looking in the registry for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft i noticed another folder as well as the one i wanted: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\M¡crosoft which contained several numbered sub folders.
the 'M¡crosoft' bit looks suspicious. is it anything to worry about?
ah, i've caused some confusion, now i've read my post i see that the font has not come out right. the dubious microsoft word is not the same as the genuine one. in my registry the 'i' is different, it looks lower down, almost like a j . definitely odd, a complete set of folders with this name.
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