Why bother with REVO etc - msicuu2.exe from Ms still works on W10

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  1. jimbo45's Avatar
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       #1

    Why bother with REVO etc - msicuu2.exe from Ms still works on W10


    Hi folks

    I'm always surprised why people use REVO uninstaller a lot -- I personally don't rate it as much.

    What's wrong with downloading the old Ms tool for removing all traces of relcalcitrant applications which you want to get rid of including obscure registry keys etc.

    Still works fine on W10 X64 --> MSICUU2.EXE

    I'm using this to tidy up my Office installations to get rid of odd bits and pieces from various editions which didn't get removed totally by the standard uninstall process.

    Why bother with REVO etc - msicuu2.exe from Ms still works on W10-uninstall.png


    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2. cereberus's Avatar
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       #2

    jimbo45 said:
    Hi folks

    I'm always surprised why people use REVO uninstaller a lot -- I personally don't rate it as much.

    What's wrong with downloading the old Ms tool for removing all traces of relcalcitrant applications which you want to get rid of including obscure registry keys etc.

    Still works fine on W10 X64 --> MSICUU2.EXE

    I'm using this to tidy up my Office installations to get rid of odd bits and pieces from various editions which didn't get removed totally by the standard uninstall process.

    Why bother with REVO etc - msicuu2.exe from Ms still works on W10-uninstall.png


    Cheers
    jimbo
    MS retired it years ago, and you have to download it. Revo is well known.
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  3. jimbo45's Avatar
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    cereberus said:
    MS retired it years ago, and you have to download it. Revo is well known.

    Hi there
    Revo didn't work for me properly so I looked for something else -- this one worked.

    Another conspiracy theory for you !!!.

    Not sure why Ms retired it either -- perhaps it works too well !!!!!

    Their logic I suppose is as follows :

    We surely can't allow software to do actually what is says on the tin now can we ! people might think we produce reliable well tested essentially bug free software -- that would never do now would it.

    How then could we get users to pay for new versions of things like Windows if we didn't have buggy software in older editions. Shareholders wouldn't like that would they.

    Cheers
    jimbo.
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  4. eLPuSHeR's Avatar
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       #4

    Hey Jimbo.

    Have you tried Geek Uninstaller.

    It's a nice free app.
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  5. Barman58's Avatar
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    I use the Pro version and find it invaluable,

    Now my needs are not those of a basic user, I tend to trial applications regularly and then remove them. Doing this means that before very long the system gets messy if you do not take precautions and work to a system.

    The pro version allows me to "record" the install and use this fully remove all traces of the application from the system when I'm ready, Including the "special" DLL files that are no longer available in the current OS version .

    Yes I could go the way of using a system image and restore the system when I decide I do not want to keep the application, but Revo is quicker, with something like macrium reflect, you have to Image the whole system, Go through the installation,and then restore the whole system when the time comes. Revo allows me to install the application, (the recording process is not noticeable to the user) load several other applications, If later when I chose to remove an application, [possibly one that was installed a few months ago), I can do this simply, knowing that it is complete uninstall.

    I think of Revo as an Imaging System for application installs
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  6. Posts : 1,962
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       #6

    msicuu2.exe
    Even MS themselves say that it does not work fully on the latest versions of MS Office. It has not been updated.
    Old versions of MS Office yes, newer versions no.

    There is another removal tool for newer versions, I used that to get rid of a trial MS Office version 2013 ? on this Laptop as I already have licences for a version of MS Office.

    I don't use Revo now as it damaged Windows when used at one time, and re-installing Windows was necessary to get the driver/application to install again.
    Ever since then I won't use it. I don't care whether anyone virally 'recommends' it, or indeed any other bloatware uninstaller.
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  7. Bastet's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       #7

    I find Revo pro invaluable in removing all the leftovers from software which I’ve removed.
    I even used it to totally remove Norton after running their removal tool & I was surprised by how much it found.
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  8. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
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    Helmut said:
    msicuu2.exe
    Even MS themselves say that it does not work fully on the latest versions of MS Office. It has not been updated.
    Old versions of MS Office yes, newer versions no.

    There is another removal tool for newer versions, I used that to get rid of a trial MS Office version 2013 ? on this Laptop as I already have licences for a version of MS Office.

    I don't use Revo now as it damaged Windows when used at one time, and re-installing Windows was necessary to get the driver/application to install again.
    Ever since then I won't use it. I don't care whether anyone virally 'recommends' it, or indeed any other bloatware uninstaller.
    I can understand if once, at some past time, it messed up the system, and you no longer trust it for any reason at all. But...2 things:

    1) Using the Advanced option does sometimes require a bit of human scrutiny, particularly with apps that intertwine with others and system objects. A little common sense approach.
    2) Revo is by no means or definition or content "bloatware". Everything in it is there for a purpose, including pre-defined and tested install logs, Forced Uninstall for apps that embed tricky unrelated objects that are hard to discern, and options to backup/save registry and deleted registry entries.

    And, of course, the Install Log for tracing a complete history of what the installation did.

    I like Revo. I use Revo. I recommend Revo.

    Cheers...
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  9. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #9

    jimbo45 said:
    Hi folks

    I'm always surprised why people use REVO uninstaller a lot -- I personally don't rate it as much.

    What's wrong with downloading the old Ms tool for removing all traces of relcalcitrant applications which you want to get rid of including obscure registry keys etc.

    Still works fine on W10 X64 --> MSICUU2.EXE

    I'm using this to tidy up my Office installations to get rid of odd bits and pieces from various editions which didn't get removed totally by the standard uninstall process.

    Why bother with REVO etc - msicuu2.exe from Ms still works on W10-uninstall.png


    Cheers
    jimbo
    Interesting find. I had to force the installer to run as admin else I got a Visual Basic error. There was no evidence of anything installed to run so I had to find the installed .exe file in my program Files (x86) folder.
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  10. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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       #10

    Helmut said:
    msicuu2.exe
    Even MS themselves say that it does not work fully on the latest versions of MS Office. It has not been updated.
    Old versions of MS Office yes, newer versions no.

    There is another removal tool for newer versions, I used that to get rid of a trial MS Office version 2013 ? on this Laptop as I already have licences for a version of MS Office.

    I don't use Revo now as it damaged Windows when used at one time, and re-installing Windows was necessary to get the driver/application to install again.
    Ever since then I won't use it. I don't care whether anyone virally 'recommends' it, or indeed any other bloatware uninstaller.
    Hi there

    Ms have a complete office remover tool that works too.
    That tool is really needed as all sorts of Office bits are left in system because of office stand alone editions being updated to the "Click to run" stuff.

    Actually the click to run latest versions are almost impossible to user configure -- especially email with the latest updates I call the new version "Kindergarten Office"

    Revo was hopeless at removing residual bits of various office versions / updates. the old and new tools work just fine.

    There's about 10 zillion registry keys in "Kindergarten" office these days. (2016/2105/365 -- latest versions -- definitely Kindergarten version).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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