Office EULA opens every time I open any Office program

When you install Microsoft Office in your Windows operating system, the first time when you open it, you’ll receive a license agreement prompt to accept for this software. It is known as End User License Agreement (EULA) and you have to accept it once. Now you can use Office without any hitch. But if this is not true in your case, and if your Office 2013 EULA opens every time you open any of the Office components, including Outlook, you’ll get frustrated.

Microsoft-Office-2013-EULA

This normally occurs if your User Account does not have permissions to modify the Microsoft Windows Registry. To solve this problem, you may try to reboot the system, log in as administrator and accept the terms once again.

Even if after doing this, you continue getting the EULA window again and again, then try this registry fix:

Office EULA opens every time

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put regedit in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

 Microsoft Setup Bootstrapper has stopped working while installing Office 2013

2. Navigate here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\15.0

Microsoft-Office-2013-EULA-1

3. In the left pane of this registry location, right click over the key named 15.0 and select Permissions. You’ll get following window:

Microsoft-Office-2013-EULA-2

4. In the above shown window, from the Group or user names section, highlight the Users (Computer Name\users) option and in Permissions for Users section, check mark the Allow option against Full Control. Click Apply followed by OK. Now open any Office component program e.g. Word and accept the EULA.

5. Now go the the same Permissions window shown in previous step and remove the check mark which you have applied, click Apply followed by OK. Close the Registry Editor, reboot the machine and recheck the status if issue by opening any Office component, you’ll find that problem is resolved.

NOTE: On a 64-bit version of Windows 8/10, you may have to work with the following key, instead:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\15.0

This should work!

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.

4 Comments

  1. DeadInHell

    This seems to be the only fix that anyone presents across the web for this problem, but it does nothing for me. Neither running as administrator nor doing the registry permissions fix do anything to change the problem for me. Every single time I open any Office program I have to agree to the EULA without fail. I can’t stop it.

  2. Log in as Administrator. Right-click on the Office program shortcut and select “Run as Administrator”. Accept the EULA. Do this once for every Office program. See if this helps.

  3. ^^ Also make sure you’ve completely removed the traces of previous Office installation, if any!

  4. Andro

    Hi, If we go to program files where excel application file is present and right click on with and run as administrator, it will also ask to accept EULA and once closed, it will not ask again. I tried this in Windows 7.

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