Force remove Microsoft Office 2010

Issue

A very old and slow HP Windows 7 laptop with MS Office 365 and MS Office 2010 installed. Office 2010 is interfering with some Outlook 365 plugins that user requires so needs to be removed. Normal uninstall fails with error 1402 (in French) about permission issues on some registry entries.

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Initially, I tried to resolve the issue by fixing permissions for the offending registry keys and re-running the uninstaller. Every time it would go a bit further and fail on different registry keys. Because of the slowness of the PC in question, every attempt to uninstall and then roll back the changes was taking at least 30 minutes so it wasn't a practical solution.

Resolution

I started looking into ways to force-remove MS Office 2010. There seem to have been some tools available on Microsoft support sites, but they were all now linking to non existing pages... After a bit more Google-fu I came across this page, where the author was sharing a VBScript received from Microsoft support rep that manually removes Office 2010 (2007 version is also available). I had to run it from an elevated command prompt and it did the job beautifully. The whole process took an hour or so on this dreadful machine, but you don't have to sit and watch - after answering a single question at the very beginning, the rest of the process runs fully unattended.

Office 2010 Removal Utility

Just in case the original page becomes unavailable, you can download the scripts from here.

Windows 7 SP1
Microsoft Office 2010

Rename iPhone .mov videos to date and time taken

I normally use the excellent ReNamer tool to rename .mts video files shot on Sony DSRL to date/time shot (i.e. 2020-11-29 14.30.28.MTS). All it takes is set the filename to ":File_DateModified:". This, unfortunately, doesn't work for QuickTime .mov videos shot with iPhone XR. Date Modified for these files is all over the place. It seems that QuickTime encoder saves proper date/time taken in "Media Created" property.

mov file properties

I couldn't find how to extract this data using ReNamer. Luckily, after a bit of experimenting, I found a quick way to do the job using another great tool - ExifTool.

Adobe Reader - Please wait while the document is being prepared for

Issue

Adobe Reader XI takes a long time to open some PDF documents. When opening an affected document, the following modal message box pops up and the user has to wait until all pages are processed. 

Please wait while the document is being prepared for

Content Premaration Progress
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Status: Processing page 6 of 18...

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