Microsoft has posted a software patch to fix a registration glitch experienced by an unknown number of Office 2000 users.
The problem occurred for some users after 15 April, when a pop-up message would appear as they opened Office 2000 applications. The message told the users to register their copies of Office 2000, even if they had previously been registered or did not require registration.
A Microsoft spokeswoman said the problem was determined to be a coding error that can be fixed by applying one of the patches available on the company's webpage.
The affected software includes Microsoft Office 2000, as well as Access 2000, Excel 2000, FrontPage 2000, Outlook 2000, PowerPoint 2000 and Word 2000.
Users started complaining about the problem last week, the spokeswoman said. A user could click to make the registration prompt disappear, but the pop-up was an annoyance.
"We believe that the fix should address all cases where Office 2000 users are receiving registration prompts," the spokeswoman said in a statement. "Any users who get the unexpected prompt may dismiss the dialogue box and continue working."
Users can retrieve the patch at http://support.microsoft.com/?id=818798