Microsoft Office Taking Forever to Install Issue [Solved]

Microsoft Office Taking Forever to Install Issue [Solved]

With the introduction of Microsoft Office, users proclaim that work has never been this seemingly easy to do. However, what remains problematic is the time taken by the Microsoft Office to get installed on the system.

It appears with an error message which goes like “Sorry it looks like you’re on a slow connection…”. At this moment, the users get irritated and cancel the installation immediately.

If you have been a victim of the same issue, then do not worry. We are going to list some of the easy fixes for this issue.

What to Do if Microsoft Office is Taking Forever to Install?

In this section, we will be discussing some of the solutions to fix the Microsoft Office is taking forever to install. Here are some of them listed below.

Fix 1: Kill the Windows Update Installer

A very likely scenario for Microsoft Office Installation is an installation that freezes at 90%. If such is the case, then it might be related to the Windows Update Installer. 

Thus, you should kill the installer first and then wait for the office to complete the installation. Here is how you can perform this fix.

  • Open Task Manager and then go to the Processes Tab.
  • Select and right-click on Windows Update Standalone Installer (wusa.exe). Choose to End task.
  • This must result in a successful Office installation. 

Restart the system. The Windows update will restart and resume its task. 

Fix 2: Make Sure Windows Installer Service is Running

Most of the time, the Windows installer needs to be run manually as it is possible that the Windows Installer Service did not start during the installation process. 

Here is how you can do it successfully.

  • Press Windows+ R key together to invoke the Run window and then type “services.msc” within it. Press the Enter button. 
  • In doing so, you will see a dialog box with several services. Right-click on Windows Installer Services and then select Properties.
  • Click on Automatic from the Startup type dropdown and then click on Start.
  • After that, click on Apply>Ok.

Fix 3: Register Windows Installer

If the solution stated above does not work for you, unregister your Windows Installer and then register it again. To perform this fix, follow the steps provided below.

  • First of all, press Windows+X and then choose Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Now type the following commands exactly as provided




  • After doing so, restart your system and see if the problem resolves

Fix 4: Run a Check Disk

Running a check disk has solved numerous issues within the system and hopefully, it will resolve this one as well. Here is how you can run a check disk successfully,

  • Double click on “This PC” and right-click on the selected drive for installation.
  • Go to Properties and then click on Tools>Check>Scan drive. 

Fix 5: Fake Stuck Install Messages

There have been various instances where the entire installation has completed successfully but the user might still confront an error message stating that it is stuck. In such cases, just restart your system once and see whether Microsoft Office got installed or not. 

If it did not, then follow the fix mentioned after this.

Fix 6: Online Repair Through Control Panel

If Microsoft Office has completed the installation process 90%, then maybe it is already registered in the Program and Features section. If such is the case, then run the online repair through Control Panel.

  • Go to Control Panel and then Program and Features section.
  • Click on the Office product within the Uninstall or change a program section and then click on Change
  • Select the “Online Repair” option.

Fix 7: Uninstall and Reinstall Microsoft Office

If none of the solutions stated above work for you, then it is better to uninstall and reinstall the Microsoft Office. Check if the problem gets resolved after performing this step or not. Here is how you can do so 

  • Go to Start>Control Panel and then search for Microsoft Office within the search bar.
  • Navigate to the Programs and features and then right-click on Microsoft Office. Select Uninstall. This will uninstall Microsoft Office for you.
  • Once uninstalled, make sure to reinstall it again. To do so, just go to their official website and sign in. Click on the Install office from their home page. This will start the reinstallation process for you. 

Fix 8: Use the Microsoft Offline Installer

If the Microsoft Office takes forever to install, then you should use the Office Offline Installer to fix it. Here is how you can do so easily.

  • First of all, go to the official website of Microsoft Office and then sign in with your account info.
  • Click on “Install office” and then select “Download and Install” option. Now, click on “Select Other Options.”
  • Mark the “Download an Offline Installer” and then select the language according to your preferences.
  • Click on Download. A virtual drive will get downloaded containing Office Installation files,

Double click to make it appear in File Explorer.

  • Go to the virtual disk and then double click on either the Setup32.exe (32-bit version of Office) or Setup64.exe (64-bit version of Office). This will start the installation process.

Fix 9: Disable your Antivirus

Many times the reason behind this issue can be related to the third-party antivirus software that you are using. 

These antiviruses are designed to stop or block the downloading process of many applications and maybe it has done the same for Microsoft Office as well. 

If such is the case, then turn off the antivirus and see if it resolves the issue for you. If it does then, keep it turned off and execute the entire installation process. After that, enable it again. 

Fix 10: Use a Better Internet Connection

If you are facing a slow installation of Microsoft Office, then it is likely that the network connection that you are using is poor.

If such is the case, then try to use a better internet connection or utilize a wired connection. However, the installation may end while switching internet connections.

After owning an active network connection, go to the official website of the MS Office and then sign in with ur account details. After that, retry to perform the Office installation.

So these were some of the ways by which you should be able to fix issues with the slow installation process of Microsoft Office. We hope the post was helpful for you and your issue will get resolved with it easily.