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Suddenly, starting today, every time I open Microsoft Word, it kicks off the installer for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 (which I also have installed on my PC). Both applications have been on my PC and running fine for a long time now. I didn't do anything different (knowingly) that could cause this.

Any advice for how to stop this?

Thanks in advance,

Steve
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by:redrumkev
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skbohler,

How are you doing?

What is your O/S?
What version of Office Suite?

If you are using vista, click start, then type in event (in the Start Search, right above the task bar). Open Event Viewer.

On the left, under Event Viewer (Local) - go to - Windows Logs - then click - applications. You can right click applications and then Filter Current Log. Under Event Sources, check
Microsoft Office (11 or 12, depending on if you have 2003 or 2007), Visual Studio 2005.

This is going to filter down the list to these. See if there is an Event ID or something that can help us pin-point the error message/code. You may not have to do all this filtering if you try to open Word and then open the Event Viewer, since the error should be near the top of the log.

Kevin
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by:skbohler
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Hello Kevin,

Thank you for your reply.

I tried what you suggested. The only thing that matches the filter seems to be some old errors a few months old.

I got rid of the filter and watched the most recent things, and saw:

Detection of product '{D407F7C0-579E-4CCB-91FD-855CE5084E86}', feature 'VB_for_VS_7_STD' failed during request for component '{DD68FEE8-C369-11D1-A173-00A0C90AB50F}'

Product: Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition - ENU -- Error 1706.An installation package for the product Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition - ENU cannot be found. Try the installation again using a valid copy of the installation package 'vs_setup.msi'.

Detection of product '{D407F7C0-579E-4CCB-91FD-855CE5084E86}', feature 'VB_for_VS_7_STD', component '{7A1D13DE-15EC-4546-A601-7A93B31E7A91}' failed.  The resource 'C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\RedistList\VSList.xml' does not exist.


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by:redrumkev
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skbohler,

By the last line "Dectection of product ..." I think you have a .NET 2.0 installer issue.

Go to Control Panel - Add/Remove - Uninstall .NET Framework 2.0

Then you can reinstall it, from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0856eacb-4362-4b0d-8edd-aab15c5e04f5&displaylang=en

Make sure you have installer 3.1:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/893803

Also - you can download and install the .NET Framework 3.5:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/0/f/60fc5854-3cb8-4892-b6db-bd4f42510f28/dotnetfx35.exe 
Then (sounds like a lot here, huh):
There is a service pack for .NET Framework 3.5:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ab99342f-5d1a-413d-8319-81da479ab0d7&displaylang=en

Another thing - you might just want to try skipping the uninstall of 2.0 altogether and just download 3.5 (after you look at the installer 3.1, to make sure you are good with that). Install 3.5 and then do the SP1 for 3.5 and that should fix your issue, allowing VB 2005 to do its thing when it needs to do whatever is causing the error.

Sorry for the long way around all of this, but this was we can get you up-to-date and solve your issue, hopefully in fewer postings!

Let me know,
Kevin
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by:skbohler
ID: 23724259
Hi Kevin,

Thanks.

When I run the installer, it tells me it's already installed on the system.

The 3.1 installer is not for Vista, right (the page seems to imply that).

The file that the error message says is missing, isn't on my PC, and it's not on my other Vista PC as well.

Strange.

Steve
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by:redrumkev
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Steve,

That is ok, that is what we are going to fix with the updates. In your posting above (23721073) you didn't say you had vista, so I was not sure if you had XP or Vista. With Vista, the Installer is better than 3.1...

Ok - Try downloading .NET 3.5 Above and install that. This should update your .NET 2.0 (which is having the error) to the new 3.5 version.

See if that helps (it won't hurt, has 3.5 is better than 2.0, anyways).

Kevin
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by:skbohler
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Kevin,

I installed .NET 3.5, but it hasn't helped, unfortunately.

Steve
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redrumkev earned 2000 total points
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Steve,

Go to Control Panel - Uninstall Programs - and on the left - View Installed Updates. Let the list load and on the right side (might have to scroll over horizontally) sort by date. See if anything was installed in the last (whenever this thing started) few days. If there are some that are related to VS2005 or Office, uninstall it (or them). Restart and see if that fixes it.

Could be an update that does not play well with your configuration.

Kevin
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by:skbohler
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Kevin,

I'm not sure if it timed right with the problem (it seems a bit early), but there were some Security Updates for MS Office 2007 about 12 days ago.

I guess I can try uninstalling those updates.
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by:skbohler
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That was it!

Thanks!
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by:redrumkev
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skbohler,

Glad we were able it get it, I knew we would,... I just wasn't sure how many postings it would take.

On a side note, if you did keep .NET 3.5 installed, download the service pack for it (SP1, in the above postings) as there are some needed security fixes for it that will help protect your system.

Thank you for the grade A and you communication throughout the process!
Kevin
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