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Excel 2000 won't open

by flint811 / November 22, 2003 2:30 AM PST

Hello, my work computer has office 2000 sr-1 on it, and I tried downloading something off microsoft(i don't remember what). Now excel won't open without my office 2000 sr-1 CD(which I do not have). My outlook and word work fine, but my toolbar won't open as well. Is there anyway to fix this without the cd(if there is a way), but you can't post it IM me at you.

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Re:Excel 2000 won't open. After a patch is applied.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 22, 2003 3:08 AM PST
In reply to: Excel 2000 won't open

To curb piracy and assure that people own the Office product, Microsoft put code into the updates to require the CD to do the update. Without the CD, you may lose the function until you satisfy Microsoft's demands.

Ever feel like you were being held at gunpoint over this? Even if you feel badly about this, there is a workaround which I use if a person is on the road and needs to fix this without running to some store and buying a new Office with CDs. Here it is:

Go to and download and install Open Office. For most, the SpreadSheet, Word processor and presenter (a powerpoint compatible) will work just fine.

Sorry to see you step into this issue, but you'll need that CD to get out of this trap.


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Update Prompts
by TracyJobes / March 17, 2006 4:01 AM PST

Does this mean that installing OpenOffice will prevent the installation /update prompts? I hope's maddening. I am plagued by these prompts, even though I have the original installation CD's and have downloaded all updates. (most of them fail tho...)

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Re: update problem
by Kees Bakker / March 17, 2006 6:33 AM PST
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If you've got the original CD I don't see the problem. Use it to uninstall Office, then reinstall. Good chance it will help. If not, try Microsofts office removal wizard in between. And, if necessary, Microsofts windows installer cleanup tool. Post for links (if necessary) if the simple uninstall/reinstall doesn't work.

All together, they've got a good chance to get you rid of this prompts.

Hope this helps.


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Re: OpenOffice
by Kees Bakker / March 17, 2006 6:36 AM PST
In reply to: Update Prompts

I'm sure Bob means to use Calc from OpenOffice as a replacement for Excel, not as a remedy. After all, if a program doesn't work, and you can get another program doing the same things for free, why not use it?


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