The recent Microsoft Windows updates have been more of a miss than a hit and that has cost several users their personal data files and some programs deletion. Several users have reported that after the updates, Windows 10 deleted Microsoft Office application from their system as seen in the Microsoft Community Forums.

Windows update deleted my MS office software
During one of the last system updates to windows my MS Office programs seem to have been deleted, How do I restore them?

Follow these troubleshooting tips to fix Windows 10 deleted Microsoft Office issue on your system.

How do I retrieve deleted Microsoft Office?

1. Repair Microsoft Office App

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type Winword and press OK. This should open the Word app if it is not deleted or corrupted. If that does not open the Word app, do the following.
  3. Press Windows Key + R.
  4. Type control and press OK to open Control Panel.
  5. In the Control Panel, go to Programs > Programs and Features. 
  6. Look for the Microsoft Office App and select it.
  7. Click on the Change option at the top.
    Repair Microsoft Office
  8. This will open the Microsoft Office Repair wizard.
  9. Here you will have two repair options “Quick Repair” and “Online Repair“.
    Quick Repair – First select this option and click on the Repair button. This will fix most of the issue quickly without requiring an internet connection.
    Online Repair – If Quick Repair did not work, try this option. It can fix all the issues but takes a little while to complete. It also requires you to have an internet connection.
  10. Select the option given above and click on the Repair button. Follow the on-screen instructions to fix any issues with your Microsoft Office program.
  11. Once the repair is complete, reboot your computer.
  12. If the repair was successful, you should be able to open your Word app now. Press Windows Key + R, type winword and press OK  to check.

Learn here how to completely remove Microsoft Office in order to perform a clean reinstall


2. Perform a System Restore

  1. Type Restore in the search box and click on Create a Restore Point option.
  2. In the System Properties window, click on the System Protection tab.
  3. Next, click on the System Restore button.
  4. Click Next. Click on Show more restore points. 
  5. Select the one that was created just before the update and click on Next.
  6. Read the description and click on the Finish button.
  7. Wait for the Windows 10 to restore your system to the earlier point where it was working without any issues.
  8. After the restart, check if you are able to access the Microsoft Office app.

3. Roll Back Windows 10 Build

  1. Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  2. Go to “Update and Security“.
  3. Click the Recovery tab.
  4. Under “Go back to an earlier build” section, click on “Get Started” button.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions and you should be able to restore back to the old build and get your Office App and other files back as well.

Note: The Roll Back option will be only available for 10 days after the build was installed.

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