Does office uninstall require any registry entries to manually be deleted

Posted on 2007-10-20
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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Office Service pack 3 is causing problems with our Access database.  There I need to uninstall Office and reinstall it and not apply SP3.  My question is, after I uninstall office do I need to remove any registry entries?


Question by:J.R. Sitman

Accepted Solution

brenkenathan earned 2000 total points
ID: 20116054
This should be the fix

How to correct the problem
There are two methods to correct this problem. You should only need to perform one of the two methods to correct the problem.

Method 1
This method involves removing Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 from your computer. This method does not always work. If it doesn't work, use Method 2 (below) to fix the problem.

Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 cannot be uninstalled. To remove Office 2003 Service Pack 3 you must uninstall and reinstall Microsoft Office 2003 on the affected computer. You must also prevent Service Pack 3 from being installed again by turning off Automatic Updates in Control Panel.

If you do not have Office 2003 installed on the affected computer, you can uninstall and reinstall the Microsoft Access 2003 Runtime provided with Office Tools Pro. The easiest way to do this is to uninstall the Microsoft Office Access 2003 Runtime using Control Panel, and then reinstall the runtime from your Office Tools Pro installation CD.

To reinstall the Microsoft Access 2003 Runtime, locate the AccessRT folder on your installation CD, open it, and double-click the ACCESSRT.MSI file located there. If you no longer have your installation CD, you can download and run the Microsoft Access 2003 Runtime installation by clicking the following link:


Method 2
This method involves switching Office Tools Pro from Microsoft Access 2003 to Microsoft Access XP.
First, you will need to download and run the latest Office Tools Pro update, which is always available on our Downloads, Updates and Utilities page at:


Next, download and run the following file. This file will add a registry entry to your computer that will tell Office Tools Pro to use Microsoft Access XP (2002):


After performing this step, try running Office Tools Pro again. If the problems persist, it will be necessary to install a Microsoft Access 2002 Runtime on your computer. To do this, download and run the following file:


If you installed the Microsoft Access 2002 Runtime, you will also need to install the Office XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Access 2002 Runtime. Instructions for downloading and installing this update are located on the Microsoft web site at:



Author Comment

by:J.R. Sitman
ID: 20116290
Method 1 worked fine.


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