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activeX component can't create object office 2003 all after formatting/reloading

Posted on 2006-05-03
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Last Modified: 2012-06-22
EDIT --- Just realized it happens when i open word, has nothing to do with that certain file... I just open word and fun begins...

OK i just formatted my drive, reloaded windows xp, office 2003 and then installed acrobat professional. Everytime i open up a word document i get the "activeX component can't create object"  i hit ok then a file conversion window pops up the top bar (blue title bar?) says File Conversion - ~$lidCoverterPDF   and gives me the option to select the encoding, options are Windows (Default)  MS DOS and Other Encoding,  i just select Windows (default)  and then another error box appears which says "The add in template is not valid.  (C:\..\STARTUP\~$lidConverterPDF.dot)       i click ok and then the word document loads... It seems to be loading fine, i compared the same file being opened up on another computer running same version of office.. office 2003...  the file opens up with no problems on my other computer... On the problem computer in OFFICE 2003, i clicked on TOOLS and chose TEMPLATES and ADDINS and removed the check box from the GLOBAL TEMPLATES and ADD INS, i unchecked everything in there, tried reloading the document and still got the same error.. It is annoying to go through this everytime i open up a word document... Anyone know of a quick fix?? I searched EE for a solution but nothing was a close match to my problem.. I tried registeing a DLL file  but that didnt fix the problem, maybe im registering the wrong one... i tried this solution below, but it didnt work

Cause 1: DAO Is Not Properly Registered
On the computer that hosts Microsoft Windows Terminal Server or the
computer on which Microsoft Access is installed, click Start, and then
click Run.
Type regsvr32 followed by the path to your DAO file. Enclose this path in
quotation marks. For example, to register the DAO 3.6 library, use the
following command:
regsvr32 "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\DAO\DAO360.DLL"
Question by:PaigePeople
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bruintje earned 2000 total points
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Hi PaigePeople,

if it starts when you open word, then it probably tries to load an addin stored in the word startup folder this article deals with a few things http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA011514521033.aspx and of our interest is
How to find the location of the Word Startup folder

You can determine where the Word Startup folder is located by using the following steps:

   1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
   2. On the File Locations tab, under File types, select Startup.

so what you can try is

1. Open Word
2. On the Tools menu, click Options.
3. On the File Locations tab, under File types, select Startup.
4. note this path down
5. close Word
6. move all files in that folder to somewhere else
7. start Word again

hope this helps a bit

Author Comment

ID: 16600067
it fixed the problem.... i have had issues in the past when i had to do the same thing, not sure why i didn't think of this... Nice work... everything seems to be working great... thanks!!!!
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Expert Comment

ID: 16600135
glad it does, thanks for the grade :)

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