Office updates

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    Windows 10

    Office updates

    I have an emachines et1331g desktop. The desktop came with Windows 7 and office 2007 (trial version) already installed. I uninstalled the office 2007 using control panel right away because I had office xp pro that I wanted to use instead. Although I uninstalled office 2007, I kept getting updates for 2007. When using Windows 7, I had the option to hide the updates and not install them. That worked to keep them from downloading. After upgrading to Windows 10, I cannot keep windows from downloading them. My question is: Why does windows update think I still have the office 2007 installed? There is no office 2007 showing in installed programs. Is there a way to prevent the updates for office 2007 that supposed to be uninstalled? I have office xp pro that works well with 7 and 10.
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    Windows 10 Pro

    First, I would be remiss if I didn't warn you that Office XP is no longer supported, and thus it has known vulnerabilities that attackers can take advantage of to install viruses and malware. You really should upgrade to a more modern version of Office. Office XP is 15 years old.

    To answer your question, when you install a version of Office and then uninstall it, it leaves behind bits and pieces that still register with the Windows Update system, and thus Windows Update installs updates. These might be things like language versions, or other apps. You might want to check your Program Files folders for remnants of it. There is also a tool you can download from Microsoft to completely remove any given version of Office.
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    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro

    Also, if you have a 64-bit version of Win10 be sure to look in C:\Program Files (x86) for remnants of Office 2007 and older. Office 2010 and newer are available as either 32-bit or 64-bit.

    Updates can also appear if having a Microsoft Viewer installed such as PowerPoint Viewer, Excel Viewer, etc.

    I also have had no problem reinstalling Office 2000, Office XP/2002 and Office 2003 after Upgrading a computer to Win10.
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