Windows 10: uninstall office 03 after upgrading to 10

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  1.    07 Aug 2015 #1

    uninstall office 03 after upgrading to 10


    ok, got a buddy in the uk who upgraded to 10, now he wants to remove microsoft office 03 as its barely compatible with 10 and he wants to grab a more recent version of office. small problem. he cant figure out how to uninstall it. the usual suspects for enabling an uninstall dont appear to show the program. I've directed him to tutorial Apps - Uninstall in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums and suggested option 4. he's currently told me both hdd's and the ssd all have a folder called microsoft office. he's unsure whats what.

    edit:
    for clarification, the SSD is the drive that has the operating system installed to it.
    one hdd holds installed games, the other gets everything else.
    Last edited by xraiderv1; 14 Aug 2015 at 17:43.
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  2.    07 Aug 2015 #2

    Does he have multiple versions of Office installed currently? The one from 2003, sure. But also other ones?
    Does he have the Office compatibility pack for opening new office file types installed?

    It will help to have a look at what is inside these "Microsoft Office" folders. There will be folders called something like "Office10", "Office12" and so on. Which of those are there?
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  3.    07 Aug 2015 #3

    well, as he's now in bed, I'll ask him when I myself get out of bed.
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  4.    07 Aug 2015 #4

    The 2003 version of Office internally is called "Office11" btw, if that is what you are looking for...
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  5.    09 Aug 2015 #5

    he only has office 03(11) installed.
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  6.    09 Aug 2015 #6

    Here is a list with the things I personally would look for:

    • I do not know, why for him, program files are stored on different disks, but if Office11 is all he has installed, then he should just remove these folders.
    • Also should you check the Program Files/Common Files folder; it might also contain files of the old Office version, which should be removed as well.
    • The User folder will contain Office related files at several places inside the AppData folder. These folders (called Microsoft Office I guess), should also be removed.
    • It might make sense to clean up the registry afterwards as well, e.g. he will still have file association entries pointing to the then removed applications. A cleaning tool like CCleaner might help to identify and remove registry entries, which are corrupted afterwards.
    • There will also still be an entry in the "installed programes" list in the control panel.
    • And maybe way more stuff.

    Anyway, if you install the new version of Office after you have done the above steps, things should be fine.
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  7.    09 Aug 2015 #7

    A little off topic, but I have Office 2003 running on 2 W10 computers and have not had a problem yet. One computer was an 8.1 to 10 upgrade (with Office 2003 already loaded) , and the second computer was brand new that came with W10. I had to remove the new temporary "try it" version first, then loaded 2003 from my original discs. I know that I should move up to the latest Office, but the old version works fine for what I use it for.
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  8.    09 Aug 2015 #8

    Have him try to reinstall it. I've done that with a few problem programs and it helped most of the time.
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  9.    10 Aug 2015 #9

    I have not yet tried it, but I have also seen a Windows 10 installation with Office 2003 in it. I think it would not have been there, if it did not work...

    Anyway, continuing to use Office 2003 actually is no good idea: Extended support for Office 2003 has ended in April 2014; since that date security vulnerabilities no longer get fixed.
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  10.    10 Aug 2015 #10

    Joergi said: View Post
    I have not yet tried it, but I have also seen a Windows 10 installation with Office 2003 in it. I think it would not have been there, if it did not work...

    Anyway, continuing to use Office 2003 actually is no good idea: Extended support for Office 2003 has ended in April 2014; since that date security vulnerabilities no longer get fixed.
    Well, your comment made me get up and check the Microsoft box again and it is Office 2007 not 2003 as I previously posted. Sorry for my screw up.
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