You receive a "PowerPoint couldn't open the Visual Basic for Applications project in presentation 'Ppmusic.ppa'" error message when you upgrade from PowerPoint 97 to PowerPoint 2002 or to PowerPoint 2003
This article was previously published under Q218525
After you upgrade to a newer version of Microsoft PowerPoint, you may receive the following error message:
PowerPoint couldn't open the Visual Basic for Applications project in presentation "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\ppmusic.ppa"To clear the error message, click OK.
The Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Custom Soundtrack add-in is not compatible "as is" with newer versions of Microsoft PowerPoint.
This problem may occur when you upgrade to a newer version of Microsoft Office and the Microsoft Custom Soundtrack Add-In has been installed. Any add-ins that you installed or created in Office 97 for Windows are retained, and the add-ins that are not compatible (such as the Custom Soundtrack add-in), may generate an error message.
To correct this problem, you can either remove the Custom Soundtrack add-in, or download and install the updated Custom Soundtrack add-in, replacing the existing add-in.
Method 1: Obtain the Updated Custom Soundtrack Add-inNOTE: The new add-in can only be installed on a system that contains the old PowerPoint 97 add-in. It cannot be installed stand-alone. The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online ServicesMicrosoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file. After the download of Pp2kmus.exe has completed, you must replace the existing Ppmusic.ppa file. To replace the existing Ppmusic.ppa file, with the updated one, follow these steps:
NOTE: Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
Method 2: Remove the Custom Soundtrack Add-inTo unload the Custom Soundtrack add-in:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the PowerPoint 97 Custom Soundtrack add-in.
For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
218513 PPT: SNDTRK: Cannot Install PowerPoint Custom Soundtrack Add-In