Recently, many users have reported a process in their task manager called the Microsoft AU Daemon. These users have been asking what this application is, and how will removing this affect their Windows 10 and Mac devices. Here, we shall take a look at the Microsoft AU Daemon file.
What Is Microsoft AU Daemon File?
Microsoft AU Daemon is the auto-update (AU) program from Microsoft that keeps the installation of your Microsoft office up to date. It runs in the background and monitors the Microsoft servers for any new releases to your Microsoft Office apps.
The Microsoft AU Daemon is packed along with many Microsoft Office apps, including the likes of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Publisher and SharePoint. Each of these applications comes with Microsoft AU Daemon bundled with it, and whenever you launch the program, the tool is launched as well.
Whenever the AU Daemon is launched, it makes sure that you have the latest version of the Microsoft applications on your Windows 10 device. Once the system detects that there is an update available for one of the Office applications, the AutoUpdate Daemon triggers the automatic updates for the application. The latest version will be downloaded and installed on your computer.
Is Microsoft AU Daemon Safe?
As you know by now, AU Daemon is the system file that is responsible for automatically downloading the latest Microsoft Office updates. It is perfectly safe to be kept on your system and is actually a very useful tool if your primary work is dealing with Microsoft Office apps.
How To Disable Microsoft AU Daemon?
Many users have asked if the auto-update Daemon can be uninstalled from their devices. While it is definitely possible to disable and remove this file from your system, it is not recommended. The Microsoft AU Daemon is bundled in to make sure that the latest features and security patches are installed for your Microsoft applications.
Disabling the Microsoft AU Daemon tools will turn off the auto-updates feature, and you may miss out on the latest feature updates that Microsoft has pushed until you manually update the application.
However, if you truly wish to disable the Microsoft AU Daemon, you can do so from within the Microsoft Office application for which you wish to turn updates off.
Disable Microsoft AU Daemon Process
Simply follow these steps to disable Microsoft AU Daemon from your Windows 10 device:
- Open the Office program for which you wish to disable auto-updates.
- Click on File at the top left corner of the screen.
- From the drop-down menu, select Account.
- In the next window that opens, click on Update Options.
- Select Disable Updates and confirm by clicking Yes.
- Restart your computer.
This should turn off the AU Daemon from Microsoft for the Office applications.
For macOS devices, follow these steps:
- First, launch System Preferences.
- Select Accounts.
- Next, click on the Connection inputs option.
- Here, locate and click on Microsoft AU Daemon.
- Click or tap on the – option to delete the feature.
There Was A Problem With Microsoft AU Daemon And Your Recent Work Might Be Lost
Some users have reported that they get an error message that says, ‘There was a problem with Microsoft AU Daemon and your recent work might be lost’.
There is no actual solution to this problem, and a simple restart should solve this for most cases.
So there you have it. Now you know what the Microsoft AU Daemon is. Tell us in the comments if you disabled it on your device, and check out how to get dark mode in MS Office applications.