Missing Driver?

Posted on 2004-11-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-26

In a fit of folly I happened to delete applications from the Start Menu, and hoped for the best.  Afterwards, I went to the Recycle Bin in the fruitless desires of returning all apps to their rightful locations.

Now none of my Office apps (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) seem to work.
I believe I have unknowingly removed a driver ... or some vital .dll file.  Is anyone aware of precisely what *.dll file I might be missing?  I'm horrified by my sheer stupidity.

The last resort would be to re-install Office .. but .. I'm hoping it doesn't have to be that way.

Thanks for any advice and guidance!  I greatly appreciate it!
Question by:jmc430
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    Assisted Solution

    You can try an office "Reinstall or Repair".

    Assisted Solution

    You deleted off the start menu...this leads me to belive that only the link to the programs are gone. Try this, click Start>Run>Type "winword" (no quotes); do the same with "excel", "msaccess", & "powerpnt". Or explore your
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office directory for those exe files and double click. If this works here then create shortcuts back to the start menu (drag and drop). If it does not work what errors come up?

    LVL 8

    Assisted Solution

    If you are using XP or above, why not just you system restore. If your using 2000 or below, why not go into the control panel, add/remove programs, select remove, and a dialog will pop up asking if you want to reinstall, repair, or remove. Obviously, go with repair, and all will be fine. This is faster than doing a reinstall.

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    Accepted Solution

    Why not just reinstall Microsoft Office?  It should only take a few minutes to reinstall and then you are sure of replacing all misplaced/deleted files.

    Then once Microsoft Office is completely installed, go ahead and goto and do all the updates needed for office.

    To me that would be the easiest and most pain free answer.

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