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Office 2007 configures itself at every launch in retail Vista OS

I'm having the exact same problem as this topic:

However I need further assistance because I just bought Vista Ultimate (retail) and did a fresh clean install with a format to C: even.  A fresh install was the accepted solution but in my case it appears there is more to it.  I installed Vista about 4 days ago and after installing Office 2007 Professional (with EVERYTHING selected to run from the hard disk) I can't seem to launch ANY office application without the "Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office Professional 2007" and then 2 minutes of configuring taking place each and every time I launch an office app.  There are many solutions and KB articles for other versions of Office and Windows but I need a solution for Vista and 2007.

Please help!  Thanks!
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(with EVERYTHING selected to run from the hard disk) << did you install or have it on a disc, office will not run properly if not on a disc, I believe it must be installed off a disc first.
Do you have a standard account in Vista or an administrative account.

sounds like you have a partial install actually.
Or the shortcuts you have created donot point to the true directories, if you have fully installed office 2007 not the beta versions, then Office automatically provides the necessary shortcuts as per your preferences at setup.
Click on ...
Start | Run
type in msconfig, click on OK.
Click on Startup tab.
Find Office or similar in listing and remove "tick".
OK from the screen.
This will NOT remove the program, but will prevent in from running when you
start your computer.

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Yes I installed it off the full retail DVD (not beta), went to Custom install and under every option (Outlook, Word, even Shared Office Tools etc) I selected Run from Hard Disk, so everything got copied to my hard drive.  I installed Office as an Administrator account, but I do have Standard User accounts on the system as well.

As for your second comment, there is no entry in msconfig for Office under the start up tab.  And the problem isn't when i start my computer, it's that the configuration dialog appears every time I launch an Office application.
I installed Office as an Administrator account, but I do have Standard User accounts on the system as well.<< are you logged in the Administrator account?
or the Standard account

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Yes, Installed as Administrator.

I already mentioned I've done a clean install: "did a fresh clean install with a format to C: even" and that's why I posted the question again.  I installed office 2007 within 4 days of formatting C: and installing Vista, that's pretty fresh!

My vista dvd is not the upgrade edition, so I had no problem doing a clean install.
pdotnet: please appreciate that I am not in front of your computer, the clean install I provided is a hidden version, not the normal proceedure... if you were aware of this exact install proceedure great,
 I provided it only as a means for you to check  if you had followed thoses exact proceedures..
Please check thru the proceedure I have provided and note to yourself if that is how you clean installed.
Self-healing system
Windows Vista helps you keep your computer running reliably by automatically detecting and resolving many known problems—requiring little or no effort on your part. If Windows Vista cannot solve the problem by itself, it will give you a set of steps to follow so you can fix the problem on your own. If there is no solution available, you can report the problem online and receive a solution as soon as one is available.

I have no other answers for you, I believe it is how this office is installed, if your running the standard user account maybe you have to setup office in the standard user account and allow it to install automatically not manually.
Your comment here>>went to Custom install and "under every option"
 (Outlook, Word, even Shared Office Tools etc) I selected " Run from Hard Disk", << I have never seen this option in Office installs, if this some special key that comes with office 2007 that gives you the choice to run from the hdd not the cd?
Put the office cd in the drive while in the stand user account and repair it.

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At this point I'm willing to try re-formatting and re-installing again, and then making Office the first thing I load on, before creating any user accounts, before anti-virus and before running windows updates and see how that works out.

I'm not sure what you mean by "special key"... I'm installing using the dvd and for each office component I selected that everything be run from my computer.  Sorry, when I said "Run from Hard Disk" I meant to say "Run from My Computer" (which is essentially the same thing).  

Please see this image:

The only reason I mentioned this is because that was a proposed solution from other threads I've been reading across the net and wanted to make it known to the experts who read this what possible solutions i've already tried.  
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Well, a re-format and re-install of Vista (the regular way), and then installing Office 2007 first before anything else seemed to work.  I can open Word, Excel and Outlook many times over without that "please wait while Windows configures Office" dialog appearing every time.

Unfortunately re-installing an OS is not an easy option for most people, so I feel we haven't really identified or solved the cause of the problem, only confirmed a work-around.  There had to have been a reason WHY it was happening.  Hopefully Microsoft is able to address the issue.  I've posted this problem in their public support forums as well.  

Thanks Merete for your prompt and detailed respones!
Great to hear pdotnet and thank you very much, it could have been the custom install of office, the wrong account, and running an AV during setup often times will corrupt the installs of most programs and games.
Cheers Mate