How to Remove Microsoft Groove Synchronization

Saikat Basu 02-06-2009

thumbnail2The best way – don’t install it in the first place.


As with most suite programs The 7 Best Free Microsoft Office Alternatives Microsoft Office is the king of office suites, but that doesn't mean it's the right one for you. Here are some other office suites you might like better! Read More , we don’t need the whole ball of wax especially in standalone home machines. Say… in the Microsoft Office suite, it’s just MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint. One program we give the go by is Microsoft Groove.

In MS Office 2007, Groove is a collaboration software program which helps diverse teams work together using shared workspaces. Its core job is to synchronize common data 10 Sync Tools every Office Worker Should Know About Read More between different sets of people. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great tool for teamwork – there’s a mention of its help during Hurricane Katrina on the MS Groove homepage. But it’s no help to me in a home computer where it’s just me and the missus.

That’s the biggest reason to remove the program from the system. Sorry fella, you aren’t vital. But there are a few other grounds as well.

  • MS Groove makes an appearance on the Explorer menu as a Folder Sync option.


  • It’s there in the right-click context menu too as Groove Folder Synchronization.


  • Unless disabled from startup, GrooveMonitor.exe starts as a background process, wasting memory.
  • It’s also there on the Internet Explorer menu and a few other places.
  • Takes up nearly 1GB of HDD space.

If we don’t need it, here’s how we can get a little of our screen real estate back without affecting the other Office programs. The process is similar for both Windows XP and Vista.

Remove Microsoft Groove completely

  1. Go to Start – Control Panel. Click on Add or Remove Programs. (In Vista, it is Start – Control Panel – Programs – Installed Programs.)
  2. Scroll down the list of programs to your Microsoft Office installation entry. Select it and click on the Change button.


  3. The Change your installation of Installation of Microsoft Office 2007 lists three options. Select the radio button for Add or Remove Features.


  4. In the installation options window, select Microsoft Groove and click on the little dropdown arrow. Select Not Available. Press Continue and let the setup remove Microsoft Groove installation completely.


Remove only Folder Synchronization options from Explorer

We have to head into the Windows Registry if we want to remove only the Groove options from the shell i.e. from the Explorer and the right-click context menu. This keeps the Groove program intact but only removes the shell references.

  1. Select Start – Run. Type regedit and click OK to open the registry.
  2. On the left hand pane, expand and locate the following entries. Delete each of them.
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX

Remove Groove only from startup

By default, Groove starts with Windows and runs as a background process, taking up approximately 6MB of memory. GrooveMonitor.exe is not necessary for MS Office to run smoothly. It can easily be removed from the Windows startup list.

  1. Click Start > Run or hit Win+R keys together.
  2. Type msconfig. Click on Enter.
  3. Select the Startup tab.
  4. Uncheck GrooveMonitor


  5. Click on Apply. Reboot to free up your memory.

That’s it! A leaner computer is a healthier and a faster machine. So let’s hope this how-to helped to boost the unclutter habit up another notch.

For unanswered queries, you can also read Microsoft’s FAQ page on Groove here. Do you use Groove and what for? Enlighten us in the comments.

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  1. Rindercella
    February 28, 2016 at 6:25 am

    If I said thank you 100 times it still would not be enough. Your clear step by step instructions saved this Ludite from having to get omeone in to remove this from my pc. Bless you.

    • Saikat Basu
      February 28, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Great! Thanks for the comment.

  2. Clark
    May 23, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    excellent article; very thorough and concise. I don't usually bother responding in such threads, but your work here deserves a gold star. ;) Thanks a ton!

    • Saikat
      May 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      This was from the really early days :)


  3. parth
    December 12, 2009 at 7:01 am

    good work

  4. yash
    November 29, 2009 at 9:37 am

    i had seen this but didnt done yet.i hope it mightt be useful..

  5. dino
    November 7, 2009 at 5:04 am

    tnx men :)

  6. Ann
    October 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Very useful

  7. mayuri
    June 18, 2009 at 9:24 am

    vry useful
    thank u

  8. Arun
    June 13, 2009 at 4:48 am

    very usefuul !!
    thank you very much...

    June 8, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    VERY VERY VERY useful, this explains everything on removing that, thanks.

    • Saikat
      June 8, 2009 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks...sometimes the simplest of ways usually are the most useful :)

  10. jithin
    June 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    very useful.

    thank you.