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How to Reinstall Microsoft Works Tasks Launcher

written by: Rita A.•edited by: Tricia Goss•updated: 6/9/2010

Are you having problems reinstalling the Microsoft Works tasks launcher? Read on and this guide will help you learn why you are having this problem and get it reinstalled.

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    Repair Microsoft Works

    There can be many reasons why you are having problems reinstalling the Microsoft Works Tasks Launcher. If you have a problem with Microsoft Works, it can cause problems with the tasks launcher. If it is a new installation, it could have installed improperly. The current installation could have become corrupted. Repairing Microsoft Works, in most cases, resolves the problem you are having with the tasks launcher.

    Close Microsoft Works if you have it open. Click on Start and Control Panel. Click on Programs (Uninstall a program)Programs and Features.


    Find Microsoft Works in the List:


    Click Change or Repair. You may be prompted for an administrator password. If so, enter the password and confirm.

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    Reinstall Microsoft Works Tasks Launcher

    If the repair did not work then the next step to try would be to reinstall. Reinstalling Microsoft Works will also reinstall the tasks launcher. You need the installation CDs that came with Microsoft Works when you purchased it. If it came pre-installed on your computer, then you will need the CD that came with your computer to reload software. If you have neither of these, you will need to purchase Microsoft Works.

    Before you can reinstall Microsoft Works, you need to uninstall the current installation.

    Close Microsoft Works if it is open. Click on Start and Control Panel. Click on – Programs and Programs and Features.

    Find Microsoft Works in the list and choose Uninstall. If you are prompted with an Administrator password, enter and continue with the uninstallation.

    Once the uninstallation is complete reboot, your computer. When your computer boots back up insert the Microsoft Works installation CD into your computer’s CD/DVD drive.

    Choose the directory you want to install Microsoft Works, and click Next and continue with the onscreen instructions. When it is finished installing, click on the Start button, click Programs and look for Microsoft Works.

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    How Did Microsoft Works Become Corrupt?

    Microsoft Works can become corrupted for many reasons. This can happen if your computer crashes while it is open or the application itself crashes. You could have had a power outage while it was open, or you have a virus now or in the past and the Microsoft Works files are infected.

    Sometimes there is no logical reason why a file or software gets corrupted. Just like anything else things break and when they do they can cause a lot of problems

    Since a virus could be one of the reasons why you are having a problem reinstalling the Microsoft Works Tasks Launcher, it would be a good idea to run a virus scan on your computer. Be sure to update your virus software before you run it.

    Whatever the reasons, doing a repair or reinstallation of Microsoft Works should fix this problem.