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bhav

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Ok here is the problem:

I have Windows XPpro and Office XP with Frontpage installed.

Every thing in the office XP is working except Excel, it was fine before, i have not used it for a while and today I needed to make a few histograms and it will not even start.

When I try to start it i get the following messages, maybe some of you have might find these familiar and have some ideas. These are the messages(5 total) i get after I click on Microsoft Excel in the start Menu>>>>>>>

1) "Windows installer
-preparing to install"

2) "Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office XP with Frontpage"

3)"the feature you are trying to use is on a CD-ROM or other removable disk that is not available" and it asks me to insert the disk(i don't have it) and also in the message i'm given a drop menu saying"Use feature from" and we are given the browse button.
If i click Ok it say it needs the Proplus.msi package from which to install. If i click cancel i get the following message>>

4)"Error 1706. Set up cannot find the required files. Check your connection to the network, or CD-ROM drive....
when i click OK

5)"Fatal error occured during installation".

Sound familiar? Everything has been working great for a year and suddenly out of the Blue Excel doesn't work(everyother office application does) how could that be? and how to fix it, i can't reinstall Office and i need excel right now

Thanks for any help
 
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You say that everything woked fine and haven't used Excel for a while and now it asks for some files to be installed. This generally happens if you have cleaned your registry with a third party cleaner. All you need to do is Insert your Office XP disk and then click OK and the files will be reinstalled.

If you don't have the disks how was Office XP installed ??? Are you using the software legally ????
 

bhav

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i think i got the problem solved i just searched for excel.exe and ran it from there, i think it was a bad shortcut. It still tries to reinstall but excel opens up and i just get rid of the reinstall message.

well about the legality of the software lets not go there!
 
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It's none of my business how you use the software all i'm saying is insert the CD you used to install Office XP in the first place
 

bhav

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right, but i don't have it.

problem now is how to get rid of that "preparing to install..." message once excel starts.

Excel look like it is working fine but that install message everytime i start it is annoying, any ideas on how to get rid of it are appreciated.
 
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Only way I know how to get rid of it is to use the cd... if you do get the CD again, go to add/remove programs..... Office XP... click on add or remove features...click on the icon next to Microsoft Office and choose "run all from my computer". That way you won't have the MS nag again.
 
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Hi,

If you have the message "Preparing to install ....", just create an empty folder named "XLStart" in the following position: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11".

Now restart your excel application and it should work ...

Good luck.

Fred
 
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I just solved this problem:

Start>All Programs>Accesories>System Tools>Restore

On Restore select on the Calendar a date with a Restore point previous to when the problem started.
 
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