My O/S is Windows XP but I only have Word 2000 installed and find that occasionally it crashes without warning. Microsoft say that I should upgrade my Word system. I have looked around and feel that Office 2007 would be an answer and have found that Amazon do Home & Student Edition for about £54. This seems very good value as I believe it usually costs about £100. Are there likely to be any snags with purchasing this? Also, is Word a good system to stick with - I am loathe to change unless really necessary, as most of the written input I receive from friends etc is in this format.
If you have a person in school or college who will use it you can get Office Enterprise as you say for £50. There are no snags, it's the same as the version in PC World for over £500. You can also install it on 2 PC's. I had no problems whatsoever. click here
If you change over to Office 2007 you will be in for a learning curve as it is quite different in looks and in how it operates. I'd definately go the Kevscar route first before even thinking of spending your hard earned cash to make sure that you firstly like it and secondly that it runs OK on your system.
You'll get at least a 3 months trial by which time Office 2010 may very well be out giving you the option to go that route and be completely up to date.
If you don't like it then by all means try OpenOffice which is good but not as good.
Of course MS will recommend an upgrade. It's salesmanship.
Think... Will any other version of Office do anything different to what I want? If Office 2000 does all I want it to, why change?
I used Office 2000 with XP for a very long time with no problems.
So, let's think what we could do to cure the 'original' problem. Have you tried inserting the original Office 2000 disc and running a repair, reload or similar? Perhaps uninstalling it and using a very good uninstall package such as Revo (free - look on Google)and doing a reload?
There is no reason that I can see that Office 2000 should be unstable in Windows XP - the two things are completely compatible. Office 2007 being loaded might even compound any problems if there is something else acting as an underlying problem - which means you have wasted your money.