Cannot uninstall trial version of Office: Mac 2008

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Florissi, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. Florissi macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2010
    Followed all instructions, trail version detected but after a few minutes the message "cannot uninstall: you are probably not logged in as administrator"

    Fact is that I AM the administrator, actually I am the only user of this iMac...

    Can anyone help? I just bought a full boxed business version of Office and I cannot install it before removing the trial version.:mad:
  2. unixperience macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    try getting a uninstall program. I use AppCleaner, it's completely free which is always a plus, and works great.
    It get's rid of the app, and associated files (plist, xml, etc) Maybe give that a go see how it works
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    AppCleaner is actually one of the least effective app removers:

    Best way to FULLY DELETE a program?
  4. Florissi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2010
    Thanks Unixperience and GGJstudios

    Actually, later on I realized that DESPITE saying that it could not remove the trial version, it actually DID remove it, it's just not there anymore...

    Funny, I've always been told that I would never see such weird behavior once I left the Bill Gates' realm... :confused:

    I'll try installing the boxed version now (should I try to cleanup with one of these applications before?), I'll cry for help again if it doesn't work.

    Thanks for your prompt help.:cool:
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Technically you were still impacted by Bill Gates realm ;). That uninstaller is a Microsoft product not an apple product. Many OSX programs only need to be dragged to the trash to uninstall. MS decided to go the installer route and of course the uninstaller. Don't blame apple for MS's buggy weird behavior
  6. Florissi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2010
    You've got a point there! :)

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