Remove Office 2007 as if it has never existed

Posted on 2011-05-12
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Is there a way to remove Office from a system as if it has never been installed?  When I uninstall and install, the settings are kept and I think it is those settings that are causing my issue with Outlook using POP3 email.  It is exceptionally slow starting and we constantly get messages stating "Cannot start processing services.  There is not enough free memory to run this program.  Quit one or more programs, and then try again."  This is an Alienware Aurora system with 8G RAM and 640G HDD and practically no background programs running.  The .pst was initially 10G and we archived and it is now 4.7.  Either way, this shouldn't be an issue in 2007.  Any ideas?  I've even disabled several add-ins.  

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Question by:rexxnet
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    by:Chris Millard
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    This is possible, however when it's a microsoft product (especially office) i am not sure it will be that easy.

    Start by getting Ccleaner (which is pretty good at this, since it has autodetection for many programs)
    from here:

    Uninstall office using Ccleaner and then run a clean on files and on registry after that.

    Now here comes the  part that can get tricky if not done properly, and that is the deletion of registry keys. The registry db is a place where softwares stores their settings and more.

    A google search got me to microsofts page about resetting office in registry.

    Please be careful not to delete anything importnant, as it could affect your machine. Be sure to read and research about it before deleting.

    To enter the registry:

    start + R > regedit

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    1) I see you have a NORTON ANTI-SPAM folder... Running NORTON?   GET RID OF THAT POS!

    2) Just because you archived your PST doesn't mean it isn't still slowing you down!  If it is accessible, it while try to access it!   Archive it and put it someplace else OFFLINE!

    3) Take your remaining 5GB PST file and split it into pieces of no more than 1-2GB EACH...
    Then make sure you compress them and dump the deadwood...

    Watch how much your speed picks up!

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