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Word 2000 does not open

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I cannot open MS Word 2000 from desk top (even tried creating new shortcut) and I cannot open documents when double clicking folders in Windows Explore from C drive or any other drive.

Excel works like a charm! No troubles or problems at all, it is just Word.

The only way that Word will open is when I open documents while ACT software is running via its' edit document feature. Once I close ACT software, Word shuts down and wants to send error report to MicroSoft.

I am clueless at this point. I have removed and reinstalled nearly everything in all kinds of order; XP first; Office first; used repair utility on MS Office disk; used my Norton 2005 Utilities; ran virus program etc... I've deleted all registry entries for Word etc...

Short of running out and buying the newest version, I am exhausted! Any suggestions? Thanks!

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reinstall office. run all the updates from office.microsoft.com.

see if you can open a *.doc. if you can't then go to my explorer and then tools, folder options. click on file type. scroll down and look for DOC. it should have "microsoft word document" listed next to it.
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