Microsoft Office and Visual Studio install problem


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I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. I love it. Works great. All my programs, 32bit and 64-bit work fine. My only problem is 2 programs that I can't install!

1. Microsoft Office
2, Microsoft Visual Studio

I tried Office 2007 and 2010.
I tried Visual Studio 2005 and 2008.

First Office:

Both with Office 2007 and 2010, it says that it installed OK. But when ever I try to open an office file (word, excel.... etc...) the doc starts opening but at the same time an installation window comes up that says it's installing configurations. If I wait a few minutes, it will open OK. Also, if I cancel the installation window, the doc will open OK. I tried installing only ONE application, like only WORD, but the same problem happens. THEN I tried to UN-install to install again but installing again doesn't solve the problem.

With Office 2010 I tried both 32-bit AND 64-bit. Both had the same problem.

With Visual Studio:

Both 2005 and 2008 had the same problem. It just doesn't install! I will zip through installation proccess in a few seconds and say that it had an error installing and that I should go to the Microsoft website to see how to resolve my installation issue. Of course I could not find any solotions there or I wouldn't be writing here.

What is wrong? How do I get Office onto my computer?????

p.s. I think it's a registry issue that I read about alot on the net. I did all the work arounds (reg files that give you admin control) but NONE helped. One even made my computet unbootable and I had to restore it.

The registry issue is terrible and I think bigger programs are not able to be installed because of it.

Any help would be great. Thank you.


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Hi zvit,
when you installed 7 was it an upgrade or clean install?


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Clean install


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Are you able to check regedit.exe to see if you have an entry?

If so, go to the following key and see if you have such an entry:

rename MachineThrottling to _MachineThrottling"

I got this off another forum, and even though I have Office 2007 installed, I do not show any values for this key. If you do show MachineThrottling, you might try changing it to _MachineThrottling if you feel comfortable, but be aware changing the registry could cause problems for you. Back it up first if you feel a need.


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No, I don't have any entries there.


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Microsoft Community Contributor
Well, another WAG! If you have a firewall (and/or antivirus) running you might try shutting it down while you install. The reason I suggest is that I see Zone Alarm warning me about msi access quite often. It may be something totally different, but something to try. Disconnect from the net to be safe if you want.

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