I am posting this because if someone already has, I didn't find it last week and it could have prevented a week of headache for me.
In a hurry, I purchased Microsoft Office as a downloadable so that I could get a design table done on file ASAP. The program came via Digital River and Microsoft's wonderful Click-to-Run service. I caught the word virtualization in the description, but since there were clearly files being downloaded to my system and Excel ran while I wasn't online, I didn't think about it again. Well, it turns out that Click-to-Run does use some sort of virtualization and so the install doesn't take the course of a normal install. This is a problem for Solidworks because it doesn't install the correct OLEs and so when you call for a design table in Solidworks, absolutely nothing happens.
If you find yourself in this position, or about to purchase Office online, there is a simple solution to have a normal install. Here is the excerpt from Microsoft's site on how to do this. (excerpted from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982434)
If Office Click-to-Run does not meet your needs, you can uninstall it, and obtain the MSI-based Office product. To do this, follow these steps:
- Uninstall the Office Click-to-Run version of Office 2010 by using Control Panel.
- Visit the site where you purchased Office 2010, and sign in by using your Live ID.
- Then, click My Account at the top of the home page to access your Office 2010 downloads.
- Click Download for the suite you purchased, and then click Advanced Options underDownload Now .
A version of Office 2010 is listed that is not an Office Click-to-Run product and that does not require theQ: drive to be available.
I searched for "Click-to-Run" in the forums and Knowledge Base before I installed the software and found no warnings. If I missed it somehow, sucks for me. If not, hope this helps.