Problem with word not loading

  daisy2bell 10:32 09 Sep 2008

Running vista basic and suddenly word has stopped working.
Every time I try to launch it, it comes up with a message: Microsoft Word for Windows has stopped working."

It was working fine when I used it last.
I have twice uninstalled / installed.
Any ideas gratefully accepted.

Also, is there a free word type programme that I could download if I can't get word to work again.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:44 09 Sep 2008

Have a look in Add remove programs, is there an option to repair office?

  daisy2bell 10:54 09 Sep 2008

Thanks Fruit Bat.
Have tried that, no difference.

  birdface 10:54 09 Sep 2008

I think there is a few updates tonight from Microsoft for Office.Maybe see if they cure it.

  daisy2bell 10:59 09 Sep 2008

Thanks buteman, I'll check those out later.
I'll keep this open just in case

  daisy2bell 08:08 12 Sep 2008

Well, I downloaded the updates but word is still not working.

  Technotiger 09:42 12 Sep 2008

Here is an excellent alternative, and it is free - click here

  Eric10 11:10 12 Sep 2008

Microsoft Word problems can often be cured simply by deleting or renaming the template. You haven't said which version of Word you are using but if it's 2007 then the template is now called Normal.dotm.
The default location in Vista is "C:\Users\'username'\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates" but you will need to be set up to show hidden files.
The next time you start Word a new, default template is created so if this was the cause then it will now work ok.

  daisy2bell 19:14 12 Sep 2008

Thanks Eric10
I'm using word 2000

Thanks Technotiger, already using it, but would still like to get word to work

  Eric10 19:39 12 Sep 2008

Try typing "winword /a" in the Run dialogue but without the quotes. This starts Word without using any add-ins or using the template. Let us know if this works or not.

  wis 19:43 12 Sep 2008

useing word 2000
if 2003 or 2007 might have a chance,
i think you must update to a newer version
one of the chaps here might prove me wrong

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