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    Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    Im sure ive seen a topic on here about this but i cant find it.

    Anyhow, what it is is;

    Whenever a user opens an office app for the first time during that session it comes up with the box "Preparing to install" and goes through the motions before starting teh app.

    Now this is getting rather tiresome, does anyone know how to fix it?

    My first toughts were with it having frontpage 2000 on, therefore 2 versions of office. But even after ive put FP 2003 on its still the same. Help

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    did you delete the installation files as part of the set up?
    because if you did thats your problem!

    cheers

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    There used to be a bunch of registry keys you could import with office 2000 that fixed this behaviour but I haven't seen them for 2003.

    We have the same problem but I'm living with it for now and we haven't deleted the local installation files so it's not that.

    Are you user profiles roaming or madatory if mandatory then it's probably because office setup cannot write and store a copy of these values.

    Ben

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    I have the same problem, are you saying i'll have to uninstall and re-install all office 2003 installations? Or is there an easier way to fix this?

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    Rebuild the admin install so that it tells machines not to delete the installing files. You can then publish this install using transform files to install only what you want.

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    Copy the profile of which ever user was used to install Office (usually local administrator) to the default user profile, then delete all local profiles from the HD. We do this as a matter of course now before we commision new PCs

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    Quote Originally Posted by woody
    Copy the profile of which ever user was used to install Office (usually local administrator) to the default user profile, then delete all local profiles from the HD. We do this as a matter of course now before we commision new PCs
    Hmm I replied to this while I was home but it seems to have dissapeared into the ether but my suggestion was pretty much the same as woody.

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    Are your users using a mandatory profile, if so try logging on as a pupil user with the profile and change the .man to a .dat. Then run the office applications and then let it do the bit in question then log off saving the settings to the now .dat file. Once logged off change the .dat back to a .man.

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    Copy the profile of which ever user was used to install Office (usually local administrator)
    I have Office 2K3 SP2 installed via GPO so this wouldn't apply.

    I believe it is due to my students having mandatory profiles whereas before this year they had roaming ones.

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    @ Plexer

    You would then need to do as Tosca has suggested then.

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    When making a new mandatory profile, I open office, register it to "School User" and then when i copy it back to the server its all done and dusted, no more install screen. Works well, just pops up for staff as they have roaming profiles.

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    Quote Originally Posted by tosca925
    Are your users using a mandatory profile, if so try logging on as a pupil user with the profile and change the .man to a .dat. Then run the office applications and then let it do the bit in question then log off saving the settings to the now .dat file. Once logged off change the .dat back to a .man.

    Just tryed this and no joy.

    What else could it be? Or have i done it wrong?

    METHOD//

    Change .man to .dat
    Log onto pupil account
    Run office
    Log off
    Change back to .man

    //Does this need to be done with no other users logged on, or would it not matter?

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    definetly want to do that with no users logged into that profile.

    I generally do
    copy server/profiles$/Stundent to server/profiles$/student2
    rename the .man to .dat in student2
    make student 2 the profile for my profile creation/ editing account and log in
    Make all neccesary changes and then log out again.
    rename the .dat to .man
    assign student2 as the profile for all students.
    after a few days when I'm sure its 100% delete te old profile.

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    thanks teth / tosca, followed that procedure and it worked perfectly.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Office 2003 - Preparing to install

    Thanks work perfectly,
    Although as I have not had to do much with the mandatory profiles, I did not at first realise that you had to rename the ntuser.man back to ntuser.dat. Before it would let you change the settings.

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