How to Fix Microsoft Office 2007 Professional That Configures Every Time You Open a Program

Written by marina martin
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Some Windows users report receiving the error message "Please Wait While Windows Configures Microsoft Office" every time they open a Microsoft Office 2007 program such as Word or Excel. Normally the installer and configuration wizard should only launch the very first time you open the Office Professional suite. Having to go through the configuration wizard every time you launch a program can slow down your productivity and cause frustration. Microsoft suggests a number of possible resolutions to prevent the configuration screen from appearing in the future.

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    Run as Administrator

  1. 1

    Right-click on one of the Microsoft Office Professional 2007 shortcuts, such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Access.

  2. 2

    Choose "Run as Administrator." Sometimes, software requires administrator permissions to save the complete installation to the computer's registry. If the software cannot save these changes, the configuration wizard will constantly reappear.

  3. 3

    Close the Office program and try to reopen it. If the configuration wizard does not appear, you fixed the problem.

    Restore Missing Office 2000 Files

  1. 1

    Launch an Office Professional 2007 program such as Outlook or Word.

  2. 2

    Complete the entire configuration process once. If you upgraded from Microsoft Office 2000 and then uninstalled Office 2000, the process may have deleted some shared components. This could cause the configuration process to restart every time you launch a program.

  3. 3

    Close the Office program and attempt to reopen it. If the configuration wizard does not appear, this resolved the problem.

    Try a Different Shortcut

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button.

  2. 2

    Choose "All Programs."

  3. 3

    Click on the Microsoft Office program you wish to launch. If the configuration wizard does not appear, this solved the problem. Continue to launch the program from "Start" "All Programs" instead of directly from the Start menu or right-click to copy the shortcut elsewhere. Sometimes the "most recently used" shortcuts from the Start menu incorrectly link to installer files that launch the configuration wizard.

    Edit the Registry

  1. 1

    Close all Office programs.

  2. 2

    Choose "Run" from the "Start" menu.

  3. 3

    Paste the following into the box:

    reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

  4. 4

    Click "OK."

  5. 5

    Try to open a Microsoft Office program. If the configuration wizard does not appear, this solved the problem.

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