How to Uninstall/Disable Microsoft Office Click-to-Run

Simple way of disabling Microsoft Office click to run

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  • If you uninstall Office Click-to-Run on Windows 10 you will lose its streaming and virtualization technology used for quick installation the Office products.
  • You may also disable the Microsoft Office Click-to-Run software from the Services option.
  • A great way of uninstalling Office Click-to-Run is by using a third-party uninstaller.
How to uninstall Click to Run

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Click-to-Run is a Microsoft streaming and virtualization technology that helps you to reduce the time required to install Office on Windows 10.

Basically, you can begin using an Office product before the whole product is installed on your computer.

Also, your Microsoft Office updates faster, and the programs installed with Click-and-Run are virtualized, so they do not conflict with other applications.

Still, if Office Click-to-Run does not meet your needs and you want to uninstall it, please follow the steps described below.

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Why do I need to uninstall Office Click-to-Run?

The problem arises when you are trying to install a 64-bit version of Office. If Click-to-Run is installed, you won’t be able to do that.

That is why you need to first uninstall Click-to-Run and then install Office as suggested by our solutions below.

But first of all, you should check whether the Office Click-to-Run is installed on your system. In order to do that, click on the File menu.

Then, click Help and search for the Click-to-Run updates. If you are able to see this option, then it is installed on your computer.

How can I remove Office Click-to-Run?

1. Disable Click-to-Run from Services

  1. Press the Windows + R keyboard hotkey to launch the Run application.
  2. Type services.msc and press services.msc
  3. Right-click on Microsoft Office Click-to-Run service and select to run services properties
  4. In the General tab, go to Startup type, pull down the menu and select Disable.
  5. Click OK and restart your computer.

3. Uninstall Click-to-Run from Control Panel

  1. Type control in Windows search and click on Control Panel from the results.
  2. Click on the Programs and features item.
  3. Click on Uninstall or change a program.
  4. In the list of installed programs, click on Microsoft Office
  5. Click on Uninstall.
  6. Click YES when you are prompted to remove all applications that were installed by Click-to-Run.

3. Try using a third-party uninstaller

It’s quick, easy, and simple to disable remove Office Click-to-Run on Windows 10 when using a third-party uninstaller tool.

The utility will practically take control over the uninstall process, removing what any other official uninstaller misses from the start.

After you have finished the uninstall with the built-in uninstaller from Windows 10, you can continue the process with a dedicated third-party uninstaller software.

A third-party uninstaller will scan your PC for any leftovers and will provide a report so you will know exactly what files were still on your system after the regular uninstall.

Usually, this kind of software is needed only for uninstalling stubborn software that is hard to get rid of through normal methods and can also help you keep your system in shape.

You can give IObit Uninstaller a try as it is the exact kind of tool we mentioned above and can help you erase unwanted or stubborn programs with all their associated files.

It will scan and display logged applications, folders, registries, or any other leftovers to quickly perform a cleanup process by removing all these files and further improving your PC’s health.

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4. Download the Office version that is not Click-to-Run

  1. Visit the site where you purchased Office and sign in by using your Live ID.
  2. Click My account at the top of the home page to access your Office downloads.
  3. Click download for the suite you purchased and then click Advanced Options under Download now.
  4. A version of Office is listed that is not an Office Click-to-Run product and does not require the Q: drive to be available.

This is a simple way to get rid of the Click-to-Run problem, so make sure to try it.

Since Click-to-Run provides updates to the Office suite and is an important component of Microsoft Office, it is not advisable to uninstall it.

If you want to get it back, here is the complete guide on how to download Office. However, if you still have your reasons to do that, we hope that you will find useful the solutions described above.

Keep in mind, though, that you should always have your software updated, as many of the updates include security patches that are very important to keep your data safe.

Also, the above solutions are recommended for all those times when facing these challenges:

  • Disable Office Click-to-Run 2016 – The above guide includes several solutions that could possibly fix this issue. Disabling Click-to-Run from Services or Control Panel is a quick tip to take into consideration;
  • Uninstall Microsoft Office Click-to-Run 2010 – To uninstall Microsoft Office Click-to-Run 2010 from your PC, you can either use the old-fashioned ways or use uninstaller software.

Are things any better now? Do give these fixes a try and let us know which one worked for you in the comments section below.

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