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Microsoft issues Office 2k reg. bug patch
No more unwanted registration requests
Microsoft has posted a patch to remedy the registration bug that has plagued Office 2000 users in some of the world's biggest organisations since 15 April.
The bug invokes Office's Registration Wizard, even if the user has already registered the product, typically through the purchase of a Select Customer volume licence. In many cases, the bug is merely annoying, forcing the user to get rid of an unwanted window. In some cases, dismiss the window too often and Office ceases to function, or enters what Microsoft calls "Reduced Functionality Mode". The only way to get it back is to register the software with Microsoft.
The patch, available here, is offered in a number of forms, for a variety of Office configurations.
"We believe that the fix should address all cases where Office 2000 users are receiving registration prompts," Microsoft said in a statement. "Any users who get the unexpected prompt may dismiss the dialogue box and continue working." ®