Until recently, every time I started any MS Office 2007 application on my Windows Vista PC, I received the following message:
Please wait while Windows Configures Microsoft Office 2007
I thought I had this one beat, but it turns out that the my previous solution worked only for Outlook, and only until the next reboot. Since then I’ve check many a forum to find a solution for the problem. Many that I’ve seen have included extensive editing of the Windows registry and a complete manual uninstall and reinstall of MS Office 2007.
Ok. I have good news, and bad news. Which do you want to read first? Ok. The good news:
Fortunately, there’s an easy workaround for this problem:
1. Go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12 and find the executable (.exe) files for each application you want to use.
2. Right click on the file and create a desktop shortcut.
3. Click on that to start the application, and you shouldn’t see the annoying “configuring” message again.
The new shortcuts work properly because you have created them within your user account and they have the correct permissions. If you take a look at the permissions ( properties > security ) of the shortcuts the installer created, you will most likely see that they are a bunch of crap.
The bad news is that I haven’t yet found a proper explanation or solution to this problem that works consistently. If you have, please post it here.