Office update irritant

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by davidra, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. davidra macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    Every time I have to update my Office suite, I have to open the activity monitor and manually force quit three programs: SyncServicesAgent, Microsoft Database Daemon, and Microsoft Autoupdate. Am I missing some way to avoid having to do that, or is that just something Microsoft does to piss us off?
  2. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    The Microsoft updater offers to close all applications before it will allow the update to proceed. Have you tried doing it that way? I have never had to manually force quit anything when applying updates from MS.
  3. davidra thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    When I just allow the program to shut them, it doesn't....and I have to do it manually....
  4. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Must be something in your MS install.
    Updates for me don't require any manual "tricks", just quitting any open Office apps.

    But, I also experience a slow deterioration of performance in Office apps, particularly PowerPoint (my main use) about once a year. Just slows down a little, with minor glitches.
    Deleting the Office folder, then reinstalling from original installer, doing the latest update, helps bring back Office to its usual "glory".
    I wouldn't take it personally - it's just typical Microsoft "treating" you with its own unequaled style. :D
    Try the uninstall/reinstall. Works for me! I don't even touch settings .plists or extensively "uninstall" from the various locations. Just delete the Office folder from Applications, and reinstall from original media. Only takes a few minutes (less than 10 minutes, IIRC, including updates.)
  5. davidra thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011

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