How to remove Office 2010? Talk about removing a program on Windows and anyone would rush to open Control Panel and click on the Add/Remove Programs icon. Clicking on Add/Remove Programs would bring out a list of programs installed in your computer. You click on the program you wish to uninstall and that’s it.
However, it is not the perfect method always. With most of the software packages, there is often an uninstaller for the package. This uninstaller is usually linked to the application’s Program Group in All Programs under the Start menu. There is no such option with Office 2010. For Office 2010, you have to use the Add/Remove Program option under Control Panel.
Why is there no uninstaller associated with Microsoft Office 2010? It is because Microsoft Office 2010 is a Microsoft product. Most of the Microsoft products do not carry an uninstaller since they can use the default Microsoft Windows uninstallation utility. We know this Microsoft Windows uninstallation utility as the Add/Remove Program feature, present in Control Panel.
Some people use computer-cleaning programs such as CCleaner, RegCleaner or Comodo System Tools to remove programs. Do not let this fool you. If you cannot uninstall a program with Windows Add/Remove Program feature, you cannot remove the program with any of the computer cleaning applications. Reason: Computer cleaners depend on the same feature – Windows Add/Remove Programs – for removing programs.
Coming back to the question - how to remove Office 2010, the first and easy step is to try to use the Add/Remove Program feature available in Control Panel.
- Open Control Panel and double click Add/Remove Programs
- Wait for the box to populate
- When the box is populated with the list of programs installed on your computer, look for Microsoft Office 2010 and click Uninstall
- You will be presented with three options – Modify, Repair, and Uninstall
- Click Uninstall
The Windows Uninstallation utility takes over and helps you uninstall Microsoft Office 2010. In some cases, it fails. The reason why Add/Remove Program cannot remove Office 2010 from some computers is that the Office 2010 installation is corrupt. Another major contributing factor for Add/Remove Program’s failure to uninstall Microsoft Office is that the installation files for Office 2010 software are corrupt. The Windows uninstallation utility requires data from the installation files to remove the software completely. This is true for any other program, meaning the installation files should be intact for Windows uninstallation utility to remove the program. These installation files store information such as location of .dll files, registry entries, and other data, including the location of temporary files.