Procedure For Manually Uninstalling Microsoft Office 2007 Suite

You must have occasionally noticed some error messages while trying to uninstall Microsoft Office 2007 Suite using the option “Add/ Remove Programs” from the Control Panel. There might be several reasons behind this including invalid, missing or corrupt registry keys, components or files.

The error messages notify you that the file “setup.ini” cannot be found or the setup has failed and the process of rolling back the changes is in progress. Sometimes it says that the setup is unable to continue as a necessary file is corrupt or unavailable and asks you to re-run the setup from the download location or original source disc.

Problems with uninstalling Microsoft Office 2007, does not allow you to re-install the suite. In order to resolve this issue related to un-installation of Microsoft Office 2007, you need to manually uninstall the Suite by following the below mentioned steps.

Step I: Remove any remnant Windows Installer packages related to Microsoft Office 2007 Suite.

  1. Click on the Start button, and select “Run”. Type in “installer” and click on “OK” in order to open the folder “%windir%\Installer”.
  2. Go to the “View” menu and click on “Details”. If you are using Windows Vista, you have to press “ALT” key to view the menu bar.
  3. Now, select “Choose Details”.
  4. Locate and tick the checkbox corresponding to “Subject” and within the textbox, fix the Selected Column Width (in Pixel) as “340”. Click on “OK” button. 

If you use Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, click on “Arrange icons by” in the “View” menu and then click on “Subject”.

If you use Windows Vista, click on “Sort By” in the “View” menu and then click on “Subject”. You might be asked for a confirmation by a dialog box “User Account Control”. You need to simply say “Allow”.

  • Locate every “.msi” file with “Microsoft Office Product_Name 2007” as the subject. Right-click on each of them and select “Uninstall”. Here, Product_Name is the placeholder for the product name of “2007 Microsoft Office”. 

Step II:Stop the service “Office Source Engine” 

  • If you use Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, go to the Start Menu and select “Run”. Type in “services.msc” and click on “Ok” button. 

If you use Windows Vista, go to the Start Menu and select “Start Search”, Type in “services.msc” and press the “Enter” key.

  1. A Window “Services” will appear. Within this window check if the service “Office Source Engine” is running or not. If you find that the service is running, just right-click on “Office Source Engine”. From the context menu options, select “Stop”.
  2. Exit the “Services” Window. 

Step III:Remove any installation folders related to 2007 Microsoft Office Suite 

  1. Incase of Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, select “Run” from the Start Menu and type in “%CommonProgramFiles%\Microsoft Shared”. Click on the “OK” button. 

Incase of Windows Vista, select “Start Search” from the Start Menu, type in “%CommonProgramFiles%\Microsoft Shared” and press the “Enter” key.

  • Check for the below mentioned folders and if found, delete them.
  • Office12
  • Source Engine
  • Incase of Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, select “Run” from the Start Menu and type in “%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office”. Click on the “OK” button. If your computer has a Windows XP 64-bit version, you need to type in “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office” in the run command box. 

Incase of Windows Vista, select “Start Search” from the Start Menu, type in “%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office” and press the “Enter” key.

  • Check for “MSOCache” folder within root folder of every hard disk drive. Once found, open it. 

If you are unable to locate “MSOCache” folder, simply follow the below mentioned steps.

  1. Go to Windows Explorer, click on “Tools” in the menu bar and select “Folder Options”.
  2. Click on the tab “View”.
  3. Look into “Advanced settings” pane for “Hidden files & folders”. Under “Hidden files & folders”, click on the radio button corresponding to the option to Show hidden files & folders.
  4. Uncheck the checkbox of the option that hides protected OS files and click on the “OK” button.
  5. Open the folder “drive_letter:\MSOCache\All Users” and delete each folder having the below mentioned text in its name. 

0FF1CE)-

The above text will have “0” and “1” instead of “O” and “I” alphabets.

Step IV:Remove any installation files related to 2007 Microsoft Office Suite 

  • Incase of Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, click on “Start” button and select the option “Run”. Type in “%appdata%\microsoft\templates” and click on “OK”. 

Incase of Windows Vista, click on “Start” button and select the option “Start Search”. Type in “%appdata%\microsoft\templates” and hit the “Enter” key.

  • Simply delete the below mentioned files:
  • Normal.dotm
  • Normalemail.dotm 
  • Incase of Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, click on “Start” button, select the option “Run” and type in “%appdata%\microsoft\document building blocks\Language_ID”. Click on “OK” button. 

Incase of Windows Vista, click on “Start” button, select the option “Start Search” and type in “%appdata%\microsoft\document building blocks\Language_ID”. Hit the “Enter” key.

“Language_ID” here is the placeholder for the 4-digit number which represents the MS Office 2007 language. For instance, the Language_ID for MS Office 2007 English version is 1033.

If you do not know the Language_ID, just type in “%appdata%\microsoft\document building blocks” in the run command box to open it. Next, open the subfolder at that location. If you do not find a folder, directly go to Step 5.

  1. If you find the folder, locate the file “Building blocks.dotx” and delete it.
  2. In Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, click on “Start” button and select the option “Run”. Type in “%temp%” and click on “OK”. 

In Windows Vista, click on “Start” button and select the option “Start Search”. Type in “%temp%” and hit the “Enter” key.

  1. Go to the option “Edit” on the menu bar and click on “Select All”.
  2. Click on “File” on the menu bar, and select “Delete”.
  3. In Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, click on “Start” button and select the option “Run”. Type in “%AllUsersprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Data” and click on “OK”. 

In Windows Vista, click on “Start” button and select the option “Start Search”. Type in “%AllUsersprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Data” and hit the “Enter” key.

  • Delete the file “Opa12.dat” only. 

Step V: Remove registry subkeys related to 2007 Microsoft Office Suite

  • Incase of Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, click on “Start” button and select the option “Run”. Type in “regedit” and click on “OK”. 

Incase of Windows Vista, click on “Start” button and select the option “Start Search”. Type in “regedit” and hit the “Enter” key.

  • Within the Registry Editor, click on the below mentioned subkey: 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0

  • Go to the “File “option on the menu bar and click on “Export”. Type in “DeletedKey01” and click on “Save” button.
  • Go to the “Edit “option in the menu bar and click on “Yes” as a confirmation to the deletion.
  • For every registry subkey mentioned below, repeat steps 1a to 1d. The name of exported key has to be altered by “1” for every subkey. i.e. you need to type in “DeletedKey02” incase of second subkey, “DeletedKey03” incase of the third one etc.

The * that you see in the below mentioned registry keys correspond to one or more than one characters within the subkey name.

For MS Windows 32-bit versions,

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\*F01FEC
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ose
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\12.0
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\*F01FEC
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\Delivery\SourceEngine\Downloads\*0FF1CE}-*
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\*0FF1CE*
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Win32Assemblies\*Office12*
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\UpgradeCodes\*F01FEC
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UpgradeCodes\*F01FEC
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\*F01FEC

For MS Windows 64-bit versions,

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UpgradeCodes\*F01FEC
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\12.0
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\*F01FEC
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\Delivery\SourceEngine\Downloads\*0FF1CE}-*
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ose
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\*0FF1CE*
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\*F01FEC
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\UpgradeCodes\*F01FEC
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\*F01FEC
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Win32Assemblies\*Office12* 
  1. For MS Windows 32-bit versions, locate the registry subkey mentioned below: 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

For MS Windows 64-bit versions, locate the registry subkey mentioned below:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

  1. Go to the “File “option on the menu bar and click on “Export”. Type in “UninstallKey01” and click on “Save button.
  2. Under the subkey “Uninstall” that you have located in Step 2, go to every subkey and check if the subkey includes the below mentioned value. 

Name as “UninstallString

Data as “file_name path\Office Setup Controller\Setup.exe path

Here, file_name is the placeholder for installation program name and path represents the file path.

  1. The moment you find a subkey with the name and data mentioned above, go to the “File” option on the menu bar and select “Delete”.
  2. Repeat the steps 4 & 5 till each subkey matching with the above mentioned name and data is deleted.
  3. Exit the Registry Editor 

Step VI: Reboot Your System

Finally, restart your PC to finish the un-installation procedure for MS Office 2007. You are now free to reinstall Microsoft Office 2007 if you wish to.

However, if you prefer to uninstall Microsoft Office 2007 automatically, you may alternatively use “Microsoft Office 2007 Complete Clean Registry Removal Tool”.

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