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Fixing "Please Wait While Windows Configures Visual Studio .NET" Error

If you get an error in Visual Studio .NET 2003 every time that you hit the F1 key for context-sensitive help that says “Please Wait While Windows Configures Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Edition 2003″, then you are in luck, because I have a solution.

Normally you’d have to hit the Cancel button, or else it would give you an error about the source files being unavailable, something along the lines of “No valid source could be found for product Visual Studio .NET…”

The solution is to run the following command from a command line:

regsvr32 “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MSDN\CookDoc.dll”

Problem solved.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/20/07

Comments (2)

  1. Gavin

    Nice one.

    We were getting this while trying to build an installer project on our CI machine. Most annoyingly the project would build once OK had been pressed. I didn’t hold out much hope of this working – but it did!

  2. William Conrad

    Windowsxp 2003 my office files were deleted by Ccleaner. Installed Office Enterprise 2007.
    Everytime I start up my computer and open any office application Windows Installer configures Office Enterprise. After 5minutes it opens the application. Once the computer remains on I can safely open any of the Office applications. Once the computer reboot or turned off and back on the problem repeats itself.
    How can I get the computer to stop constantly installing and configuring Office applications everytime I restart my computer.

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