Few days back Microsoft has released Consumer Preview of Office 2013 for public testing and if you don’t know- Office 2013 or office 15 can be installed along with other Office product on your Computer like Office 2003 or Office 2007 or Office 2010, if you want to uninstall Office 2013 after testing it is as easy as uninstalling from Programs and Features in Windows 7/8 but you need to complete one more step before that, that is you need to deactivate it. You will know the reason for office deactivation below and let us see how we can uninstall Office 2013 after deactivation.
Why we need to deactivate Office 2013 before its uninstallation?
If you ask reason for office deactivation -Microsoft allowed single user to install their Office 15 preview up to on 5 machines, as we’ve installed the program from office website online by signing with Microsoft account or Hotmail account, we need to deactivate it from there before uninstallation by signing again.
To deactivate Office 2013 visit http://www.office.com/myaccount in your browser, after signing in the page shows number of office installations you’ve done on PCs and how many installs remaining for you( since I’ve installed Office on my single PC for one time, that’s why it is showing available installs as 4 of 5). All you need to do now is click on Deactivate button and further click “ok” to dialog displayed on screen.
Its true that deactivating office doesn’t remove office from our Computers as confirm dialog tells you. What deactivation does is makes all you Office 2013 applications and files as read-only means you can not create, edit and save the documents now.
Uninstalling Office 2013
From Control Panel>Programs and Features> Select Office 365 Home Premium Preview and click Uninstall button,
Restart your Computer once uninstallation is completed (even Windows here doesn’t prompts for a quick restart).
Repair Previous version of Office installed on your Computer
You should remember that this uninstallation makes your office applications installed before not working as before, to fix them you need to repair those office application from Control Panel.
What to do if Office 2013 uninstallation fails?
If you’re unable to uninstall Office 2013 from your Computer or if you encounter errors during its uninstallation you need to either reinstall it to uninstall it properly or delete Office folder and related files and wipe office files using registry cleaner, since its a pre-release software you can’t a expect a Fix it tool from Microsoft.