This was driving me bonkers since a few weeks.

I know the only constant in the world is the quality of MS products, and this proofs the case once more. However its a preview and I have good faith that maybe it will be fixed before the final or latest in SP2 or 3 😉

Update 13.03.2013 it appears this has not been fixed in the final release and I wonder if this will be fixed ever. I added a few screenshot to make it clearer where to look for the issue in case it’s not the Abbyy Finereader.

Issue:
Word or Excel 2013 crash or close after start.

Windows 7 x67, Abbyy Finereader installed

Possible solution:
Do you have by any chance Abbyy Finereader installed. If so then I suggest you do the following for each Application (Word and Excel).

1. Start Word (or Excel) in safe mode.
Hit Windows key + R to open run
Type in “WinWord /safe” or “Excel /safe” to open in safe mode

2) Click on File<Options<Add-Ins
Under Manage select COM Add-Ins
Click on GO and uncheck ABBYY Finereader
and click OK.

In some cases it might not be the FineReader but any other Add-on. If you are able to start Word or Excel in safe mode it definitely is an Add-on. Try to look for others and disable those.

You have to repeat this for Excel where the COM Add-Ins are not visible at the first selection. But they are there.

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