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Windows 7: Last night's Windows auto update has crippled Office 2010 Starter!

12 Sep 2013   #1

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Last night's Windows auto update has crippled Office 2010 Starter!


As I shut my machine down last night Windows informed me it was doing 15 updates, which I allowed it to do.

This morning, the machint took a little extra time to boot up, I guess because it was finalising configurations.

Now I see all my icons for Word/ Excel in the folders and on Desktop have turned orange. When I click on a Word/ Excel Icon I get a dialogue box promting me to Activate an already purchased copu of Office 2010, Go online to purchase, or Try Office free for a limited time.

I have tried a Repair on Office 2010 Starter, but that has made no difference.

I am, however, able to open the documents by opening the application (Word/ Excel) and searching for the documents via the application's Open dialogue box.

Does anybody know what I need to do to fix this?


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12 Sep 2013   #2

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

It may be a case of uninstalling the relevant update/s. There have been some known issues with the latest round of updates with Office 2007 and 2013 as far as I'm aware. Mine updated this morning before I came to work so I'll check and see if mine has been affected tonight when I get home.
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12 Sep 2013   #3

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

The updates should have automatically created a system restore point before they were installed. Restore your system to theat point.
EDIT: Sorry Boozad, crossed due o my slow typing!
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12 Sep 2013   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello John,

The repair option didn't help me either. I had to uninstall Office from "Programs and Features", then reinstall it for it to fix mine without losing anything.
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12 Sep 2013   #5

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM

Not posting this to pick an argument but why does anyone allow Microsoft autoupdates? This is yet another example why I wait days, weeks or months before applying Microsoft updates - I've been burned before and learned my lesson. No experienced sys-admin allows this so why do individual users do it?

I hope some users come away from this experience with a "lesson learned." Unless there is an existing and active exploit in the wild that you know would affect you directly, it is best to wait before applying Microsoft updates.

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13 Sep 2013   #6

Windows 7

I am having this same issue at work. I don't know much about pcs and don't know how to go back to the restore point. I viewed the updates and it said to uninstall an update click uninstall update. However, I couldn't figure out how to do that.
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13 Sep 2013   #7

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

Hi lawgirl and welome to the Forum. First off it is always better to start a new Topic here then you get help on you particular problwm. By tagging on to another thread gets the two confused. However this might help you with your present problem:
Windows Update - Uninstall an Update
If there is anything in the guide that you do not undersatnd please come back and one of us will be happy to help.
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13 Sep 2013   #8

Win7 Ultimate X64

This is a known problem by MS they released a statement acknowledging the issue but have yet to release a fix, maybe next update tuesday but hopefully before or there is the option of uninstalling/reinstalling as Shawn has done, personally im not going to just incase it doesnt work think i will wait a while to see if there is a fix and as i dont auto update its not a problem
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16 Sep 2013   #9

Win 7 x64

I have helped several customers over the past few days with this issue. I posted a video to my YouTube channel of how I've been fixing the problem. Hope it helps.

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