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When my Windows XP workstation boots up an error pops up and says "Microsoft Excel is waiting for another application to complete an OLE action>" What does this mean and how can I stop this from happening?

I am using MS Office 2003.

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OLE object linking and embedding.

Your spreadsheet perhaps has a document from another application housed inside of it and that app isn't working right
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Hi SStory. Thank you for your post. The problem is that I am not opening a spreadsheet. This error just pops up when I first boot the machine.

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So something is running Excel on boot apparently and trying to load a document. It could be OK or even be some sort of bug trying to execute a bad macro, but that seems far fetched.

msconfig

Then look in that program to see what is scheduled for Startup.
Is Excel in that list or anything that calls excel.exe?

If so uncheck it.  If not, install WinPatrol and it has a section on Startup apps that has a checkbox that will show hidden locations that may be trying to start them.
You might also boot in safe mode to see if it does it then also.
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