I have a new PC with Vista on it. I have installed MS Office 2003. I
do not want to use Outlook. I’d rather use Windows mail which came on
the PC. How do I uninstall just the Outlook program? When I go to
add/remove programs I have to delete the whole MS Office edition.
Actually it is a tad confusing, I agree. We tend to think of Outlook
as a standalone program, and as such would expect to find it listed
individually in Add/Remove.
The problem is, from Office Setup’s point of view, it’s not a
It’s a feature.
I’ll be mixing Office 2007 and Office 2003 here, but the concepts apply to both.
The short version is that Outlook is considered a “feature” of the larger Microsoft Office package. That means that in order to uninstall it, we’ll Change the configuration of Office.
In Vista, that means in Control Panel, Programs and Features, we locate and right click on Microsoft Office’s entry:
Note that one of the options is to Change the installation. Click on that.
Microsoft Office setup will run, and offer you this choice:
Make sure that Add or Remove Features is selected, and press Next:
At this point you’ll see all the major components (or “features”) of Microsoft Office listed, with checkboxes indicating which are currently installed. To remove one, simply clear its checkbox, and press Next. That should remove that component.
I’ll also leave you with this thought: consider not uninstalling it at all. Outlook in particular is benign – it doesn’t do anything except take up some disk space unless you actually use it. In the grand scheme of things, it might be simpler to just let sleeping programs … er, features … lie.