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      • #2363176
        AskWoody Plus

        Dell shipped my system with a pre-installed Office 30 day Trial.  There is no entry for Office and its constituent applications in Control Panel’s Programs and Features.  Entries for “Office” and “Microsoft Office Desktop Apps” apps are enumerated in Settings->Apps->Apps & Features.  From Dell’s documentation at it seems that the Office Trial was installed from the Microsoft Store.

        I use my system with a local account and do not have a Microsoft Store account nor do I intend to obtain one.  I have never attempted to start or activate any of the Office apps.

        Since I do not have a Microsoft Store Account I am concerned that attempting to uninstall the Office Trial may create more problems than just leaving them alone.

        Am I just being overly cautious?


        • This topic was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by EricB.
      • #2363194
        AskWoody MVP

        Yes. I don’t see how uninstalling them could cause any problems.

        Windows 10 Pro version 21H1 build 19043.1052 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

      • #2363195
        AskWoody Plus

        See if this works for you
        settings > system > notifications & actions > scroll down to Microsoft Store > turn it off
        I’m not sure, but if it doesn’t work within the 30-day free trial period, try it afterward.

        About being overly cautious, I’m not overly cautious but I don’t want to be nagged as time goes on since I don’t need the Microsoft Store on my Dell PC.

        HP EliteBook 8540w laptop Windows 10 Pro (x64)

      • #2363320
        AskWoody Plus

        I build my own desktops and so do not use a vendor supplied installation of Win10 (Pro).  I download the ISOs directly from Microsoft.  I have observed that Microsoft provides trial links to Office as part of Windows installations.  I doubt that what you have is something Dell customized.

        I’ve uninstalled in Apps & Features every reference to Office before installing my perpetual license for Office and never found any consequences.

        • #2363339
          AskWoody Plus

          The Microsoft Office 30 day Trial was definitely preinstalled by Dell.  It appears as a line item on the Dell invoice.

      • #2363591
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        I removed it from my new Dell a few days ago, along with mcafee. No issues.

        cheers, Paul

        • #2363743
          AskWoody MVP

          I had those on my Dell G3 (which came with Windows 10) also when it was new,and I removed them with no issues. Windows still worked fine.

          That’s one neat thing with my new XPS. There (apparently) is no Linux bloatware, so nothing to remove. Of course, that didn’t mean I left Ubuntu (with GNOME) on there… soon as I learned all I needed to about the default installation, out it went.

          There are two Dell programs preinstalled on Linux. One is a support assistant thing, and the other is a rescue media builder, which builds an Ubuntu reinstaller from the recovery partition, much as it would be with a Windows system. That and some custom drivers were all that I saw that was not standard Ubuntu stuff.

          I had read years ago about some other Dell, where people had been begging Dell to have a Linux OEM version without Windows, and when it came, they were shocked that it cost more, not less. But Linux is free, and Windows costs Dell money! How could it be?

          Apparently, the bloatware like McAfee and such subsidized the cost of Windows, and part of the cost of the hardware. With no bloatware, there was no subsidy.

          Or maybe they just thought it would cost them more to support it, with most of their tech force geared toward Windows.

          My model (“Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition”) did not come with a Windows option, so I can’t compare directly what it would have been with Windows. This one has the i5 with 16 GB of RAM, and the Windows version I saw didn’t offer that combo… to get 16 GB, you had to upgrade to the i7, for another $200.

          Group "L" (KDE Neon Linux 5.22.0 User Edition)

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