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Windows 7: I can no longer access Word or Outlook - need a solution

29 Jun 2014   #1
TommyO

windows 7
 
 
I can no longer access Word or Outlook - need a solution

I've been using Office Home & Business 2013 for over a year. I use Word and Outlook every day. But starting on Friday I get this message when I try to use these programs: "Office is busy. We're sorry WINWORD.EXE can't be used right now because Office is busy. We're either updating or helping you add or remove some programs." I also get the same message when I try to use Outlook.

I can sometime access these programs if I Restart the computer. Of course it's ridiculous to have to restart my computer every time I want to use an Office program.

Can anyone give me a solution. By the way, I installed the Office program with a Product Key. I bought the package from either Amazon.com or Micro Center.


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29 Jun 2014   #2
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Have you got an anti virus program installed and if so is it up to date? If yes to both then try running the free version of Malwarebytes
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29 Jun 2014   #3
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

In addition to mitchell65's suggestions try repairing Office. Open Control Panel, select Programs & Features, scroll down to Microsoft Office, right click on it & select Change & then follow the Repair options listed.

Also check that you have the latest Office updates. Open any Office program & Select File, then Account & there will be a check box for Update Options, click on that & there is an option to Update Now if you wish.
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29 Jun 2014   #4
TommyO

windows 7
 
 

This advice did the trick - "Open Control Panel, select Programs & Features, scroll down to Microsoft Office, right click on it & select Change & then follow the Repair options listed."

I wrote this solution down on a card in case I'll need it again.

Thanks
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29 Jun 2014   #5
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TommyO View Post
This advice did the trick - "Open Control Panel, select Programs & Features, scroll down to Microsoft Office, right click on it & select Change & then follow the Repair options listed."

I wrote this solution down on a card in case I'll need it again.

Thanks
You are welcome. Happy to have been able to help.
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30 Jun 2014   #6
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TommyO View Post
This advice did the trick - "Open Control Panel, select Programs & Features, scroll down to Microsoft Office, right click on it & select Change & then follow the Repair options listed."

I wrote this solution down on a card in case I'll need it again.

Thanks
That's fine but you have only perhaps attended to the symptoms not the cause! I really think it would pay you to do what I suggested in my earlier post! It can do no harm and just might stop the same problem re occurring!
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