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Prevent "Microsoft Setup Bootstrapper" from running? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a process that starts multiple copies of Excel 2013 (with /automation -Embedding).

    This is working well, except sometimes.

    Sometimes, the "Microsoft Setup Bootstrapper" (C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared\OFFICE15\Office Setup Controller\setup.exe) will be started up by Excel (with -Embedding). When it does, all other instances of Excel are 'blocked'.

    Is there any way to prevent this from happening?

    If I rename that "setup.exe" application, Excel will crash.

    I have add this registry key (HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\excel\Options) with NoReReg=1  as suggested by other sources. But that does not prevent it.

    I find that when I manually open Excel, the "setup" program does not get run. And while Excel is open, the automated processes do not attempt to invoke "setup". After closing Excel, the automated processes still do not invoke "setup" for a while. Then, after 10-15 minutes(?) it starts running the "setup" program each time again.

    Any suggestions?

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 6:25 PM

Answers

  • It turns out that if I run the process as a local administrator, the problem goes away. The setup program does not run each time. 

    For this scenario, that is acceptable, and let's us keep working.

    • Marked as answer by Glen Little Tuesday, August 11, 2015 11:29 PM
    Tuesday, August 11, 2015 11:29 PM

All replies

  • Hi Glen,

    >> I have a process that starts multiple copies of Excel 2013 (with /automation -Embedding).
    I am not sure what you mean by “with /automation -Embedding”? Could you share us your code to start excel files?

    >> Sometimes, the "Microsoft Setup Bootstrapper" (C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared\OFFICE15\Office Setup Controller\setup.exe) will be started up by Excel (with -Embedding). When it does, all other instances of Excel are 'blocked'.

    As my research, Bootstrapper is an application (executable) designed to initialize the installation and setup of a program like Microsoft Office 2013. I am not sure why it was started up automatically by Excel. Could you share us a screen shot about this? 

    Best Regards,

    Edward


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    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 6:58 AM
  • Hi Edward,

    I'm not sure what I'd screen shot, as there is nothing to see except the entries in the system Task Manager.

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 3:53 PM
  • Hi Glen,

    To be honesty, for a screen shot, I want to check what “Office Setup Controller\setup.exe” is, and how it affect your Excel. At my side, I could not find such setup.exe in the same file path. How your Office install, with click to run or msi edition? What’s your Office version, Home, personal or others?

    I suggest you repair your Office, and then test your process again.

    If you still get this issue, I suggest you copy your project to other PC, and test your process.

    Best Regards,

    Edward


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    Thursday, August 6, 2015 7:04 AM
  • Thanks Edward.

    I've got Office 2013, installed from the Office Professional Plus 2013 w. SP1 ISO image. Hence the OFFICE15 folder names. The product is Activated.

    I've repaired it, uninstalled/installed it, etc. to no avail.

    However, it seems to be better now... we ran the process under a local Administrator account once or twice, then set it back to the normal user account. After that, it didn't try to run setup each time. There is no indication of what changed.

    But... after a reboot, the problem was back, and setup is run each time.

    In searching the registry, it is referenced here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Office15.PROPLUS 

    It is also found in a few other locations, including a "LocalServer32" entry in the CLSID {7EA9A8FA-F5D2-49E1-99E8-C26EE07FCE15}.

     

    Thursday, August 6, 2015 5:22 PM
  • Hi Glen,

    I checked my registry, but I failed to find such a key. What I could think out is I assume that it is related with your system environment, I suggest you create VM or test in another PC to check whether it happened.

    Best Regards,

    Edward


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    Friday, August 7, 2015 11:20 AM
  • It turns out that if I run the process as a local administrator, the problem goes away. The setup program does not run each time. 

    For this scenario, that is acceptable, and let's us keep working.

    • Marked as answer by Glen Little Tuesday, August 11, 2015 11:29 PM
    Tuesday, August 11, 2015 11:29 PM