This article describes how to completely remove Microsoft Office 97 from
NOTE: For additional information about how to remove Office 97 on Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), and Microsoft Windows 2000, click the article number below
to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
A utility that automates this process is also available. This utility is
designed to be run only after you run the Setup program for Office 97 and
click Remove All to remove Office. For additional information, click the article number below
to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
NOTE: After you complete the following steps, it may be necessary to
reinstall earlier versions of programs that use the shared components that
Microsoft Office 97 uses. For example, to use any of the programs included
with Microsoft Office 7.0, it may be necessary to reinstall Microsoft
Office 7.0 before you can use the programs.
WARNING: If Microsoft Outlook 98 is installed, you must remove it before you remove Microsoft Office 97 by using the steps in this article.
To remove Microsoft Office 97 from your computer, follow these steps:
Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click Add/Remove Programs. In the list of installed programs,
click Microsoft Office 97, and then click Add/Remove. If you installed
Microsoft Office from a CD, you are prompted to insert the first CD.
If a dialog box displays a message stating that programs are running,
quit the programs, and then click OK.
In the Microsoft Office 97 Setup dialog box, click Remove All.
When you are prompted to remove shared components, click Remove All.
If you are prompted to restart the computer after Setup is completed,
restart the computer.
WARNING: Before proceeding with the next step, if you are running Microsoft Windows 98, do not delete the Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MSInfo folder.
Before you delete the Microsoft Office folder, make sure that you
do not have other programs, such as Microsoft Project or Microsoft
Publisher, installed in the Microsoft Office folder. If you delete the
Microsoft Office folder, you may need to reinstall these programs.
Deleting the Microsoft Office folder also deletes the
Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\XLStart folder, which may
contain personal files. Make sure that you remove all personal files
from this folder before you delete it. Also, deleting the Microsoft Office
folder deletes the Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates folder,
which may contain personal templates. Make sure that you remove all personal files,
including custom macros, from this folder before you
Some of the files located in the folders to be removed may contain macros, templates, or other customizations that you may want to save. You should back up these files, so that you can restore them after you reinstall Office. They are:
*.acl except Mso97.acl
Any personal templates you created that might be in the Templates folder.
In Windows Explorer, delete the following folders:
NOTE: <username> is the name of the user who is logged on to the
computer. If multiple users log on to the computer using different
user names, each user has separate .acl and .pcb files. All of these
files can be deleted.
If you are running Microsoft Windows 98, do not delete the Mcf40.dll
file in the Windows\System folder.
If you are running Microsoft Windows NT, delete the files from the
Winnt\System32 folder, NOT the Winnt\System folder.
12520437.cpx 12520850.cpx accwiz.dll
cnfnot32.exe comdlg16.ocx commtb32.dll
convdsn.exe ctl3dv2.dll dbnmpntw.dll docobj.dll
drvssrvr.hlp ds16gt.dll ds32gt.dll emsabp32.dll
emsmdb32.dll emsui32.dll emsuix32.dll etexch32.dll
fm20.dll fm20enu.dll hlink.dll hlinkprx.dll
iso88591.trn jetdef35.hlp jeterr35.cnt jeterr35.hlp
jetsql35.cnt jetsql35.hlp mapiform.vbx mapifvbx.tlb
mapisvc.cnt minet32.dll misc2.srg
mlctrl.dll mscal.cnt mscal.dep mscal.hlp
mscal.ocx mscpxl32.dll msexcl35.dll msforms.twd
msfs32.dll msjet35.dll msjint35.dll msjter35.dll
msothunk.dll msrd2x35.dll msrepl35.dll msriched.vbx
msstkprp.dll mstext35.dll odbc16gt.dll msxbse35.dll
norweg.trn oc25.dll odbccp32.cpl odbc32.dll
odbc32gt.dll odbcad32.exe odbcinst.hlp odbccp32.dll
odbccr32.dll odbcinst.cnt odbcint.dll odbcjt32.dll
odbcjet.cnt odbcjet.hlp odbcji32.dll odbctrac.dll
odbcjtnw.cnt odbcjtnw.hlp odbctl32.dll odtext32.dll
oddbse32.dll odexl32.dll odfox32.dll riched.dll
pcdlib32.dll picstore.dll pubdlg.dll swedish.trn
sqlsrv32.dll stdole2.tlb vaen2.dll
system.mdw threed16.ocx usascii.trn vbajet32.dll
vaen21.olb vb40016.dll vb4en16.dll wmsui.dll
vbscript.dll ven2232.olb winsspi.dll
Windows\Fonts Folder (optional)
Arialn.ttf Arialnb.ttf Arialnbi.ttf Arialni.ttf
Ariblk.ttf Bookos.ttf Bookosb.ttf Bookosbi.ttf
Bookosi.ttf Bssym1.ttf Bssym2.ttf Bssym3.ttf
Comic.ttf Comicbd.ttf Gara.ttf Garabd.ttf
Garait.ttf Hatten.ttf Impact.ttf Mapsym.ttf
Mtextra.ttf Mtsorts.ttf Outlook.ttf Tahoma.ttf
Boot.ini.lnk Windows\Recent (optional)
Off97pro.stf.lnk Windows\Recent (optional)
Valupk8.hlp.lnk Windows\Recent (optional)
Readme.txt.lnk Windows\Recent (optional)
Wcleanos.ini.lnk Windows\Recent (optional)
My Documents.lnk Windows\Favorites
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
and then select and delete each value that refers to the CD-ROM drive
letter and the Office or OS folders. For example, if your CD-ROM drive is
drive D, delete any value that refers to D:\Office or D:\OS.