After running services.msc, I open "Microsoft Office Click-to-Run Service" properties and apply DISABLED. At some point, and I haven't determined what triggers it, because I check after turning on laptop after an overnight shutdown and it will still show as DISABLED -- for a while -- but at some point it will turn itself back to being AUTOMATIC. HOW does it override my direct instructions of DISABLED over and over? Similarly, I must play whack-a-mole ending Cortana within my Task Manager every new start of my HP Pavilion laptop. Frustrating.