your Control Panel to repair your installation.
The link leads to a Fix It that tries to resolve the issue. It walks you through the removal process and should be successful if the regular uninstaller can't uninstall Office or Office from the PC. The process may take several minutes to complete and should not be interrupted. Note that you are asked to restart your computer at the end of the process.
You can click on cancel on that page to reboot at a later point in time. Manual removal of Office or If you prefer full control over the process, you can try and remove Office manually from the PC. There are two ways to uninstall Office manually. Office Standard or Office Professional Plus Method 1 Open C: Open an elevated command prompt. Tap on Windows, enter cmd, right-click on the result and select run as administrator from the menu. Type cd "C: Type integrator.
To remove the Office preview scheduled tasks run the following commands. Type schtasks. Click on the Process tab and kill the following processes: Type sc delete OfficeSvc at the command prompt. If you are running an x86 version of Office and an x64 operating system run the following command: Make sure you can view Hidden files and folders on your system Select View, then Choose Details Select Subject, type in the width of the column and click ok.
This may take several minutes before subjects appear. Use Windows-R to open a run box Enter services.
Aug 24, - In this tutorial we'll show you an easy way to remove the existing product key registered with your Microsoft Office / application. Mar 12, - As specified in the TechNet Tools to manage Office volume digits of the product key to uninstall (as displayed by the /dstatus option).How to change the saved Office Product Key. Learn how to change your product key to fix activation errors that can occur if you own and install multiple one-time purchases of Office , Office
He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. Updated November 09, Microsoft Office and , like all versions of Office and most other programs you pay for, requires that you enter a unique product key during the installation process, proving, to a point, that you own the software. So what do you do if you need to reinstall the program but you've lost this important, digit installation code? You've probably already tried all the expected "looking around" but there are a few more things you can try that you may not have known about.
Unfortunately, Microsoft changed how they handled Microsoft Office product keys beginning with Office , storing only part of the product key on your local computer. This means that those product key finder programs aren't quite as helpful as they used to be. If Office or came preinstalled on your computer when you purchased it, your product key should be printed on the holographic sticker attached to your computer.
My guess is that you've looked those places already before finding yourself on this page. However, there's one thing that might help you out, especially if you bought Office online: While I mentioned already that product key finder tools won't find your Office product key, some will locate the last five digits, the only thing stored on your computer, which can be helpful in your search.
Here's how to do it: Download Belarc Advisor. This is one of the better system information programs out there and also doubles as a product key finder. Install Belarc Advisor and run it.
It takes a few minutes to dig up all of your computer's information, including that last part of your Office or product key. From the Belarc Advisor Computer Profile browser window that opens, tap or click the Software Licenses link in the left margin. Look for the Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office mention in the list.
Belarc Advisor lists the exact suite or program name here, so if you just have Word , look for Microsoft - Office Word If you have a full-blown suite, look for Microsoft - Office Professional Plus You get the idea. What you'll see is a series of numbers, followed by Key: Those five characters, whatever they may be, are the final five characters of your valid Office or Office product key.
The characters prior to that sentence are not your product key. Belarc Advisor isn't capable of finding the entire Office product key for these versions because it does not exist on your computer, unlike with previous versions of Office.
Now that you have the final part of your MS Office key, you can search your email and computer for that string of characters, hopefully surfacing any digital documentation you still have on your purchase.
Obviously, that trick isn't helpful if you don't have a digital paper trail of your Office purchase, but it's worth the trouble if you might. View Your Office or Key on Your Office Account Page If you previously registered and activated your copy of Microsoft Office or , you'll be happy to know that Microsoft has stored for you, and will show you, your original product key. Here's what you need to do to view it: Tap or click the Install from a disc. Depending on how you bought the software, and if you've installed Microsoft Office already, you may not need to know or enter your product key at all.
Just tap or click the Install button instead and follow the instructions given. On the page that loads next, tap or click I have a disc, followed by View your product key.
No need to repeat all of this again next time you need it! Contact Microsoft for a Replacement Office Product Key Another option, that you may or may not have the most luck with, is to contact Microsoft directly to ask for a replacement key. Microsoft obviously isn't going to just trust that you bought MS Office and read you a valid product key over the phone. You'll need to find whatever proof of purchase you can find and have it ready before calling.
You can find the best number to call on the Microsoft Support: Contact Us page. As straightforward as calling about a replacement key might sound, I know from experience on both sides that tech support of any kind can be tricky for everyone involved.
Just sign in to your Office account online and follow the menu prompts to download and install the latest version of Microsoft Office Unfortunately, if none of the options I've already mentioned work out, you're left with buying a new copy of Office. Please know that key finder tools work very well with versions of Office prior to Office Continue Reading.