Office Setup Uninstall does not remove some components of the Office installation in Office XP

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If you uninstall Microsoft Office XP Setup (in Maintenance mode, click Uninstall Office and then click Next), the Setup program does not delete a number of folders, shortcuts to files, and .tmp files that are located in the following folder:
C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Shortcut Bar
NOTE: The name and location of your Windows and Application Data folders may be different, depending on the version of Microsoft Windows that your computer is running and the configuration.


These folders, shortcuts, and .tmp files are all temporary files or folders that are created by the Microsoft Office XP Shortcut Bar. The Setup program does not delete the files, because they were not installed by Office Setup. When you use the Uninstall Office option in the Office Setup program, the only files that are deleted are those originally installed with Office.


After you uninstall Office, you can safely delete the .tmp file, folders, and shortcut files in the Shortcut Bar folder.


When you run the Office Shortcut Bar, a number of .tmp files are created in the Shortcut Bar folder on your hard disk. The names of the files resemble the following:
NOTE: The three .tmp files beginning with "tes" are for a custom toolbar called Test that was created before uninstalling Office.

Additional folders may be created for each custom toolbar that you create. All of these folders and files are not deleted when you uninstall Office. If you want to delete these files, you must delete them manually from the Shortcut Bar\custom toolbar name folder.


Article ID: 290365 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 1.4
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