Fix: Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office message

If every time you open Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office 2010, Outlook 2010 or any application, you receive the following message: Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office and it configures itself every time when it is running, you might want to read this article.

Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office

Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office

To resolve this issue you can try the following troubleshooting steps:

1. Repair Office installation.

2. If you have a previous version of Office installed, such as Office 2003 or Office 2007, follow these steps:

Click Start, click Run, type the following command, and then press Enter:

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

Check if the problem is resolved.

3. If this problem persists, try this:

Click Start, click Run, type the following command, and then press Enter:

secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose

See if the problem has been solved.

4. Start the Office program in safe mode.

If the problem does not occur in the safe mode, this issue might be related to some third-party add-ins in the Office program, you can try to disable them. Normally, you could do the following to disable the conflict add-ins in your Office program. To disable the add-ins, follow these steps:

  • On the File menu, click Options, click Add-ins, click Go next to the Manage field that displays “Com-in Add”.
  • Check if there is any add-ins, and then clear the checkbox to disable them.
  • Close the Office program and restart it.
  • Add one check back each time to the list of Add-Ins, restart the Office program, and repeat the above procedure. Once the issue reappears again, we can determine which add-in causes this problem and then disable it.

However, if the problem still persists you can visit KB2528748, download Fix it 50780 and use it to fix the problem. If all fails, well, uninstalling Office completely and re-installing it, is the only option you may have.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.