Workstation Setup Installs MSAPPS Files Locally

ID: Q111687

The information in this article applies to:


When you do a workstation installation of Microsoft Office, the Setup program may copy the MSAPPS files to your local hard drive even if (during the administrative install) you had specified that they should be run from the server.

You do not receive a message informing you that these files are being installed locally, and after Office is installed, it functions correctly.


This problem occurs primarily in the following situations:

NOTE: This problem may also occur in other situations. The situations described here are those that have been confirmed.


To resolve this problem, follow the procedure below appropriate to your situation.

You Are Using Network Software That Does Not

Support the Universal Naming Convention (UNC)

If Setup cannot establish a persistent UNC connection to the MSAPPS network server, the MSAPPS files are installed to your local hard drive. This can occur if your network does not support UNC, if UNC support is broken, or if the network administrator has changed the UNC path in the network server confirmation dialog box to a non-existant path or to a logical path (using a drive letter).

If you cannot enable UNC support, you may be able to work around the problem by doing the following:

   1. Perform a Workstation install of Office. (This will copy the MSAPPS
      files to your local hard drive.)

   2. Make a backup of your WIN.INI file.

   3. Run Office Setup again in maintenance mode, and choose the Remove
      All button to remove Office (including all of the shared

   4. Exit Windows and delete your WIN.INI file. Rename the backup of your
      WIN.INI file to WIN.INI. Start Windows again.

   5. In a text editor, such as Notepad, open your WIN.INI file. Locate the
      [MSAPPS] section. This section should appear similar to the


   6. Change the path to each of the applications in this section to point
      to the correct server location for the MSAPPS applications.
      NOTE: Use a logical path (drive letter).

   7. Search your WIN.INI file for the following sections and change the
      path to any shared application to point to the server as described

         [MS Text Converters]
         [MS Spreadsheet Converters]
         [MS Graphic Import Filters]
         [MS Proofing Tools]

   8. Run Office Setup again, and perform a Workstation installation.

   Because the paths in the WIN.INI file are pointing to the server, Setup
   updates the applications in place, that it, Setup will configure your
   computer to run the shared applications from the server.

If Your Local REG.DAT and/or WIN.INI Has Entries

Pointing to Previous MSAPPS Files on Your Local Hard Drive

If an MSAPPS directory already exists under your local Windows installation, the Setup program will probably install the shared components there, instead of installing them to the MSAPPS directory on the server.

To avoid this problem, do the following to remove any existing references to the MSAPPS directory from your WIN.INI and REG.DAT files, and then run Setup again:

CAUTION: Changes you make to the registration database are not supported by Microsoft. Be sure to make a back up copy of REG.DAT before you modify this file.

1. Make a backup copy of both the WIN.INI and REG.DAT files.

2. In the WIN.INI file, search for the following sections, and comment out

   (place a semicolon in front of) the lines in this section which include
   paths to any of the shared applications:

      [MS Text Converters]
      [MS Spreadsheet Converters]
      [MS Graphic Import Filters]
      [MS Proofing Tools]

3. In the REG.DAT file, do the following to delete the MSAPPS references:

   a. In Program Manager, choose the Run command from the File menu.

   b. In the Command Line box, type "Regedit /v" (without the quotation
      marks), and choose OK.

      This command will start Registration Info Editor.

   c. In Registration Info Editor, choose Find Key from the Search menu and
      type "MSWordArt" in the Find What box.

   d. When MSWordArt is selected, choose Delete Key from the Edit menu.

      Repeat steps c and d to search for and delete the rest of the MSAPPS
      keys from the registration database. To determine which keys to
      delete, look at the entries in the [Embedding] section of your
      WIN.INI file. Find the entries that are installed to MSAPPS. The word
      to the left of the equal sign in the WIN.INI entry is the key name
      you should delete. The key names you should delete may include any of
      the following:


   e. After you delete the appropriate keys, choose Save Changes from the
      File menu, and choose Exit.

4. Run Office Setup again.

The shared applications should now be installed to the MSAPPS directory on the specified network server.

For additional information, please see the following article(s) in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

   ARTICLE-ID: Q122964
   TITLE     : How to Rebuild the Reg.Date File and Re-Register

The Server, Share, and Directory Name of the

MSAPPS Directory on the Server Exceeds 63 Characters

If the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path is longer than 63 characters, the Setup program will install the shared components to an MSAPPS directory on the local hard drive instead of on the server. The UNC path includes the following:


To avoid this problem, make sure your UNC path does not exceed 63 characters.

The Administrative Setup (SETUP/A) Was

Done Locally on a Non-Dedicated Server

If you do a SETUP/A to the local hard drive on a non-dedicated server, (as in Windows for Workgroups), the Setup program defaults to the following location:

   MSAPPS Network Server C:

If the Network Server is referred to simply as "C:" this causes the workstation setup procedure, when run from other machines, to install shared components to their local C drives instead of to the server.

However, if you try to do a SETUP/A to your own hard drive and try to specify its server and share name as the MSAPPS Network Server, you will receive an error message indicating that the server and share cannot be found on the network.

To avoid this problem, do the administrative installation to the non- dedicated server from another computer instead of locally. When you do the SETUP/A from another machine, you can specify the server and share name correctly, as follows:

   MSAPPS Network Server   \\servername\sharename

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Last Reviewed: September 10, 1996