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The basic procedure uses Microsoft AutoUpdate to update Microsoft Office. Updating Microsoft Office that was distributed via a policy can be accomplished using the following methods: Method 1: Customize the default settings for Microsoft AutoUpdate using a configuration profile configured with the Applications & Custom Settings payload in Jamf Pro. The operating system, Microsoft has been continuously working for the enhancement of their operating system. When you enable Windows auto update you get information on updates of software like security essentials, MS office, etc.

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Starting with version 4.13 of Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU), you can set a deadline for when updates are required to be installed on a user’s device. Version 4.13 was released on July 18, 2019.

Users will receive notifications about the upcoming deadline and can temporarily postpone the updates from being installed. But once the deadline is reached, any applications the user has open will be closed and the updates applied.

Microsoft made changes to the location and wording of Windows Update and its settings almost every time a new version of Windows was released. Below are three sets of instructions for changing/disabling Windows Update: one for Windows 10, one for Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista, and one for Windows XP.

Options for setting a deadline

You can set a deadline for any of the following applications:

  • An individual application, such as just Word.
  • A group of applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • All Microsoft applications that are updated by MAU. For example, Skype for Business, Remote Desktop, and Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP).

The default is for the deadline to apply to all applications that receive updates from MAU.

When you specify a deadline, you can configure the deadline in either of these two ways:

  • A specific date and time
  • A certain number of days after the update is detected

If you use a specific date and time for the deadline, it’s tied to a specific version that you’re updating to. That means for the next set of updates that Microsoft releases, you would need to configure a new date and time for the deadline.

If you use a certain number of days for the deadline, you can re-use that deadline for future updates that Microsoft releases. The number of days is calculated from when an update is detected by MAU.

You can also configure how many days in advance of the deadline that Automatic Download and Install mode begins. This is optional and the default is 3 days (72 hours) before the deadline.

Preference settings for deadlines

The following are the preference settings for configuring a deadline. These keys are CFPreferences-compatible, which means that they can be set by using enterprise management software for Mac, such as Jamf Pro.

Note

A deadline can be set within the user configuration profile or the management configuration profile. Settings in the management configuration profile take precedence, because those settings are also written to the user configuration profile.

Configure a deadline for a certain number of days after the update is detected

To configure a deadline that is a certain number of days after the update is detected, use the following preference setting.

Domaincom.microsoft.autoupdate2
KeyUpdateDeadline.DaysBeforeForcedQuit
Data TypeInteger
Possible valuesvarious (example: 5)
CommentsThere is no default value.

For example, if you want to configure a deadline of 5 days after an update for Excel is detected, you can use the following:

If you want to configure a deadline of 4 days for Excel and 7 days for PowerPoint, you can use the following:

Configure a deadline for a specific date and time

To configure a deadline for a specific date and time, use the following preference setting.

Domaincom.microsoft.autoupdate2
KeyUpdateDeadline.ApplicationsForcedUpdateSchedule
Data TypeDictionary
Possible valuesvarious (see examples below)
CommentsThere is no default value.
The date and time value should be specified in UTC format.

For example, if you want to configure a specific date and time for a deadline for an Excel update, you can use the following:

If you want to configure a specific date and time for a deadline for Word and Outlook, you can use the following:

Configure Automatic Download and Install mode

To configure how many days in advance of the deadline that Automatic Download and Install mode begins, use the following preference setting.

Domaincom.microsoft.autoupdate2
KeyUpdateDeadline.StartAutomaticUpdates
Data TypeInteger
Possible valuesvarious (example: 2)
CommentsThis is an optional setting.
The default value is 3.
Using this preference setting will enable Automatic Download and Install mode for MAU regardless of the current MAU setting on the device. After the deadline is reached, MAU will revert to the previous setting on the device.

For example, if you want to configure Automatic Download and Install mode to being 2 days before the deadline, you can use the following.

Deadline notifications for users

After Automatic Download and Install mode is turned on, MAU automatically updates any applications that are closed.

If applications are open and can't be updated, then users see a notification about the upcoming deadline. At that point, users can save their work, close their open applications, and have MAU apply the updates. If users do that, they won't see any more notifications about the deadline for those applications.

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If users don't want to apply the updates at that time, they can postpone the updates. If they choose to postpone, they will receive other notifications at a later time reminding them about the deadline. For example, with the first notification, users can choose to be reminded again in a certain number of hours. But users can't postpone the updates beyond the deadline.

When the deadline is an hour away, users get a persistent notification along with a timer that counts down the minutes until the deadline. If the deadline arrives and users haven't saved their work and closed their applications, MAU will forcibly close the applications, without saving the data, and starts to apply the updates.

Turn off a deadline

If you have set a deadline in the management configuration profile, you should turn off the deadline by setting empty values in your management configuration profile, as shown in the following example.

If you just delete the management configuration profile, the deadline isn't actually turned off. That's because the deadline settings still exist in the user configuration profile, because the settings were originally written to the user configuration profile from the management configuration profile.

If you configured a deadline for a specific date and time, once that date and time have passed, MAU deletes those values from the relevant config profiles.

Additional information about MAU deadlines

  • Deadlines can be configured regardless of where MAU is looking for the updates. For example, deadlines work if MAU is getting updates directly from the Office Content Delivery Network (CDN) on the internet of if MAU is getting updates from a MAU caching server within your local network.
  • If you have configured the deadline to be a certain number of days after an update is detected, and then MAU detects a new update, the deadline will be reset to apply to the new update.
  • If you have specified a deadline for all applications, you can still configure a more specific deadline for one of the applications. For example, you can configure a deadline of 7 days for all applications, and then specify that the deadline for Excel is 4 days.
  • Instead of configuring a specific date and time for a deadline for a specific version, you can configure that deadline to be a certain number of days after that specific version is detected by MAU.
  • If no values are set for UpdateDeadline.DaysBeforeForcedQuit or UpdateDeadline.StartAutomaticUpdates in the user configuration profile or management configuration profile, macOS automatically generates and inserts empty values for those keys in the user configuration profile. This does not set any deadlines.

Unlike the software developed for Windows system, most of the applications installed in Mac OS X generally can be removed with relative ease. Microsoft AutoUpdate is a third party application that provides additional functionality to OS X system and enjoys a popularity among Mac users. However, instead of installing it by dragging its icon to the Application folder, uninstalling Microsoft AutoUpdate may need you to do more than a simple drag-and-drop to the Trash.

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When installed, Microsoft AutoUpdate creates files in several locations. Generally, its additional files, such as preference files and application support files, still remains on the hard drive after you delete Microsoft AutoUpdate from the Application folder, in case that the next time you decide to reinstall it, the settings of this program still be kept. But if you are trying to uninstall Microsoft AutoUpdate in full and free up your disk space, removing all its components is highly necessary. Continue reading this article to learn about the proper methods for uninstalling Microsoft AutoUpdate.

Manually uninstall Microsoft AutoUpdate step by step:

Most applications in Mac OS X are bundles that contain all, or at least most, of the files needed to run the application, that is to say, they are self-contained. Thus, different from the program uninstall method of using the control panel in Windows, Mac users can easily drag any unwanted application to the Trash and then the removal process is started. Despite that, you should also be aware that removing an unbundled application by moving it into the Trash leave behind some of its components on your Mac. To fully get rid of Microsoft AutoUpdate from your Mac, you can manually follow these steps:

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1. Terminate Microsoft AutoUpdate process(es) via Activity Monitor

Before uninstalling Microsoft AutoUpdate, you’d better quit this application and end all its processes. If Microsoft AutoUpdate is frozen, you can press Cmd +Opt + Esc, select Microsoft AutoUpdate in the pop-up windows and click Force Quit to quit this program (this shortcut for force quit works for the application that appears but not for its hidden processes).

Open Activity Monitor in the Utilities folder in Launchpad, and select All Processes on the drop-down menu at the top of the window. Select the process(es) associated with Microsoft AutoUpdate in the list, click Quit Process icon in the left corner of the window, and click Quit in the pop-up dialog box (if that doesn’t work, then try Force Quit).

2. Delete Microsoft AutoUpdate application using the Trash

First of all, make sure to log into your Mac with an administrator account, or you will be asked for a password when you try to delete something.

Open the Applications folder in the Finder (if it doesn’t appear in the sidebar, go to the Menu Bar, open the “Go” menu, and select Applications in the list), search for Microsoft AutoUpdate application by typing its name in the search field, and then drag it to the Trash (in the dock) to begin the uninstall process. Alternatively you can also click on the Microsoft AutoUpdate icon/folder and move it to the Trash by pressing Cmd + Del or choosing the File and Move to Trash commands.

For the applications that are installed from the App Store, you can simply go to the Launchpad, search for the application, click and hold its icon with your mouse button (or hold down the Option key), then the icon will wiggle and show the “X” in its left upper corner. Click the “X” and click Delete in the confirmation dialog.

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3. Remove all components related to Microsoft AutoUpdate in Finder

Though Microsoft AutoUpdate has been deleted to the Trash, its lingering files, logs, caches and other miscellaneous contents may stay on the hard disk. For complete removal of Microsoft AutoUpdate, you can manually detect and clean out all components associated with this application. You can search for the relevant names using Spotlight. Those preference files of Microsoft AutoUpdate can be found in the Preferences folder within your user’s library folder (~/Library/Preferences) or the system-wide Library located at the root of the system volume (/Library/Preferences/), while the support files are located in '~/Library/Application Support/' or '/Library/Application Support/'.

Open the Finder, go to the Menu Bar, open the “Go” menu, select the entry: Go to Folder... and then enter the path of the Application Support folder:~/Library

Search for any files or folders with the program’s name or developer’s name in the ~/Library/Preferences/, ~/Library/Application Support/ and ~/Library/Caches/ folders. Right click on those items and click Move to Trash to delete them.

Meanwhile, search for the following locations to delete associated items:

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  • /Library/Preferences/
  • /Library/Application Support/
  • /Library/Caches/

Besides, there may be some kernel extensions or hidden files that are not obvious to find. In that case, you can do a Google search about the components for Microsoft AutoUpdate. Usually kernel extensions are located in in /System/Library/Extensions and end with the extension .kext, while hidden files are mostly located in your home folder. You can use Terminal (inside Applications/Utilities) to list the contents of the directory in question and delete the offending item.

4. Empty the Trash to fully remove Microsoft AutoUpdate

If you are determined to delete Microsoft AutoUpdate permanently, the last thing you need to do is emptying the Trash. To completely empty your trash can, you can right click on the Trash in the dock and choose Empty Trash, or simply choose Empty Trash under the Finder menu (Notice: you can not undo this act, so make sure that you haven’t mistakenly deleted anything before doing this act. If you change your mind, before emptying the Trash, you can right click on the items in the Trash and choose Put Back in the list). In case you cannot empty the Trash, reboot your Mac.

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Tips for the app with default uninstall utility:

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You may not notice that, there are a few of Mac applications that come with dedicated uninstallation programs. Though the method mentioned above can solve the most app uninstall problems, you can still go for its installation disk or the application folder or package to check if the app has its own uninstaller first. If so, just run such an app and follow the prompts to uninstall properly. After that, search for related files to make sure if the app and its additional files are fully deleted from your Mac.

Automatically uninstall Microsoft AutoUpdate with MacRemover (recommended):

No doubt that uninstalling programs in Mac system has been much simpler than in Windows system. But it still may seem a little tedious and time-consuming for those OS X beginners to manually remove Microsoft AutoUpdate and totally clean out all its remnants. Why not try an easier and faster way to thoroughly remove it?

If you intend to save your time and energy in uninstalling Microsoft AutoUpdate, or you encounter some specific problems in deleting it to the Trash, or even you are not sure which files or folders belong to Microsoft AutoUpdate, you can turn to a professional third-party uninstaller to resolve troubles. Here MacRemover is recommended for you to accomplish Microsoft AutoUpdate uninstall within three simple steps. MacRemover is a lite but powerful uninstaller utility that helps you thoroughly remove unwanted, corrupted or incompatible apps from your Mac. Now let’s see how it works to complete Microsoft AutoUpdate removal task.

1. Download MacRemover and install it by dragging its icon to the application folder.
2. Launch MacRemover in the dock or Launchpad, select Microsoft AutoUpdate appearing on the interface, and click Run Analysis button to proceed.
3. Review Microsoft AutoUpdate files or folders, click Complete Uninstall button and then click Yes in the pup-up dialog box to confirm Microsoft AutoUpdate removal.

The whole uninstall process may takes even less than one minute to finish, and then all items associated with Microsoft AutoUpdate has been successfully removed from your Mac!

Benefits of using MacRemover:

MacRemover has a friendly and simply interface and even the first-time users can easily operate any unwanted program uninstallation. With its unique Smart Analytic System, MacRemover is capable of quickly locating every associated components of Microsoft AutoUpdate and safely deleting them within a few clicks. Thoroughly uninstalling Microsoft AutoUpdate from your mac with MacRemover becomes incredibly straightforward and speedy, right? You don’t need to check the Library or manually remove its additional files. Actually, all you need to do is a select-and-delete move. As MacRemover comes in handy to all those who want to get rid of any unwanted programs without any hassle, you’re welcome to download it and enjoy the excellent user experience right now!

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This article provides you two methods (both manually and automatically) to properly and quickly uninstall Microsoft AutoUpdate, and either of them works for most of the apps on your Mac. If you confront any difficulty in uninstalling any unwanted application/software, don’t hesitate to apply this automatic tool and resolve your troubles.

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