How to Uninstall Skype for Business on Windows 10

By | March 13, 2022

Learn how to remove Skype for Business from your computer.

Skype for Business is a powerful enterprise video and messaging tool developed by Microsoft. That said, it’s possible that your company is now using alternatives like Zoom or Microsoft Teams, and you’d like to uninstall Skype for Business.

If so, we are here to help. You might find it a bit harder to uninstall it than other software, so we are going to show you all the ways to uninstall Skype for Business on Windows 10.

How to Stop Skype for Business Starting Automatically

Are you sure you want to completely uninstall Skype for Business? If you may use it again in the future, you may prefer to stop the program from opening automatically when you enter Windows.

To do this:

  • Open Skype for Business.
  • Click icon gears (if you clicked on the dropdown menu, click Tools > Options).
  • Click Personal.
  • Uncheck Automatically start the app when I log on to Windows.
  • Click OK.

Now you need to open Skype for Business manually every time you want to use it.

Do You Have Permission to Uninstall Skype for Business

Skype for Business is primarily an enterprise program, so it’s likely installed on your work computer.

If so, you may not have the ability to uninstall Skype for Business. Your system administrator may restrict your user account from performing certain actions; uninstalling Skype for Business might be one of them.

Even if your account has no restrictions, we recommend checking with your IT administrator before uninstalling Skype for Business. Doing so can give them a headache.

Uninstall Skype for Business Via Settings

Before trying anything advanced, try uninstalling Skype for Business as you would any other app or program.

  • Press the button Windows + I to open Settings.
  • Click Apps & features.
  • In the field Search this list, insert Skype for Business.
  • If Skype for Business appears, select it and click Uninstall.

If you don’t see Skype for Business here, it’s because you’re using a version that integrates with other Microsoft 365 apps.

If you want, you can remove Microsoft 365 or Office from here, but obviously, that will remove other programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access that you might want to keep. Therefore, keep reading.

Install Office Without Skype for Business

While the standard Office installation doesn’t let you choose not to install Skype for Business, you can use advanced techniques to achieve this.

Next, download Office Deployment Tool. Open it and select where to extract the files. This will give you three files configuration.xml and one file setup.exe

Specify the configuration files you need: x64 for 64-bit systems, x86 for 32-bit systems, and Enterprise is if you have the Office Enterprise edition installed.

Right click the file configuration and select Open with > Notepad.

First, look for lines starting with:

Add OfficeClientEdition=

Change the line opening as follows, replacing C:Office with the path where you extracted the files:

Add SourcePath="C:Office" OfficeClientEdition=

Next, look for these two lines (your product ID may be “ProPlus2019Volume” no “OF365ProPlusRetail” and your language ID may be different):

Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail"
Language ID="en-us"

Paste this line below:

ExcludeApp ID="Lync"

Then save the file.

Perform a system search for Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.

Enter this into the Command Prompt:

cd C:Office

Again, change lane C:Office with where you extracted the files.

Then, run the following commands one by one (rename the configuration file to whichever one you used), which may take some time:

setup.exe /download configuration-Office2019Enterprise.xml
setup.exe /configure configuration-Office2019Enterprise.xml

This will then install Office without Skype for Business.

Keep Skype for Business

Not sure that uninstalling Skype for Business is worth the effort? Fair enough. Try giving it a second chance.

With Skype for Business, you can share screens, run polls, have collaborative whiteboards, record calls, and more.

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