The Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) 2.0 provides a quick and easy way to analyze Microsoft Office programs for known configurations that cause problems. Now with latest OffCAT 2.0, it provides a detailed report of your installed Office programs. This report includes many parameters about your Office program configuration and highlights known problems found when OffCAT scans your computer. For any problems that are listed in the report, you are provided with a link to a public-facing article (usually a Microsoft Knowledge Base article) on the issue so you can read about possible fixes for the problem. If you are a Help Desk professional, you can also save the report to file so that the results can be viewed in the Office Configuration Analyzer Tool on another client where the tool is installed. The Office Configuration Analyzer Tool also includes a command-line version that can be used to collect an OffCAT scan without user intervention.
What you got with new OffCAT 2.0:
- New User Interface (UI)
- Improved Reading pane
- More detailed info about scans
- Real time detection & Crash
By downloading OffCAT.msi for OffCAT 2.0, you are hereby consenting to the installation of this program to analyze select Microsoft Office programs on your computer. You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36852
Install it at the machine which you want to troubleshoot:
On successful update, you can see:
Now you can select which specific Office suite you want to scan:
I selected Microsoft Outlook and let it scan of Outlook…
On successful scan you can see the detailed report, so that you can analyze it on your own…
Recommendation: If you want to investigate in-detail what’s in the report, then I would recommend you to refer Greg Mansius detailed post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2015/04/13/upgrade-to-office-configuration-analyzer-tool-offcat-version-2.aspx.
Update: Here is a short overview to start the OffCAT Tool you can try the following:
- To start the Office Configuration Analyzer Tool, click the Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool icon on the Start menu.
Note, if you are using Windows 8, search for OffCAT on the Start Screen to launch OffCAT.
- After OffCAT is started, select the Office program (and possibly the version) to be scanned, and then click Scan.
Note: Outlook must be running in order to perform a scan of Outlook.
- After the scan is finished, the report that OffCAT generated is automatically displayed and the list of detected issues is arranged by 'Symptom'.
- Expand the symptom(s) in the list that most closely match(es) the problem(s) you are experiencing in the scanned Office program.
- Click on an issue under the symptom group to see additional information on the issue.
- Click the 'Click here to see possible solutions to this issue' link to open the article containing a resolution to the issue.
- Repeat the previous three steps for any other issues you would like to address.
Also have a look at OffCAT Readme document.