Gone are the days when having a computer was a privilege and only a few people owned them. In today’s fast paced world, access to the functionality of a computer system is not just recommended but also, almost indispensable. As such, the prices of computers have steadily fallen over the last decade. Manufacturers of computers have had to cut costs so as to make it available to the larger audience at a more suitable price. This, however, has effectively put an end to freebies. Most programs that are installed in a new computer are trial editions that require registry and purchase once the trial period is over. One such trial offer is the pricey and extremely useful Microsoft Office. Generally available in a 60 day trial offer, Microsoft Office allows users access to multiple functions like creating spreadsheets, word processing as well as developing effective presentations.

Why Do You Have To Manually Uninstall?

Once the trial period reaches its expiration and if you decide on not purchasing and registering for the full version, the trial version needs to be uninstalled from your computer to free the large amount of system resources that it now blocks. There are programs on the computer that have an Uninstall link in its folder itself but as the Microsoft Office Trial version does not have this, it has to be manually uninstalled from the system via the Control Panel. The way to do this is quite easy. To uninstall the Microsoft Office trial version, one has to first, click the ‘Start’ button to enter the computers Control Panel.

Step-By-Step Procedure

  • Once there, click the Programs list and wait while the computer computes a list of all available programs installed on the computer.
  • Click the ‘Uninstall a program’ option that is provided. Scroll down the available displayed list, searching for the Microsoft Office Trial. As soon as you select it, the option buttons of Uninstall and Change are activated.
  • Click on the Uninstall button on the top of the page.
  • Windows questions you as to whether you are certain you wish to uninstall the Microsoft Office trial. Once you click ‘Yes’ as an answer to this query, Microsoft Windows will begin uninstalling the Trial version of Microsoft Office. You might have to wait for a few minutes while the uninstalling gets completed. This effectively removes the Microsoft Office trial edition from your computer.
  • When prompted, restart your computer to complete the process.

The procedure mostly remains the same for all Microsoft Office versions. The Office 2010 though needs you to look for the Microsoft Office Click-to-Run 2010 and uninstall that. This provokes a warning window pop up that warns the user that removing the Click-to-Run would automatically remove the Microsoft Office 2010 as well.

Other methods involve backing up all critical files and running a system restore on your computer. This procedure also requires you to manipulate User Account Control or UAC which happens to be a default setting due to security concerns. This method is not recommended due to the fact that it is a little tedious to complete and might put your unit at a security risk.