Microsoft Office constantly configuring itself

Sometimes when you open some software in the Office suite (Word, Outlook, etc.) it will constantly configure itself, even if it’s configured itself before. This applies to Office 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Example: You open Word from the desktop, and a box appears in the middle of the screen saying that it’s configuring.

Resolution: To fix this, simply hold down the Windows (Start) key and the R key on your keyboard to bring the Run… prompt up. Type the following command into the Run… prompt:

For Office 2003: reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

For Office 2007: reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

For Office 2010: reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

For Office 2013: reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

You will see a box appear on the screen briefly before disappearing. This means it’s complete, and you shouldn’t encounter the issue any more.

  • CY

    You’ve helped me solve this annoying Configuring issue. My problem is only with opening Word files and not Powerpoint or Excel. I am using MO2010 Home and Student edition on Windows 7 64 bit. I first installed this version of the Office a few years back on my Lenovo laptop and everything was okay then. Yesterday I had to reinstall Windows 7 due to frequent hangup problems and that is when this configuring issue appears. I’ve tried several methods given by kind people on the internet but none worked. Your instructions are written in a manner that is easy to follow. Thanks a lot!