Office 2010 SP1 installs SharePoint Workspace


Consider the following scenario:
  • You have a licensed installation of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010.
  • When you installed Office Professional Plus, you did not install the SharePoint Workspace 2010 program.
  • You install Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1).
In this scenario, SharePoint Workspace 2010 components are installed. A shortcut for SharePoint Workspace does not appear on your menu of programs. However, if you run \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\Groove.exe, SharePoint Workspace 2010 starts and works correctly. Also, if you access a SharePoint 2010 site that supports workspaces, the Site Actions menu includes Sync to SharePoint Workspace.

If you were previously running Microsoft Office Groove 2007 together with Office 2010 programs, Groove 2007 is upgraded to SharePoint Workspace 2010. Because of changes in the Groove account, you will no longer be able to use the Groove account in Groove 2007.


Office 2010 SP1 provides an add-in tool API for creating custom tools for Groove workspaces. Because of a bug in the SP1 installation process, the addition of this API and of related functionality in Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) triggers an installation of SharePoint Workspace if SharePoint Workspace is not already present. (If SharePoint Workspace is present, it is just upgraded.) However, this installation does not occur if the licensed version of Office 2010 does not include the SharePoint Workspace component.

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In most cases, this issue is harmless. However, it causes problems in two situations:
  • Enterprise installations for which you want to maintain a standardized environment
  • Installations over Groove 2007
If you have not yet installed the service pack, you can avoid this problem by installing an update that corrects it. However, the update must be applied before you install SP1. See one of the following sections, depending on your situation.

If you have not yet installed SP1

If your situation fits in one of the problem categories that are listed at the beginning of this section, install Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2598245), and then install Microsoft Office 2010 SP1. For more information about this update, click the following article number to view the article in Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2598245 Description of the Office 2010 update: March 29, 2012

If you have already installed SP1

If you have already installed the update and do not want to use SharePoint Workspace, you can just uninstall the component.

If you have already installed the update over Groove 2007, there is no supported way to downgrade. However, you may be able to recover. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
982777 What to consider when you upgrade from Groove 2007 to SharePoint Workspace 2010
If you manage an enterprise installation in which you do not want to include SharePoint Workspace, you can create a special Config.xml file to turn off the feature silently after SP1 is installed. If you have many users who are already affected by this change with SP1, this would be the quickest way to safely disable SharePoint Workspace.

In the Config.xml file, add the following text:

<Configuration Product="ProductID">
<Display Level="none" CompletionNotice="no" SuppressModal="yes" AcceptEula="yes" />
<OptionState Id="GrooveFiles" State="absent" Children="force" />
<Setting Id="SETUP_REBOOT" Value="Always" />

In this text, the placeholder ProductID represents the product ID for the actual Microsoft Office suite that you have installed. To find the product ID for your installation, look in the Setup.xml file. This file is located in the ProductName.WW folder. For example, the product ID for Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 is located in the following line in the ProPlus.WW\Setup.xml file:

<Setup Id="ProPlus" Type="Product" ... >

From this line, you can verify that the product ID is ProPlus.

After you create the Config.xml file, run the Office Setup again by using the modify command option to modify your installation and the config command option to call the Config.xml file that you just created. To do this, run the following command:

"%CommonProgramFiles%\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE14\Office Setup Controller\setup.exe" /modify ProductID /config "path\Config.xml"

In this command, replace the placeholder ProductID with the product ID (ex. ProPlus), and replace the placeholder path with the path of the Config.xml file that you created.

  • Program icons will remain until the computer restarts.
  • Your Setup.exe file may be in a different location.
For more information about how to customize a deployed installation by using a Config.xml file, visit the following Microsoft TechNet website:

For more information about how to customize a deployed installation by using the Office Customization Tool (OCT), visit the following Microsoft TechNet website:


Currently, if you uninstall SharePoint Workspace, install a cumulative update (CU) over SP1, and then uninstall the CU, SharePoint Workspace will be reinstalled.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.