The recent 12.2.7 update is a good reminder that you need to be prepared if an update causes issues on your computer. Neither Microsoft or Apple include an an uninstall feature for updates. These are the instructions included in every Microsoft updater:
To remove this update
This update does not include an uninstall feature. To restore your application to its original state, delete it from your hard disk, reinstall it from your original installation disk, and then install the updates that you want.
This is not a quick process. There are ways to revert easily, if you plan.
Revert to previous version
Option 2: Archive (zip) your Office folder.
To compress files and folders:
- Select the item or items you want to compress.
- Choose File > Compress.
Easy to delete the bad updated Microsoft Office folder and revert to the archived copy.
Usually, you can just replace the Microsoft Office folder in Applications, but with the 12.2.7 updater the Microsoft AutoUpdater seems to be affected and needs to be replaced as well. When replacing be sure all Microsoft applications are quit including the Microsoft Database daemon and Notifications.
If you select to re-install, you need the link for the 12.2.6 updater that’s no longer available in the Microsoft AutoUpdater or easily found on Mactopia downloads. (they have moved the link again. I’ll try to find another link to download. In the mean time they are still posting 12.2.0 you can use to upgrade)
- Any update can cause problems. Have a backup before updating!
- Read the directions before updating.
- Quit all applications before updating major applications like Microsoft and Adobe and restart for best results.
- Don’t run an updater while traveling unless you have access to a backup.