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My Windows 7 system came with "trial" versions of Office (2007) installed. I removed them (with add/remove programs). However, whenever I run Windows Update it still shows updates needed for those Office products. Why? What do I do to stop this?

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My guess is, you need to get MS Office (any version), and install it. [I'm assuming you're using OpenOffice. Or something else? If you're already using MSOffice, which version of MSOffice?]

You can ignore the errors by "hiding the updates".

You can do this by right-clicking the update, and then clicking "Hide Update".

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As you guessed, I'm using OpenOffice; OO is more than adequate for my needs, so I don't want to get MS-Office, so installing it is an undesirable (and expensive, IMO) solution. I had already considered hiding the updates, but figured that future Office updates would just have to be hidden also, and I want to avoid that ongoing cycle. – GreenMatt Jan 13 '11 at 14:37

Try resetting Windows update

http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vistawu/thread/0c631521-768b-4057-982c-c7108bdadeb3

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Unfortunately, this was no help. :-( – GreenMatt Jan 16 '11 at 5:29

It's possible that the trial left some registry keys, etc which could be telling windows to look for updates.

I did find this online (has instructions and a app to download)

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/01/03/microsoft-office-2007-complete-registry-removal-and-deletion-uninstaller/

Which looks like it could weed them out. I haven't personally tried it, as I have - and use - Office (so don't want to go through removing and installing it).

The other option is to just hide the updates as recommended by Muntoo.

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According to the write up about it, the script is made for use only when you want to re-install Office, so it's not useful in my situation. – GreenMatt Jan 16 '11 at 5:28
    
But it could get rid of the traces of it you need gone... Just don't follow the steps to re-install it. – Windos Jan 18 '11 at 20:12

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