Removing Office 2013 Quietly

We bought a company that had all kinds of versions of Office 2013 installed…that is it could be Office 2013 Standard, Professional, x64 or x86 versions of these two.  Our corporate standard is Office 2010 Professional Plus x86 for various reasons I won’t bore you with.  Using the program ManagePC, I found this uninstall string remotely:

"C:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\office15\office setup controller\setup.exe" /uninstall STANDARD /dll OSETUP.DLL"

Upon running this, I was getting a GUI dialog box asking “do you really want to uninstall?”.  Grr!  The only way to do this is with an XML file.  Example:

<Configuration Product="Standard">

<Display Level="none" CompletionNotice="no" SuppressModal="yes" AcceptEula="yes" />

</Configuration>

So the new command line becomes:

"C:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\office15\office setup controller\setup.exe" /uninstall STANDARD /dll OSETUP.DLL /config \<path_to_file>SilentUninstallConfigStd.xml

However, there could be 4 variations…how to handle this?  Well, I cheated.  We try all four.  3 will fail, 1 will succeed.  So we set the exit code to 0 so SCCM doesn’t see a failure:

"C:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\office15\office setup controller\setup.exe" /uninstall STANDARD /dll OSETUP.DLL /config \<path_to_file>SilentUninstallConfigStd.xml

"C:\program files (x86)\common files\microsoft shared\office15\office setup controller\setup.exe" /uninstall STANDARD /dll OSETUP.DLL /config \<path_to_file>SilentUninstallConfigStd.xml

"C:\program filescommon filesmicrosoft sharedoffice15office setup controller\setup.exe" /uninstall PROPLUS /dll OSETUP.DLL /config \<path_to_file>SilentUninstallConfigProplus.xml

"C:\program files(x86)\common files\microsoft shared\office15\office setup controller\setup.exe" /uninstall PROPLUS /dll OSETUP.DLL /config \<path_to_file>SilentUninstallConfigProPlus.xml

echo %errorlevel%
exit 0

Yes this is a dirty, sloppy, rotten hack!  If the Office 2013 uninstall fails, SCCM won’t know about it and will report success.   I had to go back and setup each Outlook profile again anyways, so this wasn’t a really big deal to me.

– Soli Deo Gloria

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