Office 2007 comes with a utility named Groove and I assume you already know that because you’re reading this guide. Learn how to remove it below.
I have no need for Groove, which syncs your documents for collaboration with others. If you have no need for this, you can do either of the following: remove Groove completely or remove references to the groove in Windows Explorer.
Note: This procedure is outlined in Vista but works in XP too.
Completely Remove Groove from Your System
To remove groove from your system, do the following:
- Press the Start button, type Control, and click on Control Panel
- Click on Uninstall a program
- Select Microsoft Office and click Change
- Ensure Add or Remove Features is selected and press Continue
- Click Microsoft Office Groove and select Not Available
- Click Continue and wait for Groove to uninstall
Remove Reference to Groove in Windows Explorer
If you would like to keep Office Groove, but remove references in Windows Explorer, do the following:
Locate the following Registry keys and delete them to remove the Groove Folder Synchronization entries:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX
This will remove the entries from the context menu but will not uninstall Microsoft Office Groove.