Solved: Office Pro 2003 startup delays

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johnni

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I have been given an old XP Pro PC which also has Office Pro 2003 installed of which I want to use only Word and Excel.

When I click to start either of these the following sequence occurs:
1. A box saying 'Preparing to install'
2. A box saying 'Please wail while Windows configures MS Office Pro'
3. A box saying 'A required installation file SKU111.CAB could not be found' and gives me a chance to browse for it. But I press Cancel.
4. A repeat of 2.
5. A repeat of 3. Again I press Cancel
6. The programme (Excel or Word) opens as if nothing had happened!

Is there a way to get rid of this delay? The file (?folder) SKU111.CAB is not on the machine and I have no disks. The PC came from a well respected office company and I am sure everything installed is legal but my contact cannot help.

johnni
 

Blink182

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Howdy johnni! :)

Open the Group Policy Editor by selecting Run from the Start Menu, and typing gpedit.msc. (If the file is missing, run mmc.exe instead. Then, select Add/Remove Snap-in from the Console menu, click Add, and double-click Group Policy. Click Finish, then Close, then Ok.)
Expand the following branches:
Local Computer Policy \ Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Windows Installer
Double-click Disable Windows Installer to your right, click Enabled, and choose Always from the list. Click Ok when you're done.
The change will take effect immediately. If you added a snap in, as described above, you don't need to "save changes to the console."

Note: If you encounter an error about the Administrator Policy the next time you try to install an application, you'll have to re-enable the Windows Installer temporarily.

That should solve your problem. But its only a workaround and as stated in the note above.
 

johnni

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Thanks for the help. I opened gpedit.msc (mmc.exe had no information in it) but couldn't find the Console menu or anything about Snap-in. But I did find Local Computer Policy and did as you suggested, and it worked.
Now both Word and Excel open with just a brief flash of a message.

Thanks.

johnni
 
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