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Remove OneDrive 2016 For Business but not Office 2016 Professional Plus - How?

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  • I have been asked to remove OneDrive For Business but not any other part of Office Professional Plus 2016.  OPP has been installed on the Windows 10 and Windows 7 machines but I don't think they used the Office Customization Tool because I can't find an MSP file in the source files folder.

    They are trying to remove ODfB because they want the user to type "OneDrive" at the Start Menu and have it launch Microsoft OneDrive, not ODfB.

    Is it possible to remove OneDrive For Business but leave the Office Profession Plus 2016 installation otherwise intact?  Programs And Features obviously shows only OPP 2016 nothing for ODfB.

    Any tips?  Thanks.

    Friday, November 10, 2017 8:02 PM

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  • If this is for the VL/MSI installation technology, for ProfessionalPlus or Standard products, you can use the customisation methods to change the feature-state of the 'groove' feature.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc178960.aspx#BKMK_UseConfigxml

    something like this: OptionState Id="GrooveFiles" State="absent" Children="force"

    or, you could try the customisation.msp method to reconfigure the existing installation (I've had some success with that to enable/disable Lync/Access)

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    If this is for the SL/C2R installation technology, for ProPlus, you can use the customisation method for ExcludeApp ID="Groove"

    https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Configuration-options-for-the-Office-2016-Deployment-Tool-d3879f0d-766c-469c-9440-0a9a2a905ca8


    Don [doesn't work for MSFT, and they're probably glad about that ;]

    Friday, November 10, 2017 11:52 PM
  • Hi Paratus,

    Please refer to Andy's suggestion to remove OneDrive for Business application from Office 2016.

    If you are using Volume Licensed MSI version of Office 2016 Professional Plus, the client user can also do the following setting to remove OneDrive for Business by themselves:

    Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features, select Office Professional Plus 2016, click Change > Add or Remove Features, click Continue. In the drop-down list for Microsoft OneDrive for Business, select Not Available, Continue


    Regards,

    Winnie Liang


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    Monday, November 13, 2017 10:13 AM
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  • Thanks for the response, Winnie.

    It is not practical for us to have users manually uninstall the Feature themselves.  We will use SCCM for this and need to have it automated for them.  Sorry that I did not explain this in my original post.

    Monday, November 13, 2017 2:06 PM
  • Thanks for the response, Winnie.

    It is not practical for us to have users manually uninstall the Feature themselves.  We will use SCCM for this and need to have it automated for them.  Sorry that I did not explain this in my original post.

    Hi Paratus,

    If you are using Volume Licensed MSI version of Office 2016, we can try to use the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to change users' configurations for the existing Office 2016. 

    For example, to remove OneDrive for Business 2016 from the installation, open OCT for Office 2016, locate Features in the navigation pane, and then choose Set feature installation states. In the details pane, expand Microsoft Office, and use the shortcut menu (right-click) to choose Microsoft OneDrive for Business. Then select Not Available.

    After the configuration, we can save as the customization file to an .msp file. 

    Client users can apply the Setup customization .msp file by double-clicking the .msp file or by running msiexec with the /p option, at a command prompt as shown in the following example:
    msiexec.exe /p \\server\share\custom.msp

    In your scenario, you can use a deployment management program, such as Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, to deploy Setup customization files. For more information about customizing an existing Office installation, please refer to:

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179141.aspx#BKMK_CustomizeExistingInstall

    Hope it helps.


    Regards,

    Winnie Liang


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    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2:59 AM
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