I get Error 1706 when using Office 2003

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I need help in fixing this error: Error 1706. Error 1706 comes out when I use Windows Installer and Office 2003. My OS is Windows XP. I am  puzzled by this problem and don’t know how to fix it. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Answered By 0 points N/A #114159

I get Error 1706 when using Office 2003

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Error 1706 can pop up from your screen because of the following:

  1. Office was originally installed from a network administrator
  2. The installation from the network administrator is no longer available
  3. You might be trying an Office CD-ROM and you were prompted by Windows Installer for the Office source
  4. Cancel was clicked on when the user was prompted to insert the CD

Now, since the files in the administrative installation are not compressed, and the files on the CD-ROM are, the Windows Installer is not able to resolve the difference between these two.

To understand this issue better, please visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297834.

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I get Error 1706 when using Office 2003

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The normal cause of this error is generally about missing files. If ever you tried installing something on your computer then error 1706 suddenly pops up, its cause was missing file or files.

If you are installing from a CD or a DVD disc and this error appeared, check the ribbon cable of the optical drive if its connection to the optical drive’s connector is secured. Check also the supply connector of the optical drive if it is secured on the port.

If you are installing from a network drive, check your connection again. It is possible that the location of the installer is no longer available to you. If you are going to install from a network drive, the best thing to do is to copy the installer to your local drive and do the installation there. This way you are sure that all of the files needed are all available.

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I get Error 1706 when using Office 2003

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I reinstalled Windows Installer and Office 2003 just as what you suggested and then restarted my computer. The error 1706 did not appear again. I was able to complete the installation. I am really grateful for your answers. Luckily, I have come across this site. 

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I get Error 1706 when using Office 2003

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