I was having problems with Visual Studio editing ASPX pages and read on stackoverflow.com that you could just uninstall the Web Authoring Component and it would fix that problem. I couldn't uninstall it because of a registry permission issue saying:
I used the Windows Install Clean Up utility to try to remove it.
Bad idea. It totally broke my office.
When I tried to uninstall, then reinstall office: It took me hours to figure out that (I'm pretty sure) Office was trying to use my dvd-rom drive as the local cache so i had to run the setup with this parameter which makes office install ignoring all previous settings:
(I do a mini celebration because it starts copying files)
[LOTS OF CURSING] I get the same error when re-installing as when I was trying to uninstall it (see the image above)
I go into my registry, seek out that key. Turns out even if I run regedit.exe as administrator I still do not have permission to access and change permissions on said key:
I am looking for suggestions on how to have full control over the registry or delete a (possibly) corrupt key because I cannot modify the permissions on that key or delete it. Or any other office re-install suggestions would be fantastic.