Microsoft Office 2003 keeps asking me to accept the EULA in Windows 7

by cab

I’ve upgraded my PC to Windows 7 64-bit.

The problem is that after reinstalling Office 2003 (a legit copy, I’ll have you know!), every time I open an Office application (e.g. Word, Excel or Outlook), I have to accept or decline (if I decline the application closes) the Microsoft Office End User Licence Agreement. This is a right PITA. Some of the solutions such as :

and accepting the licence (license for our American cousins) as an administrator (if you’re not already an admin) may work for you. In my case, it didn’t. I’m already an admin, but this EULA window kept on popping up.

However, this works. Bizarrely.

  • Open up the C: drive.
  • Click on “Program Files (x86)” and then “Microsoft Office” and then “Office11″.
  • Scroll down until you see the Excel .exe.
  • Right click and select “run as administrator".  Accept that user agreement one more time and you’ll never have to do it again. This also accepts this for other apps such as Word, etc.

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Comment from: Andrew [Visitor]
5 stars

THANK YOU for this solution for getting rid of never-ending EULA request with legit copy of Office 2003. It worked, at long last…! THANK YOU!

03/04/10 @ 02:58
Comment from: Kim [Visitor]
5 stars

Thank you so much. I thought it was something I overlooked when upgrading to windows 7. But running one of the office tools as admin & accepting the EULA did it!

04/02/10 @ 02:44
Comment from: Bob [Visitor]
5 stars

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
I don’t know how many times I did a reinstall with countless different options selected to see what if anything I was doing wrong.
Again Thank you

06/27/10 @ 02:01
Comment from: cab [Member]

Blimey, glad I helped out Bob there :-)

It was a frustrating problem, but the resolution is of real worth to a lot of people.

06/27/10 @ 19:38
Comment from: Deanna [Visitor]

I have this same problem, but your solution isn’t helping. When I use all of the steps outlined and I get into “Office11″, my list does not contain “Excel.exe” nor any other .exe programs.

Here is what I did.

On my list I have Excel - which type is “application” and Excel - which type is “Microsoft Office Setup".

I right-clicked on the Excel “application” one and then clicked “run as administrator".

I went further down the list and did the same for WINWORD, which is Microsoft Word for your documents. I did not download Office Outlook on mine as I use a different email program, so I didn’t worry about that one.

08/10/10 @ 16:23
Comment from: Johnboy [Visitor]
5 stars

Mate, you are now an official Hero of the Office Union (First Class)! Thanks for passing on this help, it’s the little niggly things that bug us most, isn’t it!

08/18/10 @ 16:50
Comment from: cab [Member]

I just love comments like that. It makes the ‘net seem such a friendlier place. :-)

08/18/10 @ 21:50
Comment from: homepage [Visitor]

Nice post, thanks!

08/26/10 @ 01:21
Comment from: Tammy [Visitor]
5 stars

Thank you for your post - just tried it and finally found something that worked!

08/29/10 @ 04:33
Comment from: Steve [Visitor]

Thanks for the info. I just tried it and voila !!

One more for the good guys !!!

Thanks again.

09/01/10 @ 14:13
Comment from: Lisa [Visitor]
5 stars

BLESS YOU. It worked!

10/29/10 @ 01:32
Comment from: Kim [Visitor]
5 stars

You are a life saver !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are totally awesome…thank you 1 million times over.

11/03/10 @ 17:15
Comment from: Loretta (Visitor) [Visitor]
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Loretta (Visitor)

Your advice is worth its weight in gold. No more annoying EULA pop ups.
Thank You!

12/30/10 @ 20:25
Comment from: AKA [Visitor]
5 stars

I was going nuts with this but your solution work 100%. THANKS

01/03/11 @ 15:19
Comment from: anonymous [Visitor]
5 stars

Thank you very much for your help!

01/19/11 @ 11:06
Comment from: Doug [Visitor]

Wow, you saved me. The acceptance was messing up the ability to export from quickbooks. This fixed it.

01/24/11 @ 12:57