XL5 Err Msgs: "Excel Busy..." or "Application Can't Be
The information in this article applies to:
|Microsoft Excel for Windows, version 5.0|
Microsoft Excel 5.0 for Windows may not be able to function
properly as an Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) 2.0 server if OLE
2.0-related entries in the REG.DAT file are missing, damaged, or
If you attempt to embed a Microsoft Excel version
5.0 object into another application when either of these conditions
are true, you may receive either of the following error messages:
The action cannot be completed because
EXCEL is busy.
You may also lose your ability to drag selections
from one OLE 2.0- compliant application to another.
The server application, source file, or
item cannot be found. Make sure the application is properly
installed, and that it has not been deleted, moved, or renamed.
When you embed a Microsoft Excel 5.0 object in another
application, such as Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows, the following
entries must be present in the REG.DAT file (located in the WINDOWS
directory) in order for the embedding process to function properly:
Microsoft Excel 5.0 ApplicationIf any of these entries are missing, or
if any of them are damaged or corrupted, you may not be able to
embed Microsoft Excel 5.0 objects in other applications.
Microsoft Excel 5.0
Microsoft Excel 5.0 Worksheet
OLE (Part 1 of 5)
(Part 2 of 5)
OLE (Part 3 of 5)
OLE (Part 4 of 5)
(Part 5 of 5)
first three entries shown above are automatically entered in the
REG.DAT file every time you start Microsoft Excel version 5.0. When
you launch Microsoft Excel, it registers itself by copying
information from the EXCEL5.REG file (located in the Microsoft Excel
directory) to the REG.DAT file.
Note that the five OLE entries are not automatically reregistered
if they are deleted or if they become damaged or corrupted. In order
for these entries to be replaced, do the following to reregister the
OLE2.REG file with the REG.DAT file:
In extreme cases (for example, if
the above steps do not allow Microsoft Excel 5.0 objects to be
embedded into other applications), you may need to totally rebuild
the REG.DAT file. For more information about rebuilding the REG.DAT
file, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge
- Start File Manager.
- Switch to the WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory.
- Select the OLE2.REG file.
- From the File menu, choose Run.
- In the Run dialog box, choose OK.
You should receive a
message similar to the following:
Information in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\OLE2.REG has been
successfully registered in the registration database.
- Choose OK.
How to Rebuild the Reg.Dat File and Re-Register Applications
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