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MS Excel 12.0 Object Library not found in user PC

Posted on 2010-09-20
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Situation:
I have a program developed in Visual Studio 2005.  I have MS office 2007 installed in my XP computer, and I add reference to MS Excel 12.0 Object Library.
The program runs fine at my computer, however an error message pops up on users PC, which has MS office 2003 only.  The error message states MS Excel 12.0.0.0 Object Library is not found.

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Is there anyway to work around this?
I did some research and some ppl talked about detecting the assembly and add the reference at runtime.  Is there any code for reference?
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Question by:mishelper
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you can go late bound (no reference in your application, everything declare as object).
you can also (what I prefer) use a 3rd party components like http://www.aspose.com/categories/.net-components/aspose.cells-for-.net/default.aspx
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On computers where you have excel 2003, open them and add the Excel 11 reference instead. It should work, unless you're using any function that was added for 2007 only.
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Thank you emoreau, is there any sample code you can share?

Than you Cluskitt, I cannot compile the program with your suggested way.  Visual Studio doesn't allow me to declare Excel objects as the reference is not found at my PC (developer PC)... I just cannot compile.
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Yes, I know. I didn't read your question right, my bad. :P

As for code, see here to explain differences between late and early binding: http://www.dicks-clicks.com/excel/olBinding.htm
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If you must support users with Excel 11.0, then you must either (a) do as emoreau suggests and use Late Binding or (b) do your final build on a machine that is representative of the minimum supported environment (i.e. a machine with Excel 11.0 installed). Option (a) is the preferred method.
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Or you could just deploy the Office 2007  Primary Interop Assemblies (PIA) along with your application.   That will put the missing Excel 12.0 Object Library on the PC
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=59daebaa-bed4-4282-a28c-b864d8bfa513&displaylang=en 
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