Microsoft Office 2010 has been designed to work easily, quickly and intuitively. The version has also made it easier for employees to stay connected to their office from almost anywhere, through some add-on tools and features. Although the Microsoft Office 2010 application has proved to be extremely beneficial to corporates and home users alike, many people have faced difficulties while uninstalling the software, especially the Technical Preview. The article mentions the steps that are required to be followed while uninstalling the application; however, before you proceed with these, you need to ensure that any trace of a previous version has been removed. It must also be kept in mind that a manual removal is the best way to completely uninstall Microsoft Office from the system.

The methods of removing Microsoft Office

Method 1: A straightforward method is to use the bundled Uninstaller. It won’t affect any other applications on your drives but if this does not work, you need to consider the other methods. To do this, open the program manager by clicking on ‘start’, and then accessing Add/Remove Programs from the Control Panel (in case of Windows XP) or by clicking on Programs and Features (for Windows Vista/Windows 7 users). Once there, look for the Microsoft Office 2010 application and uninstall it.

Method 2: The next method involves three tools to get the job done. To begin with, download an application called ‘Remove Office 2007’ and run it (It works for Office 2010 too). Once you launch the tool, click on the ‘Go’ button and this would remove every possible trace of the program. Restart the computer and the tool would continue to look for any remaining traces before showing you the success notification. If there are still some traces that come up, this is where the Windows Installer Clean Up Utility comes in. Once it is installed, run it and look for Microsoft Office 2010. Keep selecting them and finally hit the ‘Remove’ button. If the clean up is successful, move on to the third tool that is the CCleaner. Download and install it and then run the Registry Integrity scan, but make sure that you backup the necessary files before going ahead with it and then reboot the system.

Method 3 – Uninstalling the Office 2010 Technical Preview: There may be times when following the above two steps might still not help you in removing the Technical Preview. More often than not, users get an error that says ‘This product installation has been corrupted’. Microsoft Office 2010 has a Setup Controller directory “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE14\Office Setup Controller\Groove.en-us\ that checks the installed components. Please check the directory and if you have no ‘Setup.xml’ file there, you can copy the file from the ‘Groove.en-us’ directory of the source files to this directory and then check the installation again.

Following all these methods together can easily resolve the issue so that users do not face problems in uninstalling any component of Microsoft Office 2010.