Last spring I switched to this new computer which came loaded with MS Office Starter. At first, the program seemed very slow as if everything was being done online (and I have a very slow connection) but at some point, I was able to use Word for writing letters even when I was offline. Recently I have gotten Update notices while doing other things and I finally clicked the OK button. Today I tried to write a letter and only got partway through the date before the "busy signal" = 'circling arrow' appeared and a "Microsoft ...is downloading ..features" message repeatedly appeared near the bottom. I finally closed the program and checked my System Restore from before the supposed Update, but it showed no changes since then.
Any suggestions about what is going on or how to fix it? I don't remember what I found or did to get it working 'better' the first time.
I want it to work offline and don't need or want my meager work "stored in the clouds...."
I still use the good-old US Mail to send any official documents I write.
I used to have MS Word on my old system and still have the disc(s) around somewhere. What I should do is get the old system going again, reinstall that program on it, and use it as my word processor. That system worked better with my printers, too. Any chance I could use the disc(s) to install Word on this system instead (or too)?
Yes, I'm familiar with OpenOffice, but need to understand this problem whether or not I choose to replace it with something else.