Excel formula problems after Windows Update

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May 11, 2010 at 03:33:13
Specs: Windows 2003 sp2
Hi, We have 5 windows 2003 terminal servers. Couple of weeks ago I updated them with the latest fixes. I did not select the office updates. Since a week or so we are having troubles with Excel that it does not calculate (sometimes it does sometimes it doesnt) when you change a number in a column. Strange thing is that if you start up Excel and then open the file (file, open) it works ok, but if you use explorer or a shortcut to open a sheet then the problems begin. I assume this has something to do with an update from Windows, since I have 1 terminal server not updated yet and all works fine there. Does anyone has any clue about this? Thanks.

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May 11, 2010 at 07:20:36
You could try running a Detect & Repair on the problem machines.

On the Task Bar,
Detect & Repair

You may need the install media.



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May 11, 2010 at 07:26:56
Thanks for responding Mike, I will try that.
Mike (lol)

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May 21, 2010 at 02:13:58
This option seemed not to have helped.
I think a security patch for Windows 2003 server caused this.
Now to find out which one.


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May 21, 2010 at 07:17:11
Three more things you could also try:

Start Excel in Safe Mode,
This starts Excel as if it were the first time after Setup.

Click Start
Click Run
Type in: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Excel.exe /s

This will bypass:
all files in any Excel startup folder,
all Add-ins ( the addins will display but are not loaded.)
Only the original installation default toolbar setting is used and any Excel specific registry information, with only the original default registry settings are used.

That may help you track down the culprit.

You could also try:


First run the /unregserver to have Excel unregister itself.

Then run /regserver to have it rewrite all of its registry keys and re-associate itself with all of the Excel files.

Just as an afterthought, I would imagine that you have already checked the Shortcut properties to make sure Excel is being started correctly, not with some odd combination of options.



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