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Anonymous
June 30, 2005 4:59:20 PM

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Hi,
I have XP Home. I am suddenly unable to open Word. It stalls when opening,
nothing works to get it working again. Excel works fine as does all the
other programs. I have tried deleting office but again it stalls when
trying. I have tried re-installing office, but again, it installs the
installation files then Windows installer says 'Preparing to install....'
and nothing happens I just get the egg timer on screen. I have updated and
run Symantec antivirus, Spybot and Ad-aware. All find nothing relevant.

I am totally stuck and can't seem to find anything relevant on Google
either.

Please help.
Lenny

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Anonymous
June 30, 2005 4:59:21 PM

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Two suggestions, First open Excel, Click Help, then "Detect & Repair".
Have your installation disk handy. Also while in Help, click About and
note the Service Pack Level. Then go to Office Update and get all the
available patches for your Office install. You neglected to mention the
version of Office you use. Office Update only works for versions going
back to Office 2000.
Click the "Check for Updates" at:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/officeupdate/default....


"lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
news:42c3de91$0$19741$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
> Hi,
> I have XP Home. I am suddenly unable to open Word. It stalls when opening,
> nothing works to get it working again. Excel works fine as does all the
> other programs. I have tried deleting office but again it stalls when
> trying. I have tried re-installing office, but again, it installs the
> installation files then Windows installer says 'Preparing to install....'
> and nothing happens I just get the egg timer on screen. I have updated and
> run Symantec antivirus, Spybot and Ad-aware. All find nothing relevant.
>
> I am totally stuck and can't seem to find anything relevant on Google
> either.
>
> Please help.
> Lenny
>
June 30, 2005 4:59:21 PM

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lenny wrote:
> Hi,
> I have XP Home. I am suddenly unable to open Word. It stalls when
> opening, nothing works to get it working again. Excel works fine as
> does all the other programs. I have tried deleting office but again
> it stalls when trying. I have tried re-installing office, but again,
> it installs the installation files then Windows installer says
> 'Preparing to install....' and nothing happens I just get the egg
> timer on screen. I have updated and run Symantec antivirus, Spybot
> and Ad-aware. All find nothing relevant.
>
> I am totally stuck and can't seem to find anything relevant on Google
> either.
>
> Please help.
> Lenny

This is from another post from some time ago that I saved.
Will, I hope you don't mind me using this? If you do just say so and it
won't happen again.

Will Denny

1/30/2005 8:16 PM PST
Re: Word
In: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support
Hi

Close Word, open Windows Explorer and search for a file named 'normal.dot',
then delete it. See if you can open your files then.-


Will Denny
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
Please reply to the News Groups


"Ron" <Ron@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:356569AF-69AB-4612-9E18-907F1D70E9CA@microsoft.com...
> Why can't I open my word files any more? It keeps saying that the files
> are
> not available. And when I try to close word it says the file normal
> already
> exists do you want to replace it. No matter which I choose it still won't
> work

Look here for the normal.dat file
C:\Documents and
Settings\yourusername\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates
and find the file Normal.dot

This link may also be of some help
http://www.word.mvps.org/index.html

--
Mike Pawlak
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Anonymous
June 30, 2005 5:07:31 PM

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Just a quick update. Word works when started in safe mode!
Any thoughts?
Lenny

"lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
news:42c3de91$0$19741$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
> Hi,
> I have XP Home. I am suddenly unable to open Word. It stalls when opening,
> nothing works to get it working again. Excel works fine as does all the
> other programs. I have tried deleting office but again it stalls when
> trying. I have tried re-installing office, but again, it installs the
> installation files then Windows installer says 'Preparing to install....'
> and nothing happens I just get the egg timer on screen. I have updated and
> run Symantec antivirus, Spybot and Ad-aware. All find nothing relevant.
>
> I am totally stuck and can't seem to find anything relevant on Google
> either.
>
> Please help.
> Lenny
>
Anonymous
June 30, 2005 5:16:53 PM

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Hi

Search in Windows Explorer for a file named normal.dot. Delete it, then try
to open MS Word again.

--

Will Denny
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
Please reply to the News Groups


"lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
news:42c3e080$0$19762$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
> Just a quick update. Word works when started in safe mode!
> Any thoughts?
> Lenny
>
> "lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:42c3de91$0$19741$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
>> Hi,
>> I have XP Home. I am suddenly unable to open Word. It stalls when
>> opening, nothing works to get it working again. Excel works fine as does
>> all the other programs. I have tried deleting office but again it stalls
>> when trying. I have tried re-installing office, but again, it installs
>> the installation files then Windows installer says 'Preparing to
>> install....' and nothing happens I just get the egg timer on screen. I
>> have updated and run Symantec antivirus, Spybot and Ad-aware. All find
>> nothing relevant.
>>
>> I am totally stuck and can't seem to find anything relevant on Google
>> either.
>>
>> Please help.
>> Lenny
>>
>
>
Anonymous
June 30, 2005 5:22:31 PM

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....And i have noticed that there are two WINWORD.EXE in Processes. I am
unable to close either down.
June 30, 2005 5:22:32 PM

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lenny wrote:
> ...And i have noticed that there are two WINWORD.EXE in Processes. I
> am unable to close either down.

A simple reboot will close them.

--
Mike Pawlak
Anonymous
June 30, 2005 6:03:58 PM

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Hi all,
I deleted normal.dot but am still unable to open Word (Office 2000) I have
then opened Excel and tried to repair from the help menu but again it stalls
on 'please wait while windows configures Microsoft Office 2000 Premium.

Any other ideas?
Cheers
Lenny

"MAP" <mikepawlak2REM@OVEhotmail.com> wrote in message
news:uUjqT6WfFHA.3124@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> lenny wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have XP Home. I am suddenly unable to open Word. It stalls when
>> opening, nothing works to get it working again. Excel works fine as
>> does all the other programs. I have tried deleting office but again
>> it stalls when trying. I have tried re-installing office, but again,
>> it installs the installation files then Windows installer says
>> 'Preparing to install....' and nothing happens I just get the egg
>> timer on screen. I have updated and run Symantec antivirus, Spybot
>> and Ad-aware. All find nothing relevant.
>>
>> I am totally stuck and can't seem to find anything relevant on Google
>> either.
>>
>> Please help.
>> Lenny
>
> This is from another post from some time ago that I saved.
> Will, I hope you don't mind me using this? If you do just say so and it
> won't happen again.
>
> Will Denny
>
> 1/30/2005 8:16 PM PST
> Re: Word
> In: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support
> Hi
>
> Close Word, open Windows Explorer and search for a file named
> 'normal.dot',
> then delete it. See if you can open your files then.-
>
>
> Will Denny
> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
> Please reply to the News Groups
>
>
> "Ron" <Ron@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:356569AF-69AB-4612-9E18-907F1D70E9CA@microsoft.com...
>> Why can't I open my word files any more? It keeps saying that the files
>> are
>> not available. And when I try to close word it says the file normal
>> already
>> exists do you want to replace it. No matter which I choose it still won't
>> work
>
> Look here for the normal.dat file
> C:\Documents and
> Settings\yourusername\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates
> and find the file Normal.dot
>
> This link may also be of some help
> http://www.word.mvps.org/index.html
>
> --
> Mike Pawlak
>
>
Anonymous
June 30, 2005 6:03:59 PM

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Reboot, make sure no Office apps are running. Put your Office CD
in the drive, it should Autoplay to setup. Take the Add/Remove
components option. Uncheck Word and then let Office remove it
from your install. Then reboot again and reverse the process. Sounds
like something is corrupted or missing. Once you get Word re-installed
go to Office Update and get all the Service Packs/Updates for it.
To preclude something in your profile affecting it, I would use the
Administrator account (If Pro) or create a new Administrative account
and log in to it to perform these modifications.
Are you reasonably sure your system if free of "Baddies" ?

"lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
news:42c3edb6$0$19708$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
> Hi all,
> I deleted normal.dot but am still unable to open Word (Office 2000) I have
> then opened Excel and tried to repair from the help menu but again it
> stalls on 'please wait while windows configures Microsoft Office 2000
> Premium.
>
> Any other ideas?
> Cheers
> Lenny
>
> "MAP" <mikepawlak2REM@OVEhotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:uUjqT6WfFHA.3124@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>> lenny wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I have XP Home. I am suddenly unable to open Word. It stalls when
>>> opening, nothing works to get it working again. Excel works fine as
>>> does all the other programs. I have tried deleting office but again
>>> it stalls when trying. I have tried re-installing office, but again,
>>> it installs the installation files then Windows installer says
>>> 'Preparing to install....' and nothing happens I just get the egg
>>> timer on screen. I have updated and run Symantec antivirus, Spybot
>>> and Ad-aware. All find nothing relevant.
>>>
>>> I am totally stuck and can't seem to find anything relevant on Google
>>> either.
>>>
>>> Please help.
>>> Lenny
>>
>> This is from another post from some time ago that I saved.
>> Will, I hope you don't mind me using this? If you do just say so and it
>> won't happen again.
>>
>> Will Denny
>>
>> 1/30/2005 8:16 PM PST
>> Re: Word
>> In: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support
>> Hi
>>
>> Close Word, open Windows Explorer and search for a file named
>> 'normal.dot',
>> then delete it. See if you can open your files then.-
>>
>>
>> Will Denny
>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>> Please reply to the News Groups
>>
>>
>> "Ron" <Ron@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:356569AF-69AB-4612-9E18-907F1D70E9CA@microsoft.com...
>>> Why can't I open my word files any more? It keeps saying that the files
>>> are
>>> not available. And when I try to close word it says the file normal
>>> already
>>> exists do you want to replace it. No matter which I choose it still
>>> won't
>>> work
>>
>> Look here for the normal.dat file
>> C:\Documents and
>> Settings\yourusername\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates
>> and find the file Normal.dot
>>
>> This link may also be of some help
>> http://www.word.mvps.org/index.html
>>
>> --
>> Mike Pawlak
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
June 30, 2005 6:16:47 PM

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I have also tried deleting another unrelated program from 'Add or Remove
Programs' and all I get is the 'Windows Installer' Preparing to remove...
and the egg timer. Maybe it isn't anything to do with Office?
Cheers
Lenny


"lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
news:42c3edb6$0$19708$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
> Hi all,
> I deleted normal.dot but am still unable to open Word (Office 2000) I have
> then opened Excel and tried to repair from the help menu but again it
> stalls on 'please wait while windows configures Microsoft Office 2000
> Premium.
>
> Any other ideas?
> Cheers
> Lenny
>
> "MAP" <mikepawlak2REM@OVEhotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:uUjqT6WfFHA.3124@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>> lenny wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I have XP Home. I am suddenly unable to open Word. It stalls when
>>> opening, nothing works to get it working again. Excel works fine as
>>> does all the other programs. I have tried deleting office but again
>>> it stalls when trying. I have tried re-installing office, but again,
>>> it installs the installation files then Windows installer says
>>> 'Preparing to install....' and nothing happens I just get the egg
>>> timer on screen. I have updated and run Symantec antivirus, Spybot
>>> and Ad-aware. All find nothing relevant.
>>>
>>> I am totally stuck and can't seem to find anything relevant on Google
>>> either.
>>>
>>> Please help.
>>> Lenny
>>
>> This is from another post from some time ago that I saved.
>> Will, I hope you don't mind me using this? If you do just say so and it
>> won't happen again.
>>
>> Will Denny
>>
>> 1/30/2005 8:16 PM PST
>> Re: Word
>> In: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support
>> Hi
>>
>> Close Word, open Windows Explorer and search for a file named
>> 'normal.dot',
>> then delete it. See if you can open your files then.-
>>
>>
>> Will Denny
>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>> Please reply to the News Groups
>>
>>
>> "Ron" <Ron@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:356569AF-69AB-4612-9E18-907F1D70E9CA@microsoft.com...
>>> Why can't I open my word files any more? It keeps saying that the files
>>> are
>>> not available. And when I try to close word it says the file normal
>>> already
>>> exists do you want to replace it. No matter which I choose it still
>>> won't
>>> work
>>
>> Look here for the normal.dat file
>> C:\Documents and
>> Settings\yourusername\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates
>> and find the file Normal.dot
>>
>> This link may also be of some help
>> http://www.word.mvps.org/index.html
>>
>> --
>> Mike Pawlak
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
June 30, 2005 6:22:56 PM

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Yes I am positive that there are no "Baddies" on the computer. This is a
work laptop and I am not in the office where this version on Office is
available. I have 2003 with me though. Is there anything that I can do to
delete the 2000 version? I have tried but with no luck.
Lenny
"R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
news:u3QzXUXfFHA.268@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> Reboot, make sure no Office apps are running. Put your Office CD
> in the drive, it should Autoplay to setup. Take the Add/Remove
> components option. Uncheck Word and then let Office remove it
> from your install. Then reboot again and reverse the process. Sounds
> like something is corrupted or missing. Once you get Word re-installed
> go to Office Update and get all the Service Packs/Updates for it.
> To preclude something in your profile affecting it, I would use the
> Administrator account (If Pro) or create a new Administrative account
> and log in to it to perform these modifications.
> Are you reasonably sure your system if free of "Baddies" ?
>
> "lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:42c3edb6$0$19708$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
>> Hi all,
>> I deleted normal.dot but am still unable to open Word (Office 2000) I
>> have then opened Excel and tried to repair from the help menu but again
>> it stalls on 'please wait while windows configures Microsoft Office 2000
>> Premium.
>>
>> Any other ideas?
>> Cheers
>> Lenny
>>
>> "MAP" <mikepawlak2REM@OVEhotmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:uUjqT6WfFHA.3124@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>>> lenny wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I have XP Home. I am suddenly unable to open Word. It stalls when
>>>> opening, nothing works to get it working again. Excel works fine as
>>>> does all the other programs. I have tried deleting office but again
>>>> it stalls when trying. I have tried re-installing office, but again,
>>>> it installs the installation files then Windows installer says
>>>> 'Preparing to install....' and nothing happens I just get the egg
>>>> timer on screen. I have updated and run Symantec antivirus, Spybot
>>>> and Ad-aware. All find nothing relevant.
>>>>
>>>> I am totally stuck and can't seem to find anything relevant on Google
>>>> either.
>>>>
>>>> Please help.
>>>> Lenny
>>>
>>> This is from another post from some time ago that I saved.
>>> Will, I hope you don't mind me using this? If you do just say so and it
>>> won't happen again.
>>>
>>> Will Denny
>>>
>>> 1/30/2005 8:16 PM PST
>>> Re: Word
>>> In: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support
>>> Hi
>>>
>>> Close Word, open Windows Explorer and search for a file named
>>> 'normal.dot',
>>> then delete it. See if you can open your files then.-
>>>
>>>
>>> Will Denny
>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>>> Please reply to the News Groups
>>>
>>>
>>> "Ron" <Ron@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>>> news:356569AF-69AB-4612-9E18-907F1D70E9CA@microsoft.com...
>>>> Why can't I open my word files any more? It keeps saying that the
>>>> files
>>>> are
>>>> not available. And when I try to close word it says the file normal
>>>> already
>>>> exists do you want to replace it. No matter which I choose it still
>>>> won't
>>>> work
>>>
>>> Look here for the normal.dat file
>>> C:\Documents and
>>> Settings\yourusername\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates
>>> and find the file Normal.dot
>>>
>>> This link may also be of some help
>>> http://www.word.mvps.org/index.html
>>>
>>> --
>>> Mike Pawlak
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
June 30, 2005 6:22:57 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

2003 should update/retain options over the 2000 version. Your
comment about other installer(s) leads me to believe you may
have other issues. I would go slowly, as this maybe one of those
"Quirks" that the more you do, the worse it will become".

"lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
news:42c3f228$0$19704$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
> Yes I am positive that there are no "Baddies" on the computer. This is a
> work laptop and I am not in the office where this version on Office is
> available. I have 2003 with me though. Is there anything that I can do to
> delete the 2000 version? I have tried but with no luck.
> Lenny
> "R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
> news:u3QzXUXfFHA.268@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
>> Reboot, make sure no Office apps are running. Put your Office CD
>> in the drive, it should Autoplay to setup. Take the Add/Remove
>> components option. Uncheck Word and then let Office remove it
>> from your install. Then reboot again and reverse the process. Sounds
>> like something is corrupted or missing. Once you get Word re-installed
>> go to Office Update and get all the Service Packs/Updates for it.
>> To preclude something in your profile affecting it, I would use the
>> Administrator account (If Pro) or create a new Administrative account
>> and log in to it to perform these modifications.
>> Are you reasonably sure your system if free of "Baddies" ?
>>
>> "lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
>> news:42c3edb6$0$19708$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
>>> Hi all,
>>> I deleted normal.dot but am still unable to open Word (Office 2000) I
>>> have then opened Excel and tried to repair from the help menu but again
>>> it stalls on 'please wait while windows configures Microsoft Office 2000
>>> Premium.
>>>
>>> Any other ideas?
>>> Cheers
>>> Lenny
>>>
>>> "MAP" <mikepawlak2REM@OVEhotmail.com> wrote in message
>>> news:uUjqT6WfFHA.3124@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>>>> lenny wrote:
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> I have XP Home. I am suddenly unable to open Word. It stalls when
>>>>> opening, nothing works to get it working again. Excel works fine as
>>>>> does all the other programs. I have tried deleting office but again
>>>>> it stalls when trying. I have tried re-installing office, but again,
>>>>> it installs the installation files then Windows installer says
>>>>> 'Preparing to install....' and nothing happens I just get the egg
>>>>> timer on screen. I have updated and run Symantec antivirus, Spybot
>>>>> and Ad-aware. All find nothing relevant.
>>>>>
>>>>> I am totally stuck and can't seem to find anything relevant on Google
>>>>> either.
>>>>>
>>>>> Please help.
>>>>> Lenny
>>>>
>>>> This is from another post from some time ago that I saved.
>>>> Will, I hope you don't mind me using this? If you do just say so and it
>>>> won't happen again.
>>>>
>>>> Will Denny
>>>>
>>>> 1/30/2005 8:16 PM PST
>>>> Re: Word
>>>> In: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support
>>>> Hi
>>>>
>>>> Close Word, open Windows Explorer and search for a file named
>>>> 'normal.dot',
>>>> then delete it. See if you can open your files then.-
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Will Denny
>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>>>> Please reply to the News Groups
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> "Ron" <Ron@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>>>> news:356569AF-69AB-4612-9E18-907F1D70E9CA@microsoft.com...
>>>>> Why can't I open my word files any more? It keeps saying that the
>>>>> files
>>>>> are
>>>>> not available. And when I try to close word it says the file normal
>>>>> already
>>>>> exists do you want to replace it. No matter which I choose it still
>>>>> won't
>>>>> work
>>>>
>>>> Look here for the normal.dat file
>>>> C:\Documents and
>>>> Settings\yourusername\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates
>>>> and find the file Normal.dot
>>>>
>>>> This link may also be of some help
>>>> http://www.word.mvps.org/index.html
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Mike Pawlak
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
June 30, 2005 7:18:52 PM

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Have all the ideas dried up then? I will try anything, the only problem is
everything that I try doesn't seem to work!


"lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
news:42c3f0b7$0$19721$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
>I have also tried deleting another unrelated program from 'Add or Remove
>Programs' and all I get is the 'Windows Installer' Preparing to remove...
>and the egg timer. Maybe it isn't anything to do with Office?
> Cheers
> Lenny
>
>
> "lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:42c3edb6$0$19708$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
>> Hi all,
>> I deleted normal.dot but am still unable to open Word (Office 2000) I
>> have then opened Excel and tried to repair from the help menu but again
>> it stalls on 'please wait while windows configures Microsoft Office 2000
>> Premium.
>>
>> Any other ideas?
>> Cheers
>> Lenny
>>
>> "MAP" <mikepawlak2REM@OVEhotmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:uUjqT6WfFHA.3124@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>>> lenny wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I have XP Home. I am suddenly unable to open Word. It stalls when
>>>> opening, nothing works to get it working again. Excel works fine as
>>>> does all the other programs. I have tried deleting office but again
>>>> it stalls when trying. I have tried re-installing office, but again,
>>>> it installs the installation files then Windows installer says
>>>> 'Preparing to install....' and nothing happens I just get the egg
>>>> timer on screen. I have updated and run Symantec antivirus, Spybot
>>>> and Ad-aware. All find nothing relevant.
>>>>
>>>> I am totally stuck and can't seem to find anything relevant on Google
>>>> either.
>>>>
>>>> Please help.
>>>> Lenny
>>>
>>> This is from another post from some time ago that I saved.
>>> Will, I hope you don't mind me using this? If you do just say so and it
>>> won't happen again.
>>>
>>> Will Denny
>>>
>>> 1/30/2005 8:16 PM PST
>>> Re: Word
>>> In: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support
>>> Hi
>>>
>>> Close Word, open Windows Explorer and search for a file named
>>> 'normal.dot',
>>> then delete it. See if you can open your files then.-
>>>
>>>
>>> Will Denny
>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>>> Please reply to the News Groups
>>>
>>>
>>> "Ron" <Ron@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>>> news:356569AF-69AB-4612-9E18-907F1D70E9CA@microsoft.com...
>>>> Why can't I open my word files any more? It keeps saying that the
>>>> files
>>>> are
>>>> not available. And when I try to close word it says the file normal
>>>> already
>>>> exists do you want to replace it. No matter which I choose it still
>>>> won't
>>>> work
>>>
>>> Look here for the normal.dat file
>>> C:\Documents and
>>> Settings\yourusername\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates
>>> and find the file Normal.dot
>>>
>>> This link may also be of some help
>>> http://www.word.mvps.org/index.html
>>>
>>> --
>>> Mike Pawlak
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
June 30, 2005 7:18:53 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

http://www.microsoft.com/office/community/en-us/default...

http://www.word.mvps.org/index.html

Mike Pawlak





lenny wrote:
> Have all the ideas dried up then? I will try anything, the only
> problem is everything that I try doesn't seem to work!
>
>
> "lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:42c3f0b7$0$19721$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
>> I have also tried deleting another unrelated program from 'Add or
>> Remove Programs' and all I get is the 'Windows Installer' Preparing
>> to remove... and the egg timer. Maybe it isn't anything to do with
>> Office?
>> Cheers
>> Lenny
>>
>>
>> "lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
>> news:42c3edb6$0$19708$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
>>> Hi all,
>>> I deleted normal.dot but am still unable to open Word (Office 2000)
>>> I have then opened Excel and tried to repair from the help menu but
>>> again it stalls on 'please wait while windows configures Microsoft
>>> Office 2000 Premium.
>>>
>>> Any other ideas?
>>> Cheers
>>> Lenny
>>>
>>> "MAP" <mikepawlak2REM@OVEhotmail.com> wrote in message
>>> news:uUjqT6WfFHA.3124@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>>>> lenny wrote:
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> I have XP Home. I am suddenly unable to open Word. It stalls when
>>>>> opening, nothing works to get it working again. Excel works fine
>>>>> as does all the other programs. I have tried deleting office but
>>>>> again it stalls when trying. I have tried re-installing office,
>>>>> but again, it installs the installation files then Windows
>>>>> installer says 'Preparing to install....' and nothing happens I
>>>>> just get the egg timer on screen. I have updated and run Symantec
>>>>> antivirus, Spybot and Ad-aware. All find nothing relevant.
>>>>>
>>>>> I am totally stuck and can't seem to find anything relevant on
>>>>> Google either.
>>>>>
>>>>> Please help.
>>>>> Lenny
>>>>
>>>> This is from another post from some time ago that I saved.
>>>> Will, I hope you don't mind me using this? If you do just say so
>>>> and it won't happen again.
>>>>
>>>> Will Denny
>>>>
>>>> 1/30/2005 8:16 PM PST
>>>> Re: Word
>>>> In: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support
>>>> Hi
>>>>
>>>> Close Word, open Windows Explorer and search for a file named
>>>> 'normal.dot',
>>>> then delete it. See if you can open your files then.-
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Will Denny
>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>>>> Please reply to the News Groups
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> "Ron" <Ron@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>>>> news:356569AF-69AB-4612-9E18-907F1D70E9CA@microsoft.com...
>>>>> Why can't I open my word files any more? It keeps saying that the
>>>>> files
>>>>> are
>>>>> not available. And when I try to close word it says the file
>>>>> normal already
>>>>> exists do you want to replace it. No matter which I choose it
>>>>> still won't
>>>>> work
>>>>
>>>> Look here for the normal.dat file
>>>> C:\Documents and
>>>> Settings\yourusername\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates
>>>> and find the file Normal.dot
>>>>
>>>> This link may also be of some help
>>>> http://www.word.mvps.org/index.html
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Mike Pawlak

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Anonymous
June 30, 2005 7:18:53 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

lenny wrote:
> Have all the ideas dried up then? I will try anything, the only
> problem is everything that I try doesn't seem to work!
>
>
Have you tried booting into safe mode and doing the uninstall?
Anonymous
June 30, 2005 7:56:19 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

thanks MAP,
I have moved the problem over to that group.
I will keep an eye on this one though incase there are any other ideas.
Lenny
P.S. Thanks for the swift responses.

"MAP" <mikepawlak2REM@OVEhotmail.com> wrote in message
news:%233EpiGYfFHA.4044@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> http://www.microsoft.com/office/community/en-us/default...
>
> http://www.word.mvps.org/index.html
>
> Mike Pawlak
>
>
>
>
>
> lenny wrote:
>> Have all the ideas dried up then? I will try anything, the only
>> problem is everything that I try doesn't seem to work!
>>
>>
>> "lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
>> news:42c3f0b7$0$19721$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
>>> I have also tried deleting another unrelated program from 'Add or
>>> Remove Programs' and all I get is the 'Windows Installer' Preparing
>>> to remove... and the egg timer. Maybe it isn't anything to do with
>>> Office?
>>> Cheers
>>> Lenny
>>>
>>>
>>> "lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
>>> news:42c3edb6$0$19708$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> I deleted normal.dot but am still unable to open Word (Office 2000)
>>>> I have then opened Excel and tried to repair from the help menu but
>>>> again it stalls on 'please wait while windows configures Microsoft
>>>> Office 2000 Premium.
>>>>
>>>> Any other ideas?
>>>> Cheers
>>>> Lenny
>>>>
>>>> "MAP" <mikepawlak2REM@OVEhotmail.com> wrote in message
>>>> news:uUjqT6WfFHA.3124@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>>>>> lenny wrote:
>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>> I have XP Home. I am suddenly unable to open Word. It stalls when
>>>>>> opening, nothing works to get it working again. Excel works fine
>>>>>> as does all the other programs. I have tried deleting office but
>>>>>> again it stalls when trying. I have tried re-installing office,
>>>>>> but again, it installs the installation files then Windows
>>>>>> installer says 'Preparing to install....' and nothing happens I
>>>>>> just get the egg timer on screen. I have updated and run Symantec
>>>>>> antivirus, Spybot and Ad-aware. All find nothing relevant.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I am totally stuck and can't seem to find anything relevant on
>>>>>> Google either.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Please help.
>>>>>> Lenny
>>>>>
>>>>> This is from another post from some time ago that I saved.
>>>>> Will, I hope you don't mind me using this? If you do just say so
>>>>> and it won't happen again.
>>>>>
>>>>> Will Denny
>>>>>
>>>>> 1/30/2005 8:16 PM PST
>>>>> Re: Word
>>>>> In: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support
>>>>> Hi
>>>>>
>>>>> Close Word, open Windows Explorer and search for a file named
>>>>> 'normal.dot',
>>>>> then delete it. See if you can open your files then.-
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Will Denny
>>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>>>>> Please reply to the News Groups
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> "Ron" <Ron@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>>>>> news:356569AF-69AB-4612-9E18-907F1D70E9CA@microsoft.com...
>>>>>> Why can't I open my word files any more? It keeps saying that the
>>>>>> files
>>>>>> are
>>>>>> not available. And when I try to close word it says the file
>>>>>> normal already
>>>>>> exists do you want to replace it. No matter which I choose it
>>>>>> still won't
>>>>>> work
>>>>>
>>>>> Look here for the normal.dat file
>>>>> C:\Documents and
>>>>> Settings\yourusername\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates
>>>>> and find the file Normal.dot
>>>>>
>>>>> This link may also be of some help
>>>>> http://www.word.mvps.org/index.html
>>>>>
>>>>> --
>>>>> Mike Pawlak
>
> --
>
>
Anonymous
June 30, 2005 8:15:21 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

Yes RA, I have tried that but i get a message that say 'the windows
Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if you are running
Windows in safe mode.......

Is there another way of uninstalling in safe mode?

"RA" <none> wrote in message news:uFEFsQYfFHA.2840@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> lenny wrote:
>> Have all the ideas dried up then? I will try anything, the only
>> problem is everything that I try doesn't seem to work!
>>
>>
> Have you tried booting into safe mode and doing the uninstall?
>
>
Anonymous
June 30, 2005 8:15:22 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

I would go to Event Viewer & Clear both the System & Application
Event logs. Then reboot and check each one for Errors (Red Icons).
Post back here, any Event ID#'s that are found

Yes, the Installer service won't be running in Safe Mode. You won't
be able to access the Office .msi package while in Safe mode.

What I might try is go to MSConfig.Exe and "Temporarily" uncheck
all Startups and boot to normal mode and attempt your uninstall. This
will effectively turn off some Security - So unplug your Ethernet or
don't connect to the web while doing this.

Otherwise my only other suggestion would be to try and find someone
who might do a Remote Assistance session to help you out.

"lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
news:42c40c80$0$19704$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
> Yes RA, I have tried that but i get a message that say 'the windows
> Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if you are running
> Windows in safe mode.......
>
> Is there another way of uninstalling in safe mode?
>
> "RA" <none> wrote in message news:uFEFsQYfFHA.2840@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>> lenny wrote:
>>> Have all the ideas dried up then? I will try anything, the only
>>> problem is everything that I try doesn't seem to work!
>>>
>>>
>> Have you tried booting into safe mode and doing the uninstall?
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
June 30, 2005 8:48:08 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

"R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
news:o 9t9JhYfFHA.460@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> I would go to Event Viewer & Clear both the System & Application
> Event logs. Then reboot and check each one for Errors (Red Icons).
> Post back here, any Event ID#'s that are found

Events to follow

> Yes, the Installer service won't be running in Safe Mode. You won't
> be able to access the Office .msi package while in Safe mode.

Thanks

> What I might try is go to MSConfig.Exe and "Temporarily" uncheck
> all Startups and boot to normal mode and attempt your uninstall. This
> will effectively turn off some Security - So unplug your Ethernet or
> don't connect to the web while doing this.

I have tried this and it starts OK but when 'Gathering required
information...' it gets to 3 green bars and then hangs again.

> Otherwise my only other suggestion would be to try and find someone
> who might do a Remote Assistance session to help you out.
>
> "lenny" <lenny1097@hotmail.nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:42c40c80$0$19704$cc9e4d1f@news.dial.pipex.com...
>> Yes RA, I have tried that but i get a message that say 'the windows
>> Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if you are
>> running Windows in safe mode.......
>>
>> Is there another way of uninstalling in safe mode?
>>
>> "RA" <none> wrote in message
>> news:uFEFsQYfFHA.2840@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>>> lenny wrote:
>>>> Have all the ideas dried up then? I will try anything, the only
>>>> problem is everything that I try doesn't seem to work!
>>>>
>>>>
>>> Have you tried booting into safe mode and doing the uninstall?
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
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