How to Uninstall or Disable Lync in Windows 7 / 8 / 10

I sense a situation where you have Microsoft Office 365 Professional or Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 or 2013 edition and because of that you also have Lync installed in your computer. Now you’re into a situation where you need to join a meeting at home or some place outside, but since you’re not at office network, you cannot join a meeting using Lync Software or you never use it for meeting. And whenever you hit a meeting url, Lync captures it and then you’re unable to join the meeting because of obvious reasons. Since Lync comes in a non-separable package, you cannot get rid of it either. So, let’s find out how to disable or uninstall Lync completely.

How to Uninstall or Disable Lync in Windows 7 / 8 / 10

Solution 1

First let’s try the way where you may don’t get into the hassle of uninstalling Lync completely from your computer as you might be requiring that at office. So, for stopping Lync for capturing your meeting links, you can force the browser to open the link in browser itself. For doing so, copy your meeting link from the source you have and paste it in address bar of browser and at the end of url, manually add

?sl=1

to it and press enter. Now Lync will not be able to capture the meeting link.

Solution 2

Disable the Lync for Starup

For disabling Lync to startup at windows boot, you need to do 2 things:

Open Task Manager > Startup Tab

Locate Microsoft Lync > Right Click > Disable

Now Open Lync > Open Lync Options > Personal Page

Set Lync to not start with Windows.

Solution 3 (Removing Lync Completely)

Since you came searching for this solution, so i assume that you don’t have the option of removing the Lync from Add-remove programs. That’s because Lync is a part of Microsoft Office Processional Plus package. And hence cannot be removed individually.

Still Give you Luck a Try:

Open Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.

Locate Office 365 or the Office Version or Edition you have.

If you’re on Windows 7 or 8, right click on it and select Change.

When Office Setup dialog box opens, click Add or Remove Features and click Next.

Click Custom Installation Options.

Click on plus sign (+) to expand all available options with Microsoft office installation.

installation-options

Click on drop down arrow of Microsoft Lync and select Not Available.

Click Install Now and continue with the installation. This shall only remove Microsoft Lync and leave other programs as it is.

If you’re using Windows 10, then the only option you get is of Uninstall. Hence Solution 4 is for you guys.

Solution 4

If above solution is not applicable for you, as i assume for most of you, it won’t be. Then it’s easy to assume that you installed Microsoft Office 2013 Professional plus using Click2run setup which install the office in background. So you don’t get to choose or customize any option during Office installation.

Hence, the only solution you’re left with is to get the offline installer of Microsoft Office Professional Plus. Microsoft offers all Office 365 and Office Professional Plus users, an offline installer too, but added few steps to get access of download link of it.

To download Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office 365 offline installer, go to this link at Microsoft office website. Login with your account (that account with which your office license is associated) and you’ll be redirected to “My Office Account” page. (Screenshots given below are from Office 365 Personal account)

Click – Install

Install office 365 Personal

On next page, click Language and Install Options

Language and install options

Choose your preferred language, i chose English. I am not sure, if offline installer would be available for other languages. You can check and verify.

Select Language from drop down menu and then click Additional Install Options.

Additional install options

Now Click Download Offline Installer.

Download Offline 365 Installer

This shall start downloading of an .img file which would be complete offline installer of Office Professional Plus.

Upon complete download, run the installer and customize the installation by following the steps i explained above in Solution 3.

Do let me know in comments if this work around worked for you or not?

1 COMMENT

  1. I tried step 4, but it says my account is not associated with any purchase. If I got Office free from school, can I not modify what programs come with it?

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