Saturday, 9 November 2013

Office 2013(Word 2013) always crashes on Windows 7

I newly installed Office 2013 a few days ago and cannot get Word to load.  It always crashes either when I try to create a new document from a template or I try to open an existing one.

One caveat is I also installed Visual Studio Professional 2013 on the same PC, you’ll see why that’s relevant in a sec.

There are a few fixes on the internet but the one that did it for me was to disable a COM component that wasn’t working.  The particular COM object that wasn’t working for me was: Visual Studio Tools for Office Design-Time Adaptor for Word

To disable this COM object do the following:

  1. Type Windows Key + R to get the run bar up
  2. Type “winword /safe” to load Word in safe mode
  3. Once in Word, go to File –> Options.
  4. On the next screen, click on the Add-Ins screen at the bottom left, it should look like this :
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  6. Glick on the Go button next to the Com objects dropdown.
  7. Here you will see a list of all COM components running when Word runs normally.  I disabled the COM component listed above.
  8. After I restarted Word normally, it was running fine.
  9. You may need to experiment with disabling other COM objects if this does not work for you.

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