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    Office "Installs" everytime a document is opened

    Everytime a user opens office 2003 it says 'please wait while office 2003 installs'. Is there any way to stop this from happening as its getting annoying. Office is installed on every client machine (XP) locally and I have even tried reinstalling office using the custom option and selecting everything but even that does not solve it.

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    This is the norm for office. Once a user has used that PC and has a profile on that PC office will open with out instaling.

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    If you are using mandatory profiles, you will need to update the network profile so that it has done the office configuration at least once before users log on with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by networkingNut View Post
    Everytime a user opens office 2003 it says 'please wait while office 2003 installs'.
    If you're not using mandatory profiles and "Documents and Settings" isn't redirected to a network share then each user will have a separate profile on each workstation. Office 2003 runs through its "install" process every time it starts on a machine with an empty user profile. Users tend to cancel the install process, which doesn't help as it just runs the next time Office loads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by networkingNut View Post
    Everytime a user opens office 2003 it says 'please wait while office 2003 installs'. Is there any way to stop this from happening as its getting annoying. Office is installed on every client machine (XP) locally and I have even tried reinstalling office using the custom option and selecting everything but even that does not solve it.

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    nN

    I thought i had posted a solution to this a long time back, but after searching the forums i can't find it. if you can wait until next week when i'm back at work i'll post the registry entries that will stop the install wizard starting when you first open up Office 2003.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MYK-IT View Post
    I thought i had posted a solution to this a long time back, but after searching the forums i can't find it. if you can wait until next week when i'm back at work i'll post the registry entries that will stop the install wizard starting when you first open up Office 2003.
    That would be much appreciated. We use Local profiles and currently we don't have Application data stored on the network.

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    Ok, i've gone through my notes and if i remember correctly, i loaded a copy of the NTUSER.DAT hive from the Default User folder using REGEDT32 on another computer then made the following entries:

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\Access]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\Common]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\Excel]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\Outlook]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\PowerPoint]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\Publisher]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\Word]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    Then unloaded the hive, and copied the NTUSER.DAT back to the original location.

    I assume this is probably the same as configuring your build with the initial admin logon etc, then copy the NTUSER.DAT over to the Default User folder.
    This could also be incoporated into a logon script using regedit mod.reg /S etc, or even via Group Policy Preferences.

    Hope this helps (or makes sense!)

    UPDATE:
    You may also have to hard code your User details (i.e. Name, Company etc) this is in HEX so you will have to look at your own school details and modify accordingly.

    [HKEY_USERS\mike\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Com mon\UserInfo]
    "Company"=hex:
    "UserName"=hex:
    "UserInitials"=hex:

    UPDATE 2:
    Registry location should say office and not offic e - weird formatting going on!
    Last edited by MYK-IT; 12th April 2010 at 01:41 PM.

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    Someone else mentioned Mandatory profiles. I've only ever seen this with new profiles using office for the first time.

    If you are using mandatory profiles, make the profile roaming (rename ntuser.man to ntuser.dat)

    Logon as a test user using the profile and start office so it does it's stuff.

    Logoff so the profile saves back to the server

    Rename ntuser.dat to ntuser.an

    Problem should vanish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MYK-IT View Post
    Ok, i've gone through my notes and if i remember correctly, i loaded a copy of the NTUSER.DAT hive from the Default User folder using REGEDT32 on another computer then made the following entries:

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\Access]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\Common]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\Excel]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\Outlook]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\PowerPoint]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\Publisher]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_USERS\{name_of_hive}\Software\Microsoft\Offic e\11.0\Word]
    "UserData"=dword:00000001

    Then unloaded the hive, and copied the NTUSER.DAT back to the original location.

    I assume this is probably the same as configuring your build with the initial admin logon etc, then copy the NTUSER.DAT over to the Default User folder.
    This could also be incoporated into a logon script using regedit mod.reg /S etc, or even via Group Policy Preferences.

    Hope this helps (or makes sense!)

    UPDATE:
    You may also have to hard code your User details (i.e. Name, Company etc) this is in HEX so you will have to look at your own school details and modify accordingly.

    [HKEY_USERS\mike\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Com mon\UserInfo]
    "Company"=hex:
    "UserName"=hex:
    "UserInitials"=hex:

    UPDATE 2:
    Registry location should say office and not offic e - weird formatting going on!
    I am unsure what you mean by Hive. My understanding is that its another file Format instead of .reg.

    When I drill down the HKEY users I do not get an option for a username all I get is what is shown in the screenshot.

    When you say hard code the username do you have to do it for every user individually or is there a generic way of doing it for every user?

    Thanks
    nN

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