Today I had a computer brought in where some basement Craigs list technician had installed a hacked version of Microsoft Office on a womans computer and she was getting a error message saying it was not genuine. She brought it in to me along with a fresh new copy she had purchased and asked me to install it. I tried to install it over the hacked copy but I kept getting all kinds of install errors in Spanish or Portuguese or some thing. I then tried to remove the hacked copy and got the same errors along with some that said “Your computer does not support the language of the uninstaller”. After a frustrated morning I found a tool which removes all traces of Office 2007 from the registry and makes it possible to delete the folder afterwards or use a 3rd party uninstaller program.
After I completed the following steps I was able to properly install the legitimate version:
Log on to your machine as a Administrator
Download this tool and unzip it on the computer you want to uninstall office 2007 from
Double click the file called Unistall.exe
Follow the steps to uninstall and the tool will do all the rest removing all the registry entries for office 2007
Once this is completed You can safely delete the office folder to fully remove the program
Reboot and install your legitimate copy of Office 2007 and every thing should work fine.
Here is a picture of the tool being used on a XP machine: