Office Web Apps Uninstall Issues


When you install Office Web Apps to your environment, it becomes highly integrated  with your SharePoint. You have to be obey some important rules if you want to uninstall one of these coupled components, Office Web Apps and SharePoint.

  • After you unistalled Office Web Apps from the Control Panel, you might get an error that Office Web Apps has already been uninstalled.
  • If you uninstall SharePoint 2010 before uninstalling Office Web Apps and try to reinstall SharePoint 2010, you will get an error that there is a conflict with SharePoint 2010 on the same server.

To resolve these issues, please read “You cannot use ‘Programs and Features’ in Control Panel to remove Office Web Apps from a Windows Server 2008-based computer“.

When you uninstall Office Web Apps from a SharePoint 2010 Products server that is part of a farm, the following occurs:

  • All sites, including the Central Administration site, experience a loss in functionality until you have completely uninstalled Office Web Apps and then run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard on all servers in the farm
  • All Internet Information Services (IIS) Web applications and sites are removed from the server
  • The server is removed from the farm
  • Any customizations that you have made are removed and must be reapplied after you add the servers back to the farm. These customizations include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Changes to the web.config file on Web front-end servers
    • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates that were added to Web front-end servers
    • Any features that you have deployed manually

It’s much better to deactivate Office Web Apps instead of uninstalling it. You can find detailed information about deactivating Office Web Apps in the article “Deactivate or Uninstall Office Web Apps (installed on SharePoint 2010 Products)

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