January 6, 2012

Microsoft Office Asks User to Accept License Agreement Each Time An Office Program Is Launched

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Symptom:  On Windows Vista or Windows 7, each time a Microsoft Office program is launched the user is asked to accept the license agreement.  This will typically happen on versions of Office older than 2007.

Problem:  Due to the difference in the way that user rights are handled in Windows XP and Windows Vista/7, older versions of Office don’t run with the required rights to change the necessary registry keys indicating that the license agreement has been accepted.

Solution:  Launch each Office program that is exhibiting this behavior by right-clicking on the icon and choosing “Run As Administrator”.  Accept the license agreement.  Subsequent launches should no longer cause the prompt.

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