Solved How to uninstall individual apps from an existing installation of Office 365?


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I want to remove individual apps from existing Ms office 365 installation on my laptop running Windows 11. I tried to do this with a configuration file containing the following code.

Code:
<Add OfficeClientEdition="64" Channel="Current">

    <Product ID="O365BusinessRetail">

      <Language ID="MatchOS" />

      <Language ID="hi-in" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="Access" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="Lync" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="OneDrive" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" />

    </Product>

    <Product ID="ProofingTools">

      <Language ID="en-us" />

    </Product>

  </Add>

In a new folder folder called 'foroffice' where I saved extracted files from office deployment tool, I went to command prompt and typed the following command.


Code:
D:\foroffice>setup.exe /configure preferencesconfig.xml

But then nothing happened.




I also ran the following commands in powershell with admin privileges but still no change.

Code:
Get-AppxPackage -Name "Microsoft.Office.Desktop.Access" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -Name "Microsoft.Office.Desktop.OneNote" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -Name "Microsoft.Office.Desktop.Publisher" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -Name "Microsoft.Office.Desktop.Teams" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -Name "Microsoft.Office.Desktop.Groove" | Remove-AppxPackage






Am I supposed to do the installation again or is there a way to remove apps from my existing Office 365 installation?
 
Windows Build/Version
23H2 (22631.3593)

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 11
Code:
<Add OfficeClientEdition="64" Channel="Current">

    <Product ID="O365BusinessRetail">

      <Language ID="MatchOS" />

      <Language ID="hi-in" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="Access" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="Lync" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="OneDrive" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" />

      <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" />

    </Product>

    <Product ID="ProofingTools">

      <Language ID="en-us" />

    </Product>

  </Add>

In a new folder folder called 'foroffice' where I saved extracted files from office deployment tool, I went to command prompt and typed the following command.


Code:
D:\foroffice>setup.exe /configure preferencesconfig.xml

But then nothing happened.




Am I supposed to do the installation again or is there a way to remove apps from my existing Office 365 installation?
Hi,
Is the preferencesconfig.xml located in the same 'foroffice' directory?( with setup.exe)
If not, you need to specify the fully qualified path.
My configuration.xml has <Configuration> & </Configuration> tags.
 

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In addition to what @OAT said, especially the part about the Configuration tag missing.... if you excluded apps in the initial installation, you need to exclude them when you modify the installation also.

I've attached a sample XML file that I just used to remove Access, PowerPoint, and Publisher, so I know it works. Might help to compare mine to yours.

Also.... Excluding and re-including applications within the Office 365 ProPlus Suite
 

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Thanks, I used your edited xml file and added the software that I wanted to remove. The setup and the xml file are in the same folder.

The setup ran smoothly and after it completed, I got a confirmation message. However, access and publisher still exist on my machine. What to do now?

1716907070693.png


Tried again with the following configuration but still no success

Code:
<Configuration>
  <Add Version="MatchInstalled">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
      <Language ID="MatchOS" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Access" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Lync" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="OneDrive" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Bing" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" />
    </Product>
  </Add>
</Configuration>
 
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Haven't tried with my Microsoft 365 [Dec. '23] but on older versions of Office one could do a Repair install and choose parts to leave out.
 

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    Win11 Pro RTM
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    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
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    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
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    Dell Vostro 5890
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    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
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    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
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    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
Haven't tried with my Microsoft 365 [Dec. '23] but on older versions of Office one could do a Repair install and choose parts to leave out.
This no longer applies.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 All /Debian/Arch
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
    CPU
    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
    Memory
    24428 Megabytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
    Screen Resolution
    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
    WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 500.1 GB
    WDCSDAPNUW-1002 256 GB
    PSU
    19V DC 6.32 A 120 W
    Cooling
    Dual Fans
    Mouse
    MS Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1GB Cox -us & ADSL Bouygues -fr
    Browser
    Edge Canary- Firefox Nightly
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    VMs of Windows 11 stable/Beta/Dev/Canary
    VM of XeroLinux- Arch based & Debian 12
  • Operating System
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    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM
You may need the AllowCdnFallback="TRUE" attribute in your Add tag. This value is false by default, and the article I linked says

Setup.exe and the configuration file will need access to the Office source files. Either from the Microsoft CDN (Recommended) or internally by including them in a Configuration Manager application.
 

My Computers

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC12WSHi7
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P, 2100 MHz
    Motherboard
    NUC12WSBi7
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    built-in Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3219Q
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 990 PRO 1TB
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Clears
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    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Iris Plus 655
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Clear
I've attached a sample XML file that I just used to remove Access, PowerPoint, and Publisher

Will this work for Office 2021 Pro Plus given:

Code:
<Product ID="2021ProPlusRetail">

Within the script?
 

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    Intel® Core™ i7-14700F
    Motherboard
    ASUS TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI
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    G.SKILL Ripjaws S5 Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR5
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    RTX 4070 Super OC 12 GB
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    ASUS TUF Gaming 27" 2K HDR Gaming
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 Pro 1TB NVMe (Win 11)
    SK hynix P41 500GB NVMe (Win 10)
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    Crucial P3 Plus 4TB
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    Case
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    Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black + 7 Phantek T-30's
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    Mouse
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    On System One
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    Win 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
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    PC/Desktop
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    Self Built
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-11700F
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Gaming Z590 Plus WiFi
    Memory
    64 GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3050 XC Black Gaming
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    Samsung F27T350
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    Samsung 980 Pro 1TB
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    Samsung 870 EVO 500GB SSD
    PSU
    Corsair HX750
    Case
    Cougar MX330-G Window
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    Hyper 212 EVO
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    350Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Security

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC12WSHi7
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    12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P, 2100 MHz
    Motherboard
    NUC12WSBi7
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    built-in Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3219Q
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 990 PRO 1TB
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Clears
  • Operating System
    Linux Mint 21.2 (Cinnamon)
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    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC8i5BEH
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    32 GB
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    Iris Plus 655
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Clear

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    ASUS TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI
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    ASUS TUF Gaming 27" 2K HDR Gaming
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@pseymour I must be doing something wrong. Seems it ignores my xml file. They're all still installed.

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    ASUS TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI
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    G.SKILL Ripjaws S5 Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 4070 Super OC 12 GB
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster AE-5 Plus
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming 27" 2K HDR Gaming
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 Pro 1TB NVMe (Win 11)
    SK hynix P41 500GB NVMe (Win 10)
    SK hynix P41 2TB NVMe (x3)
    Crucial P3 Plus 4TB
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    Corsair RM850x Shift
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    Antec Dark Phantom DP502 FLUX
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    Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black + 7 Phantek T-30's
    Keyboard
    Logitech MK 320
    Mouse
    Razer Basilisk V3
    Internet Speed
    350Mbs
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Winows Security
    Other Info
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.3880
    On System One
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-11700F
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Gaming Z590 Plus WiFi
    Memory
    64 GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3050 XC Black Gaming
    Sound Card
    SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung F27T350
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro 1TB
    Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB
    Samsung 870 EVO 500GB SSD
    PSU
    Corsair HX750
    Case
    Cougar MX330-G Window
    Cooling
    Hyper 212 EVO
    Internet Speed
    350Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
You may need the AllowCdnFallback="TRUE" attribute in your Add tag. This value is false by default, and the article I linked says



Here's how the xml file looks.

Code:
<Configuration>
  <Add Version="MatchInstalled">
  <AllowCdnFallback="TRUE">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
      <Language ID="MatchOS" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Access" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Lync" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="OneDrive" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Bing" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" />
    </Product>
  </Add>
</Configuration>

I am getting this error now. I'm connected to internet and my hard drive has the same amount of ample free space (51.3 GB) as before.

1716963902288.png
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 11
Ok. I edited the xml file as below. The '>' at the end of matchinstalled was causing the issue. However, even after using this xml file I get the same outcome. The apps still remain installed.

Code:
<Configuration>
  <Add Version="MatchInstalled"
       AllowCdnFallback="TRUE">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
      <Language ID="MatchOS" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Access" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Lync" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="OneDrive" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Bing" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" />
    </Product>
  </Add>
</Configuration>
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
I'm not sure why, but you had a product ID of O365BusinessRetail in your original post, but now you have O365ProPlusRetail, which is what was in my XML file. I posted my file for comparison purposes; you can't just take my file and use it on your installation if we're installing different products. You should compare mine to your original file and see what the differences are.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC12WSHi7
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P, 2100 MHz
    Motherboard
    NUC12WSBi7
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    built-in Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3219Q
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 990 PRO 1TB
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Clears
  • Operating System
    Linux Mint 21.2 (Cinnamon)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC8i5BEH
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8259U CPU @ 2.30GHz
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Iris Plus 655
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Clear
Sorry. My bad. I checked my installed version using registry editor by going to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\Configuration and checking the ProductReleaseID key and then edited the line in my xml accordingly to

<Product ID="O365HomePremRetail">

Now the targeted apps aren't on my system.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
Nice! And no worries. We’re all still (hopefully) learning every day. Glad it’s sorted.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC12WSHi7
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P, 2100 MHz
    Motherboard
    NUC12WSBi7
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    built-in Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3219Q
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 990 PRO 1TB
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Clears
  • Operating System
    Linux Mint 21.2 (Cinnamon)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC8i5BEH
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8259U CPU @ 2.30GHz
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Iris Plus 655
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Clear
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