Installation Xcelsius 2008 SP3 and Office 2010 (Excel 2010)

When trying to install Xcelsius with pre-installed Excel 2010 you will get an error message as Office 2010 is not supported yet by SAP BusinessObjects.

One solution is:
1. uninstall Office 2010 (do not forget to backup settings)
2. install Office 2007
3. install Xcelsius
4. uninstall Office 2007
5. install Office 2010

Another quicker solution is hacking the xcelsius.msi and disabling the check of the installer for Office installations.

1. Download and install instedit.
2. backup Xcelsius.msi (located in package folder) (just in case)
3. Open Xcelsius.msi with instedit
4. select LaunchCondition in the Tables tab and delete the row with “EXCELl10 OR OUTLOOK10″ in it.
5. save the msi and run the installation

Xcelsius works fine with Office 2010!

By the way: this works also for Live Office XI 3.1 and Office 2010.

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Femke Kooij is a dashboard and report designer, developer and educator specializing in SAP | BusinessObjects Dashboards (better known as Xcelsius) and Crystal Reports. She has also a lot of experience with other SAP | BusinessObjects toolings like, Web Intelligence (WebI), Information Design Tool (Universe Designer), BusinessObjects Data Services (BODS) and the overall server platform BusinessObjects Enterprise (Launchpad, CMC). She spends a lot of her time thinking about and sharing her knowledge of Xcelsius to others through her own blog. Lately she is exploring other visualization tools like Qlikview and Tableau. On the later she is also posting some experiences. Currently she is in the employment of Cognizant Technology Solutions. Her blog only contains her personal views, thoughts and opinions. It is not endorsed by Cognizant Technology Solutions nor does it constitute any official communication of Cognizant Technology Solutions.

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8 Comments to Installation Xcelsius 2008 SP3 and Office 2010 (Excel 2010)

  1. says:

    Using Xcelsius 2008, for years. Company just upgraded our PC and running Microsft office 2012. Following your instruction by editing the Xcelsius.msi. Only problem is that you cannot delete the line, it will not you delete it. I have tried modifying it with no success. Any help would appreciated.

  2. Kaiser says:

    Hi – thanks great tip. “Instedit” opens the msi file in read only mode, does not allow you to modify table. I tried exporting out and importing back in with the edits however, does not allow me to do that either. I am guessing it is cause of the free version of the software.

  3. chaitanya says:

    I am using BO 3.1 SP3 with Xcelsius 2008 SP4 with Live office 3.1 . Currently client has upgraded from office 2007 to office 2010.
    Now every time i run PPT (dashboard exported to PPT), user authentication window comes, but client is not able to type in any of text boxes for system,username,password,auth type. cursor hides behind window. He is not able to write in any of fields.
    Workarounds tried – PowerPoint 2010: Settings should be under File>Options>Trust Center>Trust Center Settings>
    * Active X Settings: Enable All controls without restrictions and without prompting
    * Trusted Locations: Disable All trusted locations
    * Privacy Options: Un-Click All
    What could be the issue? Thanks in advance.

    • Femke Kooij says:

      Sorry Chaitanya,

      I have not come across this error before. Have you tried to export to ppt from Xcelsius and have you tried to export to swf and then manually import into ppt? Is it with the same result?
      Otherwise I should log this at SAP.

      Kind regards

  4. Robert says:

    I do not see xcelsius.msi anywhere. There is also no ‘package’ folder. Must be SAP’s newest version or something, all I have is a setup.exe and misc. runtime files.

    • Femke Kooij says:

      Hi, the executable is actually a self extracting file. Run the executable and you’ll be asked to extract the file in a certain folder (remember it) after that modify the msi.

      You can also right click the exe and then extract the zipped files to a specific folder.

      Hope this helps.

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