Clean Install Leftovers "Outlook"

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  1. Posts : 258
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Clean Install Leftovers "Outlook"


    Hello,
    Recently was helped graciously to Clean install Windows 10. An outlook suite was included on the install. I uninstalled the Outlook Suite as I don't use it. But I still show a productivity tile with outlook, word, excel etc. on my Start screen tiles. They will not uninstall from the individual tiles, only resize or hide. I don't show anything in add/remove programs about them to delete?
    Any ideas on why they are still there and how to get them gone?
    It is Windows 10 Pro listed as Microsoft windows Version 22H2 (OS Build 19045.2604)
    Thanx
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  2. Posts : 5,048
    Windows 10/11 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #2

    Hi.

    Are you saying that you wish to delete Microsoft Office, or just Outlook?

    What version?

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  3. Posts : 16,591
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4046
       #3

    I hesitated to reply because
    1 I do not understand how a Clean install can contain MSOffice - Clean Install - TenForumsTutorials
    2 Modern versions of MSOffice do not allow partial uninstallation. You can only uninstall the whole thing not just Outlook. MSOffice can be called a "suite"; Outlook cannot, it is part of MSOffice.


    Having said that, can't you just delete the icons from
    "C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
    or [as added in my next post after Luiz pointed out that they are all user items rather than current user items]
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    or is something stopping that?


    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 21 Feb 2023 at 07:47.
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  4. Posts : 6,199
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #4

    Complementing what Denis has posted
    If the Office suite is already uninstalled and you just want to delete the icons left over on the start menu, you will find all icons on two places:
    - For all users: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    - For the user: C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    Be careful on what you delete
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  5. Posts : 16,591
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4046
       #5

    Luiz is correct.

    I've just checked a computer with Office 2021 and those tile things are indeed all user items and are therefore in
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    I've corrected my previous post.

    Denis
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  6. Posts : 258
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Hello,
    Sorry. I wished to uninstall Microsoft Office. I believe Office was deleted as per the tile in the start menu and the programs list.
    I did not look at what version it was, but the clean install of Windows 10 Pro occurred a few days ago so it presumably was new.
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  7. Posts : 16,591
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4046
       #7

    glennc said:
    I wished to uninstall Microsoft Office. I believe Office was deleted as per the tile in the start menu and the programs list.
    Glenn,

    Your new post confuses me.
    - You have uninstalled MSOffice?
    - You have or have not now managed to delete the tiles you asked about using the guidance in post #3 above?

    Do note that a clean install of Windows does not include MSOffice. Something else had been happening.

    Denis
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  8. Posts : 258
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Try3 said:
    I hesitated to reply because
    1 I do not understand how a Clean install can contain MSOffice - Clean Install - TenForumsTutorials
    2 Modern versions of MSOffice do not allow partial uninstallation. You can only uninstall the whole thing not just Outlook. MSOffice can be called a "suite"; Outlook cannot, it is part of MSOffice.


    Having said that, can't you just delete the icons from
    "C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
    or [as added in my next post after Luiz pointed out that they are all user items rather than current user items]
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    or is something stopping that?


    Denis
    Now that you mention it I don't know either. I downloaded the media creation tool and put it on a usb and rebooted off of it. It caused to to create a new Microsoft Account during the install and downloads. Yes it was Microsoft Office and it deleted apparently leaving the discussed live tiles on the start menu.
    I am unsure of the current processes and I didn't want to hack about it if I can help it. I will investigate the icons and see that they are just that.
    Okay having just clicked on the icons and they seem to be links to online versions of the Office Suite???

    - - - Updated - - -

    Try3 said:
    Glenn,

    Your new post confuses me.
    - You have uninstalled MSOffice?
    - You have or have not now managed to delete the tiles you asked about using the guidance in post #3 above?

    Do note that a clean install of Windows does not include MSOffice. Something else had been happening.

    Denis
    The only thing I can think of is that the Windows Media Creation tool downloaded the extra programs.
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  9. Posts : 16,591
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4046
       #9

    glennc said:
    Okay having just clicked on the icons and they seem to be links to online versions of the Office Suite???
    There are indeed online versions. I have not used them because they lack some of the MSOffice capabilities that I need.
    How to Use Microsoft Office for Free on the Web - PCMag

    You should be able to delete the links in one of the folders mentioned.


    glennc said:
    The only thing I can think of is that the Windows Media Creation tool downloaded the extra programs.
    Windows can have those shortcuts to the online versions in the Start menu without anything having been installed so there is no mystery after all.


    If you ever have to Clean install again, see
    Clean Install - TenForumsTutorials
    [which contains instructions for avoiding MSAccounts if that is desired]
    and, in preparation for one, consider Backup and Restore Device Drivers - TenForumsTutorials



    All the best,
    And thanks for the rep,
    Denis
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  10. Posts : 258
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Not having done a clean install in quite awhile and the changes I may have created more than one issue. The install made me create a NEW microsoft account which I did (cursory look to see if I could disable the creation of the account was not found by me at the time). I do not know if it is related but as mentioned that leftover icons appear to be links to the online versions of the Office individual programs. Can I just delete these icons as shown??
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