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This article answers some of the frequently asked questions about the Office Startup Assistant (Osa.exe) in the 2007 Microsoft Office suites and in Microsoft Office 2003.
The Office Startup Assistant (Osa.exe or OSA) is a program that improves the performance of Office programs. Office Setup no longer puts a shortcut to the Osa.exe file in the Windows Startup folder as do the earlier versions of Microsoft Office.
What does the Osa.exe file do?
The Osa.exe file does the following:
The Osa.exe file initializes the shared code that is used by the Office programs. When you use the Osa.exe file to initialize shared code, the Office programs start faster. If the Office programs, instead of Osa.exe, initialize the shared code, the programs take longer to start.
To run the Osa.exe file when you start Microsoft Windows, follow these steps:
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Article ID: 826318 - Last Review: May 23, 2007 - Revision: 2.2