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.