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If you have recently uninstalled Office 2013 from your Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016 and replaced it with newer version like 2016 or 2019 (Yes 2019 might not work with 2016 , but with a proper ISO it will install fine)

You will keep receiving in Windows Update that it's searching for Office 2013 updates like those updates :

Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3039720) 32-Bit Edition

Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2920754) 32-Bit Edition

Security Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2910941) 32-Bit Edition

Even the SP1 , even though Office 2013 is not available at the system and it's not found in Add or Remove Programs or anywhere.

 

So I had to manually look for the Registry as probably there will be some remaining that's why Windows Update is mad about it.

I had to do most of these and carefully while doing so , so I had to backup the registry in case I do something disastrous and then followed Microsoft instructions where the registry can be found (Beware if you have another Office version installed then becareful not to remove registry that relates to another version)

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Before you begin, make sure that you log on to Windows with an administrator account. If you’re not sure if you have an administrator account, see how to determine your user account type in Windows.

Step 1: Remove the Windows Installer packages

  1. Find the Office 15 installation folder, typically located in C:\Program Files\.

  2. Right-click the Microsoft Office 15 folder and select Delete.

Step 2: Remove the Office scheduled tasks

  1. Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.

  2. At the command prompt, type the following commands and press Enter after each one:

    schtasks.exe /delete /tn "\Microsoft\Office\Office 15 Subscription Heartbeat"

    schtasks.exe /delete /tn "\Microsoft\Office\Office Automatic Update"

    schtasks.exe /delete /tn "\Microsoft\Office\Office Subscription Maintenance"

Step 3: Use Task Manager to end the Click-to-Run tasks

  1. Open Task Manager.

    • Windows 10: Right-click Start, and click Task Manager. (The keyboard shortcut Windows logo key + X also works to open the access menu.)

    • Windows 8 or 8.1: Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search. Type Task Manager in the search box, and then click Task Manager in the results.

    • Windows 7: Right-click an empty area of the taskbar, and then click Start Task Manager.

  2. Click the Process tab.

  3. If the following processes are running, right-click each one, and then click End task in Windows 10, End Task in Windows 8 or 8.1, or End Process in Windows 7 after you select each process.

    • Officeclicktorun.exe

    • appvshnotify.exe

    • firstrun.exe

    • setup*.exe

Step 4: Delete the Office service

  1. Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator, type the following command, and then press Enter:

    • sc delete Clicktorunsvc

Step 5: Delete the Office files

  1. Press Windows logo key + R to open the Run dialog box.

  2. In the Open box, type %ProgramFiles%, and then click OK.

  3. Delete the "Microsoft Office 15" folder.

  4. Open the Run dialog box, type %ProgramData%\Microsoft, and then click OK.

  5. Delete the ClickToRun folder. If the folder does not exist, go to the next step.

  6. Open the Run dialog box, type %ProgramData%\Microsoft\office, and then click OK.

  7. Delete the FFPackageLocker folder.

    If you can't delete a folder or a file that's open or that's being used by another program, restart the computer, and then try again. If you still can't remove the folder, go to the next step.

Step 6: Delete the Office registry subkeys

Important: Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems may occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you start, back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.

  1. Open Registry Editor.

    • Windows 10: Right-click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.

    • Windows 8 or 8.1: Right-click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.

    • Windows 7: Click Start, type Run in the Start Search box, and then click Run in the results.

  2. Delete the following registry subkeys:

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\15.0\ClickToRun

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\AppVISV

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Microsoft Office <Edition>15 - en-us

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office

    • Then Delete the Office key.

      In the subkey in the third bullet item, "Microsoft Office 15 <Edition>- en-us" represents the actual program name. This name depends on the Office 2013 edition and language version that you installed.

Step 7: Delete the Start menu shortcuts

  1. Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.

  2. Type %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs, and then press Enter.

  3. Delete the Office 2013 folder.

Step 8: Uninstall the Microsoft Office Habanero local component and Habanero supplemental local component

  1. Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.

  2. At the command prompt, type the command that is appropriate for your operating system, and then press Enter:

    • If you're running an x86 version of Office 2013 on an x64 operating system, run the following command:

      MsiExec.exe /X{50150000-008F-0000-1000-0000000FF1CE}

    • If you're running an x86 version of Office 2013 on an x86 operating system, run the following command:

      MsiExec.exe /X{50150000-007E-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}

    • If you're running an x64 version of Office 2013 on an x64 operating system, run the following command:

      MsiExec.exe /X{50150000-008C-0000-1000-0000000FF1CE}

 

The full article can be read here : https://support.office.com/en-us/article/manually-uninstall-office-4e2904ea-25c8-4544-99ee-17696bb3027b?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US#OfficeVersion=Office_2013

After that I have downloaded the Uninstall Tool from Microsoft Page here : https://support.office.com/en-us/article/uninstall-office-from-a-pc-9dd49b83-264a-477a-8fcc-2fdf5dbf61d8?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

The tool is called SARA but it's an un-installation tool with some other things to do

Run it and then check for Office problems , and then select that you are having problems with uninstalling Office products , then it will show the currently installed Office (it could be not 2013) , remove it , restart the computer when asked , and then when you boot up , check for updates again and after that if it didn't start downloading for 2013 , then you are safe to install your version again.

 
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