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Error message occurs when you repair, update, or start an Office 2003 program: "Error 2908. An internal error has occurred"

Support for Office 2003 has ended

Microsoft ended support for Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

You receive the following error message in one of the Microsoft Office 2003 programs that are listed in the "Applies to" section:
Error 2908. An internal error has occurred
You receive this error message when you perform any one of the following tasks:
  • Repair an Office 2003 program
  • Install a software update
  • Start an Office 2003 program
To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods:
  • If you are running Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 or a later version, repair the installation. For more information about how to repair the .NET Framework, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    908077 How to manually remove and then reinstall the .NET Framework 2.0
  • Install the latest version of the Microsoft .NET Framework. To obtain the latest version, visit the following Microsoft Update Web site:

Article ID: 929681 - Last Review: 10/31/2007 05:38:51 - Revision: 2.6

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