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Windows 7: Can only access MS Office help files as an administrator

28 Jun 2016   #31

Windows 7 64 bit

I watched the video at the link you sent me. The procedure for copying files folders from the old to the new profile, and then deleting the old profile, is straightforward. Yet it may not be so easy to implement in my case. In the video example there are two folders worth of data to copy; in my main, i.e. admin user folder there are nearly 50 GB distributed between three \users folders. I can copy the contents of two of the folders to the third folder and then delete the two that don't have data copied to them, but I'm concerned that overwriting data in the folder receiving the copied data will distort the original data. It's not a task I'm eager to take on without help.

As I said above, the data in my admin user account is distributed between three \users folders. Two of the folders have only the \appdata folder and its subfolders. In the third folder is the \appdata folder and subfolders, and the user data files in various folders, that I use. The Microsoft help files are in two of the \users\appdata\Local folders. I thought, "what if MS Excel and Word are confused by having to look in two help folders instead of one?" To test that theory I renamed the help folder in one of the Local folders and copied the help folder from the other Local folder into it. It didn't enable access to the help files in the admin user account. Access to the online help in the other user account and the Administrator account was unchanged.

I have the feeling that if I combine the data from all three \users folders into the one original folder, it'll solve the problem, but I don't know how. Is it safe to combine appdata folders in the one folder that remains?

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28 Jun 2016   #32

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

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If you want a quick and easy solution to the Office problem then try LibreOffice it is free and all the Microsoft Office stuff is compatible. I have it on three machines now that Microsoft have blocked me from activating 2007 and 2010 just because I have installed it on different drives even when drives have gone bad and I find it as good as if not better than the Microsoft stuff in some ways.
Thank you very much for that suggestion. I haven't given thought to using an alternative to MS Office. When I ran Linux on my system years ago I used LaTex as an alternative to MS Word or Wordperfect. I heard about OpenOffice but didn't use it. At the time I ran Windows on another partition, so I switched to using Word and WP when I needed to. I'm willing to use LibreOffice since it's compatible with MS Office. The fact that it's open source indicates that it's dependable and of good quality. Since the word "Libre" in French means free, as in liberated, I think the program was first developed in France; can you confirm that?

For now I'm concentrating on solving my problem with MS Word and MS Excel, since doing so may reveal something about my system that I need to at least be aware of. It's far from being a trivial problem.
Sorry late reply I can't say where it originated but I can say I find every bit as good and with some features betters than the Microsoft 2007 and 2010 at least see my pic for my favourite feature

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28 Jun 2016   #33

Windows 7 64 bit

Additional information about my admin user configuration:

When programs were installed on my system, I installed them as the admin user. The programs copied data during installation into either one of the two user folders under appdata\local. That's how there came to be more than one appdata folder. The user data, such as Word docs and spreadsheets, has always been stored in the older of the two folders.

The system has operated fine with this configuration, aside from the problem with access to the Office help files, so it's not clear whether this is the cause of that problem or not. It just seems like it would be because no other user account, including the other actual user account, has this abnormality.
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28 Jun 2016   #34

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

The most important thing to do before you make any changes to your stored data is to have a back up copy.

The only problem I can see with combining the folders would be if there are any duplicated names. This can easily be overcome by just renaming them.

Have a look at how the other users data folders are set up. That is, the users account that doesn't have the Help file problem & use that as a guide for combining & naming, if necessary, your folders etc..

Once you get all the data folders sorted out & hopefully the Help files problem fixed you could delete the old Admin account.
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28 Jun 2016   #35

Windows 7 64 bit

The backup copy won't be a problem. I'd make a backup image of my hard disk before combining the appdata folders and deleting one of the appdata folders.

I'm reluctant to do that, however. There are many duplications of folders I'd have to rename. I also haven't seen evidence in what you sent me or told me that I'd no longer have the problem with the help file access once I combine folders. It seems logical that that would solve the problem but it's not conclusive. What if it has more to do with files in the Windows folder? The solution to the problem may be more complicated than simply combining files, which leads me to believe that a Microsoft technician, or even a Microsoft power user would know best how to solve it. They may know of another way to access the help files.

What I want most to avoid is to do all the work of combining files, only to find out that it makes no difference in my ability to access help files, for the sake of one user account.

I downloaded and installed the MS Office Help tab add-in as a workaround for the time being. I still can't use the online help feature while in Word or Excel but I can use certain features like a link to the online MS community.

If I don't find a quicker way of solving this, I'll probably have to create a new admin user account to replace the one I have. That'll involve the most work, but will ensure that I'll have the same access to the help files as the other user account. I'll keep this forum informed of my progress. Thanks again for your help. Progress has been made; how much, I don't know.
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28 Jun 2016   #36

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

I really don't know if combining the folders as you have suggested would solve the problem & the only way to find out is to experiment & see.

Does the user that does not have the Help files problem have access to the same Office folders that you have?. If they do then it would seem likely that combining the folders would solve the problem.

Also if the "no problems" user has access to all the folders, perhaps you could copy their folder arrangement & paste it into your Admin account & delete your folder arrangement. This is only a suggestion & may save you a lot of work.

I am sorry I cannot provide more help, as I have never come across this problem with Office.
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08 Aug 2016   #37

Windows 7 64 bit

Hello Ranger and townsbg,

It took a while, but I at last found a solution that didn't involve taking my system apart. Here's a summary of what I did:

1) copied help files from one user account in AppData\local to the same folder in two other user accounts.

2) renamed the Microsoft help folders in the AppData \ local folders for those three users.

Neither of those methods worked, so I tried this third way, which did, after discovering that MSIE 11 hung immediately when starting and terminated after about 30 seconds.

3) Uninstalled MSIE 11, which reverted to MSIE 10. I still couldn't access the help files. I then uninstalled MSIE 10 (it took over an hour for the MSIE 11 update to be removed). MSIE then ran as v. 9.

I'll be glad to know what you think about why the help feature worked for two users and not for the other, the primary user. I'm just glad the help function works completely now without having to sacrifice more than a little functionality in MSIE. You can read posts from other Windows users who have had this problem @

Again thanks for your help with this. The path to finding the solution was long but necessary. You steered me in the right direction.
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08 Aug 2016   #38

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

Well done. There is no doubt perseverance wins out in the end. Thanks for getting back with your solution.

I suppose you are referring to Microsoft Internet Explorer when you mention MSIE. The only problem I can see is that versions other than IE 11 are not very secure, so it might be worth reinstalling IE 11 again & see if it causes the same problem.

I can't offer any solution as to why you had this problem with some users & not others.
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