I have been searching the Internet for this problem and have done the following already:
1. Re-Installed Word twice
2. Re-named Normal.dot a million different ways -(THE FIRST TIME I DID THIS, IT WORKED!! I COULD OPEN WORD AGAIN PROPERLY, BUT THE NEXT TIME I TRIED TO OPEN WORD IT WENT BACK TO THE ERROR AND WHEN I RENAMED NORMAL.DOT AGAIN, IT NO LONGER FIXED THE PROBLEM.)
3. Deleted all Normal.dot and template files
4. Created a new template in safe mode which didn't open again
5. Noted that Acrobat7 creates a problem..but I have version 5 for a long time and i haven't downloaded anything new.
6. Thought it might be a virus and did a million virus scans. (I was recently infected with PSGuard and thought maybe that was affecting it, but haven't seen anyone make a connection with those)
7. Got really annoyed and frustrated with all of it
Can anyone suggest any new actions to take??