XLL addin registry key automatically deleting

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XLL addin registry key automatically deleting
 
Sean Devenish




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We have an addin that is used by a lot of clients, it has both a COM and an XLL addin component.

In one particular instance, the client has run the installer but the XLL addin component is not registering. On inspection of the registry, the normal 'OPEN' key in Excel/Options is not there. I manually created the 'OPEN' key pointing to the relevant adxloader.dll, however when the user opens/closes Excel, the key is removed.

Do you have any ideas as to what might be happening that the 'OPEN' key is not being created on install, and being automatically deleted?

Many thanks,
Posted 19 Feb, 2017 21:36:11 Top
Andrei Smolin


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Hello Sean,

Does the issue occur if all other Excel add-ins and COM add-ins are turned off? Is the issue reproducible on a new empty XLL add-in (you can uncomment the test method supplied)?

Regards from Belarus (GMT+3),

Andrei Smolin
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Posted 20 Feb, 2017 04:23:40 Top
Sean Devenish




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The client had no other Excel addins (unusual I know!)

Also, we can't interrupt them frequently, so it might be difficult to create an installer for them just to install an empty test XLL addin... is there any other way of ascertaining what might be going on?
Posted 20 Feb, 2017 05:07:34 Top
Andrei Smolin


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I don't know if such a way exists; there's still little information.

Sean Devenish writes:
I manually created the 'OPEN' key pointing to the relevant adxloader.dll, however when the user opens/closes Excel, the key is removed.


Is that key gets deleted as soon as you starts Excel? Or, it gets deleted when Excel closes?

Is this a network profile?

Regards from Belarus (GMT+3),

Andrei Smolin
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Posted 20 Feb, 2017 05:11:50 Top
Sean Devenish




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Hi Andrei,

it is deleted as soon as Excel is started. The computer is not on a network.
Posted 20 Feb, 2017 05:17:02 Top
Andrei Smolin


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In the Task Manager window, is Excel started under that user's name?

Is the add-in listed in the File | Options | Add-ins dialog? Under what header?

Regards from Belarus (GMT+3),

Andrei Smolin
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Posted 20 Feb, 2017 05:29:46 Top
Sean Devenish




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Hi Andrei, Excel is started under that users name. The add-in does not appear at all in the add-ins dialog, and there is no 'OPEN' key in the registry under Excel/Options.
Posted 20 Feb, 2017 06:21:10 Top
Andrei Smolin


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Sean,

Is there a value pointing to your add-in in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\{version}.0\Excel\Add-in Manager key?

Sean Devenish writes:
The add-in does not appear at all in the add-ins dialog


Is this the Excel Add-ins dialog? I was asking about the Add-ins tab on the File | Options dialog.

Regards from Belarus (GMT+3),

Andrei Smolin
Add-in Express Team Leader
Posted 20 Feb, 2017 06:35:50 Top