Microsoft Word 2007 Keeps Registering

My trials with Microsoft Vista continue. I had issues in the past with iTunes continuously configuring itself, and now Microsoft Word 2007 doing something similar. I never had these problems with Windows XP, only on Vista.

This time Microsoft Word continued to auto-register itself whenever it was launched. I wouldn’t mind it so much, but it caused a 2 minute delay from the time I clicked the icon until it finally opened. Back to Google’s search I went and found a solution that worked.

Two Minute Registration

Word Icon

As I explained above after installing Microsoft Office 2007 on my laptop, I was greeted with a windows when starting Word. The window indicated that Word was registering itself on the system. Thinking it was a one-time thing, I let it go. To my curiosity, it happened the second time I launched Word, and continued each time I wanted to use the program.

The delay was significant: about 2 minutes each time. I couldn’t use Word until it had completed with its registration. Annoyed, I went online to find a solution.

After some quick searching, I found a solution that works. Microsoft indicates this: “we do not recommend this because Word may not function correctly if it cannot auto-register itself”, but I have yet found any problems after implementing the solution.

Fixing Word 2007 Auto-Registration

To disable the Word registration, you can use the following steps:

  1. Close down any open Word programs.
  2. Open the registry:
    • For Vista users, click “Start” and enter “regedit” in the “Start Search” box.
    • For Windows XP users, click “Start->Run” and enter “regedit” into the “Run” dialog. Click “OK” to continue.
  3. Navigate to the following key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER

     Software

      Microsoft

       Office

        12.0

         Word

          Options

  4. On the right side of the screen, right-click a blank area and then select “New->DWORD value”.
  5. Replace “New Value #1″ with “NoReReg” and press “Enter”.
  6. Right-click the new value and select “Modify”.
  7. In the “Value data” box, enter “1″ and then click the “OK” button.
  8. Click “File->Exit” to close the registry.

The next time you start Microsoft Word, you shouldn’t see the registration window. It worked for me, so hopefully it will do the same for you.



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4 Comments

  1. Posted December 7, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

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  2. Nida Sea
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Nice! Wonderful tip, did the job and word starts up perfectly! Most appreciated :)

    - Nida Sea

  3. willy
    Posted September 11, 2009 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    thanks for sharing
    very nice info

  4. Idrees
    Posted September 9, 2009 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    I never had these problems you mentioned with Vista. Word 2007 has never done this for me. Maybe it was already fixed before I used it.

    Glad you found a solution to the problem!

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