Office 2007 Configuration wizard runs every time you start any Application (word, excel, etc)? Here is the solution!

There are many methods you can try for the above problem, but I have outlined three here:

1st method:

    • Locate the setup file involved in this mess: go to the following location (for x86 computers): C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\OFFICE12\Office Setup Controller
      Or, (for x64 computers): C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared\OFFICE12\Office Setup Controller
    • Next, simply rename SETUP.EXE. I made it NOSETUP.exe

2nd method:

Exit Word 2007.

  1. Start Registry Editor. Locate and then click to select the following registry subkey:

    • In Windows Vista or Windows 7, click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
      If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or clickContinue .
    • In Windows XP, click Start , click Run , type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2.             Locate and then click to select the following registry subkey:
  3. After you select the subkey that is specified in step 2, point to New on theEdit menu, and then click DWORD Value .

  4. Type NoReReg , and then press ENTER.

  5. Right-click NoReReg , and then click Modify .

  6. In the Value data box, type 1 , and then click OK .

  7. On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.


3rd method:

This method is very simple as it turns out – simply run the following commands by typing it into the Start/Run command box. It achieves the same process as method 2 above.  Use the line with Office\11.0 if you have Office 2003 installed and Office\12.0 if you have Office 2007 installed.  You can use both if you have both installed :

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

That is it.  Office 2007 might want to have one more spin round the block with it’s configuration dialog box, but that should be it.

Hope these help.


36 Responses to Office 2007 Configuration wizard runs every time you start any Application (word, excel, etc)? Here is the solution!

  1. dan says:

    Method 1 worked like a champ – thanks!


  2. Phylum says:

    These are interesting workarounds, but what’s the root cause? Clearly its launching because “‘something’ is wrong” – be it some inconsistencies in installation or configuration or its expecting something that’s not there (or the opposite).
    Do you have any insight into root cause and/or how to properly troubleshoot this?


  3. @Phylum, you have just the right information as to the root causes – inconsistencies in installation, either because the user had installed two different editions of Office suites and they run concurrently on same machine and they now conflicts.
    – Or, the user uninstalled an edition and reinstalled a different edition but the previous edition still has traces of files in the registry and these conflicts as well.
    – Or the original location of the exe file on which all the ‘shortcuts’ points has changed and needs to be remapped. In this case, delete all shortcuts and recreate same.
    – Again Office apps look for a file name ID_xxxxx.DPC during each opening. So depending on the version of the file, renaming your version from ID_00030.DPC to ID_00011.DPC could also fix the problem.
    – Microsoft, through their patches, is also working towards making a permanent solution to that slack!


    • Kelley says:

      Solution 1 worked perfectly for me! Thanks so much. As you mentioned, this happened to me because I had to install a 2010 professional trial on my computer for school and my computer already had the 2007 full version installed. Even after removing the 2010 trial, 2007 wouldn’t start without configuring every single time.

      Thanks again!


  4. L says:

    I have added the NoReReg key. Office Word and Powerpoint do not pop-up configuration anymore, but Excel still does. Any solutions?


  5. @L, it appears you adopted ‘method 2’ as outlined. Please ensure that you have followed all the outlined steps on that method properly. If so, you won’t have any problems.

    However, if you keep experiencing difficulty, method 1 can be of help, and i recommend that for you. thank you.


  6. davegins says:

    The 1st method stopped Office from going into the configuration process. (I also did the 2nd method for good measure) However Windows Installer still pops up before the application opens. It says preparing to install, then closes by itself. On the whole, the 1st method was an elegant fix that is not on any other websites!


  7. Incredible! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design.
    Great choice of colors!


  8. Asim Barsiq says:

    Method 1 worked. Thank you very very very much my friend.


  9. Cathy says:

    Method 1 worked perfectly, quick easy fix. Thanks for posting.


  10. Charles says:

    Method 1 works. Thank you.


  11. Langper says:

    Works..thank you. been trying to find a solution for weeks.


  12. Jessica says:

    Thank you!! I was avoiding Word so I didn’t have to deal with this.


  13. Jeff says:

    Method 3 worked a treat. Thanks very much. Stress levels gone down a couple of notches


  14. SAM says:



  15. thanks a lot. the 2nd method worked for me :))


  16. Jeanne says:

    I read all 3 and decided that the 3rd method seemed the easiest. Worked like a charm. Thank you so much!!!!


  17. Folke says:

    Method 1: Bingo! Saved them all in case something still happens.


  18. Cherie says:

    After a recent ‘update’ my Excel and Word apps kept configuring when launched. I just ran the Diagnostics Tool in MS Office (2007) and it fixed it just fine! Located in the MS Office Tools, try that first!


  19. TONY JACKSON says:

    When I try option 1 and need to rename SETUP.EXE it is labelled just SETUP . When I come to re labelling it do I just call it NOSETUP or NOSETUP.EXE


  20. TONY JACKSON says:

    Thank you Anucha for solving this Office 2007 problem. You are certainly the most kind and talented person I have encounted on the Internet.


  21. @Tony you are most welcome. Please feel free to contact me if you have any IT related issue and be rest assured we will sort it out together.


  22. Nicolaaa says:

    Hi, Method 3 worked great for fixing the problem with Word 2007 but not Excel. I have run the diagnostics tools and nothing is picked up. I tried Method 1 which gets rid of the configuration screen but leaves me with an error pop up ” stdole32.tbl ” when opening. When I click ” OK ” this disappears and works as normal but why is it popping up?

    I am running Office 2007 with Windows 7 – I have reinstalled it on a new computer. Thanks


  23. Cheryl says:

    Suddenly started having this problem with Word 2007 (running Win7) on my work computer but other MS apps in the office suite were loading up fine. I think another app’s update messed up something (Word was no longer the default editor, and I had to change it back).

    Method #3 worked perfectly for me.

    Thanks for the help!


  24. Rick Filcoff says:

    I applied method#1 to successfully resolve this issue on my laptop running MS-Office 2007 Professional Plus on Windows 10 Professional operating system


  25. Preston G. Smith says:

    The MS Word 2007 on my Windows 10 laptop suddenly started the constant configuration thing every time I opened a document. I read all the comments here, and tried the Diagnostic Tool first. Although one Setup repair was made the problem persisted. I then tried suggested method#1 and it seems to be working fine. Thanks!

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