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    Office error after importing old settings into XP

    I have just bought a new PC with Windows XP preinstalled. I installed Office 2000 and all was well, but after importing all the settings and files from my old PC using the XP wizard, I now get an error when starting and ending Office applications:

    Microsoft Visual Basic "Compile error in hidden module: AutoExec".


    Uninstalling and reinstalling Office did not help.

    Martin

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    Re: Office error after importing old settings into XP

    Probable cause of the problem: you had some add-ins installed (like Adobe Acrobat, for example), but these third-party programs are no longer in the same locations as they was in your old computer. "Uninstall" utility DOES NOT REMOVE all your Office files completely, and some templates still resides in your computer.
    Check ALL your STARTUP folders (there are suppose to be at least five of them) and rename all suspicious files. (For example, PDFMaker.dot to PDFmaker._ot or something like that.) For Excel, check all XLSTART folders. If you reinstall your third-party programs already, after fixing the problem reinstall them once again (or rename back their plugins).

    Next time use settings import with caution, especially when you import settings from different operating system.

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    Re: Office error after importing old settings into XP

    Thanks. I was able to get rid of the error from Word but not from Excel despite renaming the PDFMaker.xla file in XLSTART. The exact errors in Excel are:

    AutoExecNew when starting
    DistMon when closing

    Martin

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    Re: Office error after importing old settings into XP

    If you see something like aware97.xla try to rename it too.

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    Re: Office error after importing old settings into XP

    I didn't see anything like that. I searched for all .xla files and tried renaming them all, but still had the same problem.

    Martin

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    Re: Office error after importing old settings into XP

    The last attempt: try to rename
    cocuments and settings < your account name >Application DataMicrosoftExcelExcel.xlb
    and start Excel (it will create a new one). If problem persists, I don

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    Re: Office error after importing old settings into XP

    Many thanks, but I'm afraid that didn't work either. If I find the answer I'll post it here.

    Martin

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    Re: Office error after importing old settings into XP

    Renaming files in XLStart may not help. If the file is in XLStart, Excel will try to open it and if it recognizes the file, even though it has the wrong name, it may open it. Remove the files from XLStart and see if that helps.
    Legare Coleman

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    Re: Office error after importing old settings into XP

    That did it! Many thanks. The culprit was PDFMaker.xla that resisted renaming!

    Martin

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