"Error 1706 No valid source could be found for product Microsoft Office 200

By groer ·
I installed a new hard drive, put XP Pro on it and then did all the windows updates incl SP2.
Then I insalled Office 2000 which works fine for me - admin account.
My wife's account is a standard user. When I try to open Word from her account I get
"Error 1706 No valid source could be found for product Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1 Professional. The Windows installer cannot continue"
After cancelling 3 times Word runs. But next time - it goes through the same thing again.
I can't find this same problem on MS website. They have got this error - but not from the same cause.

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by animatech In reply to "Error 1706 No valid sour ...

your problem sounds like a permission problem.
You might want to try and grant your wife special permission via GP on the local machine.
Or make the program file folder shared to authenticate users.

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problem solved

by groer In reply to MMM

Microsoft knowledge base article 258847 solved my problem. I pretended that I was using Windows NT 4.0 and edited the registry as suggested - problem solved!

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Did you ever find a Fix?

by dvann In reply to "Error 1706 No valid sour ...

I am having this same problem in a computer lab. When student's log in (standard users) and try to open Word from their accounts, they get the Error 1706. I can log in as administrator and open Word just fine. If you find a fix let me know.....Thanks

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1706 error

by sailsmart In reply to Did you ever find a Fix?

I don't see how Admin access changes the fact that I have an error message on a product install. And I am in the admin mode. I have office 2000 and it works perfectly. The 2007 gives an error message 1706. Can anyone give me a hint here?

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How to resolve

by jim.mantle In reply to "Error 1706 No valid sour ...

Change the user that is getting the problem to be a computer administrator.
Log into the account.
Put the Office CD into the drive.
Start Word.
Quit Word.
Log out.
Chaneg the account back to Limited.

As best as I can determine, on first startup Office wants to install something, but because the account is Limited it doesn't have update permissions to some file, directory, or registry entry.

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Works Great!

by issy In reply to How to resolve

Following Jim's suggestions solved the problem.

The back and forth steps involved is a small price to pay, as opposed to the repeated questioning by Users.

Many thanks!

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Me, too.

by mslipson In reply to How to resolve

Jim's solution worked for me. Must have been an issue of permissions, as he said. The Microsoft message about 'no source' was erroneous.

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Worked for me too.

by liarma In reply to How to resolve

I've been having this issue for a long time, on a machine running Windows XP.

Your elegant solution worked just fine, without messing with regedit and all that.

I reckon that your conclusion is correct, since one can observe that the problem occurs in limited user accounts, whereas as an Administrator, Office 2000 loads as it should: smoothly, like a summer breeze.

Thank you ! ! !

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what I do

by Sue T In reply to "Error 1706 No valid sour ...

is when I setup the computer I make an account I am then going to use for the default profile. I give it admin rights, start all programs, make all the changes I want and then change it to a standard user and set it to be the default. This seems to take care of all of those issues and if I am doing a whole lab I make an image and clone the rest.

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