How to fix “Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office 64-bit Components 2013” on a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Server

Windows Server 2012 R2

After deploying an RDS (formerly Terminal Server) server for a client recently, every time a user started Outlook 2013 they received the message “Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office 64-bit Components 2013”.

This slows up the Outlook load time by a second or two and doesn’t look very good, so let’s look at how to resolve it.

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The issue was caused by the Windows Search Service not being installed.

In Server Manager, click Manage, Add Roles and Feaures.

 

Manage - Add Roles and Features

Click through the wizard until you get to Features, select the Windows Search Service.

Windows Search ServiceClick Next and Install, and give the server a reboot once complete.

Your users should now be able to start Outlook 2013 with the “Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office 64-bit Components 2013” message appearing ever again!

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