- Now On the Options menu, click. Preferences, and then click the Optionstab.
- 2. And Click to clear the Launch Groove when Windows starts up check box.
Windows 10 : How to Start or Stop Microsoft Office Groove Audit Service
Answer: Disable the Microsoft Office Groove application in Group Policy Editor.
To disable this applet, perform the following steps:
Click Start -> Run Type gpedit.msc Choose Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Microsoft Office -> Outlook Personal Settings In right pane, double-click Prevent automatic display of Microsoft Office Groove Click Enable and click OK
If you want to enable it again, follow above steps again and choose Not Configured option instead of Enabled.”
Microsoft has put out a KB article pertaining to “Office Communicator 2007” that never mentions exactly what is being disabled or configured when using GPEDIT.MSC : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935583/?wa=wsignin1.0
I found the answer to this question in a Microsoft Office document entitled “Migrating from Groove 2007” available here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=BE8724D4-CDB6-4F94-91A8-36CFAE1708C9
By default, Outlook will automatically open when you start an instant messaging conversation with another user in a supported IM protocol (including Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger). If you want to disable this feature, follow these steps:
• Click Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 > Outlook Tools > Account Settings > More Items > Disable Instant Messenger.
• Click Yes when prompted.
For more information, please refer to the Microsoft Office Online help documentation at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA011079001.aspx
At this point in time, I would imagine that “Disable Instant Messenger” is another editing of an entry in a registry key called Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common , but that’s all it says in the article and there are no instructions on how to actually go about doing it if you don’t happen already know how (or even if you do). Plus, just reading through the document turns up some other interesting tidbits:
“If your users are using a desktop computer, you can prevent Office Communicator 2007 from appearing by disabling the Microsoft Office Groove application in Group Policy Editor. For more information about this setting, see “Use Group Policy to disable the automatic display of Microsoft Office Groove” later in this article.”
How to remove Microsoft Groove
Looks like it’s not just using GPEDIT.MSC that will work here if I wanted to force Outlook to open rather than Groove – and also sounds like there are two (at least) separate settings for forcing one or the other program to launch instead! However, if I’m reading through the document correctly, then what appears as an option on a Windows Vista/7 box is only available on XP SP2 machines. And why would I want to use Group Policy to force Groove (or Outlook) to open? Well, let’s look at the second option here:
“If your users are using a computer running Windows Vista or Windows 7 you can prevent Office Communicator 2007 from appearing by changing the value of this registry key. For more information about how to change this setting, see “Configure Office Communicator 2007 settings” later in this article.”
“The following is an example of what happens when you open an IM conversation with another user in a supported IM protocol and then click Preferences in the message window:
This example shows the user clicking OK after moving the Microsoft Office Groove application icon on their desktop so that it no longer appears next to their other. Office 2007 icons.
Use Group Policy to disable the automatic display of Microsoft Office Groove
If your users are using a desktop computer running Windows XP, you can prevent Office Communicator 2007 from appearing by disabling the Microsoft Office Groove application in Group Policy Editor. To do this:
• Click Start > Run.
• Type gpedit.msc and then click OK.”
For more information on how to configure policy settings, please see Help and Support Center for Windows Vista at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=92477 or Use Group Policy Editor in Windows 7 at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=133357 .”
So, it sounds like there are actually two (at least) different ways to do this, but the Microsoft documentation is not very helpful on explaining what either of these involves or how you would do it specifically. Instead, they just give a link to some other (vaguely documented) product that doesn’t even have anything to do with Outlook but rather Groove and provides only vague instructions on how to use one method for both versions of Vista/7:
“To disable the automatic display of Groove, follow these steps:
1. Click Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off.
2. Under Windows Features, clear the check box next to Microsoft Office Groove.”
“To configure the Registry, follow these steps:
1. Click Start > Run.
2. Type regedit in the Open box and then click OK.”
Note that this only “turns off” Groove – Outlook can still be set to open by default but any user can always go through all of their usual routines to get Groove, if they wanted it, rather than being forced into using it whether they liked it or not. Well, there you have it! Just two methods for disabling IM from popping up on your users’ screens while leaving Outlook intact as an option for them to use should they want to; each having its own sets of pros/cons depending upon what XP version your users are on or what preferences they have set for themselves.
That said, I will be the first to admit that figuring out how to do this was a bit of a pain since (at least on my version of Windows 7) there is no way within the Group Policy interface itself to get more information about how these settings differ between XP and Vista/7 platforms. Instead, you just have to remember: if you’re using XP SP2, then use this procedure… but if your users are on Vista or Windows 7, then try option #1 listed above! )
And if anyone can recommend an even easier method for forcing Outlook instead of Groove to open in their organization (rather than disabling Groove altogether), please share away in comments!
-Noel So recently I’ve been working on a customer project that included migrating some users from an older Windows XP installation to a new, more secure Windows 7 configuration. In the process, we also wanted to improve their overall desktop experience by moving them away from Outlook as their primary email client and towards Groove’s native email functionality built into Office 2007/2010 (we also got them all using Lync instead of Skype for Business). Our reason for making this move was that, while Outlook has worked well for our other users in the past because it is pretty straightforward and non-intrusive in terms of system resources required, we were getting worried about some of the stories we’d heard lately about malware doing weird things with people’s Outlook data to enable some pretty serious phishing attacks – sending out random, convincing looking emails that captured the exact name and email address of all recipients as well as their current location/time zone. Unable to find any solid information about whether Outlook’s recent security issues were primarily limited to POP3 or IMAP users versus those who use Exchange, we decided it was best for everyone (security-wise) if we got them all using Groove rather than relying on email clients provided by outside vendors.
1.Now On the Options menu, click. Preferences, and then click the Optionstab.
2.And Click to clear the Launch Groove when Windows starts up check box.
Select Start – Run. Type regedit and click OK to open the registry.On the left hand pane, expand and locate the following entries. Delete each of them.
3.Under Apps and features, locate Groove Music.
4.Select it and click on the Uninstall button.
5.The app will be uninstalled.