Microsoft Office 2013 no doubt is the best version of Office to date. However, if you need to uninstall it for any reason (or do a repair), the process can turn into an amazing headache. Here’s a look at a simple and easy to use tool from Microsoft that makes uninstalling Office 2013 as easy as a few clicks.
Office 2013 Repair or Uninstall Problems
Office 2013, as well as previous versions of Office, really digs itself deep into the Windows OS – as well as your browsers, apps, and other programs installed.
Uninstalling Office 2013 through the Control Panel > Programs and Features has had varying results in my experience, mostly not good. A lot of times it’s hobbled with errors, or simply doesn’t work at all. I usually uninstall programs using Revo Uninstaller – but it ends up finding an unbelievable amount of leftovers…well lets just say I will never try that again.
You’ll even get a message letting you know that not everything in the Office suite will be uninstalled.
Also times you may experience a situation where Office becomes corrupted, so you try a Repair of Office. If you haven’t done a repair before, check out our article on how to Repair Office 2007 or Office 2010. The steps for repairing Office 2013 is the same as 2010.
When I worked in IT, years ago I experienced that situation many times on individual workstations. I sure wish Office 365 was available then. It was a time we were migrating users from Office 2003 to Office 2007 — yup a crazy experience to say the least, but I digress…Whatever the reason you need to uninstall office, read on.
Uninstall Office 2013 or 365
To make sure your uninstall goes successfully, Microsoft has made a Fix it tool for everyone. Download this Fix it solution (kb 2739501) and launch it.
Follow along with the onscreen instructions of the wizard. They’re straightforward and easy to do. The first option will be to apply a fix or skip the fix and continue troubleshooting. The tool will run for a few minutes.
After the problem is identifies and fixed, you can drill down deeper and get specific details about what caused the problems.
After it’s done, Office 2013 will be completely uninstalled from your computer and then you can go back and reinstall it if you want.