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It never loads past the MSWord logo screen popping up.
My concern is that a complete reinstall of MSOffice Professional 2000 will wipe out all of my email account settings, the archives of emails I have saved, etc.
If I do a complete uninstall/reinstall - will these files be preserved?
In order to backup your Outlook data files, go to this directory on your computer:
C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR_PROFILE_NAME_HERE\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
(Replace YOUR_PROFILE_NAME_HERE with whatever your profile name is)
You will see archive.pst and outlook.pst. Archive.pst is your Archived Folders contents, and the Outlook.pst is the main file that has all your stuff. (Outlook.pst is the most important). These are your main storage files, and you'll want to save them (you can just drag them to your desktop if you want).
After you reinstall, you can import those files back into Outlook (File --> Import...). This will re-establish your emails and directories.
As far as account settings, I'm not 100% sure if you can back them up or not. Someone else might know that.
Also, if you have any mail rules, they might not get backed up (not 100% sure).
Ther error report mentions a file called, "C:\DOCUME~1\MY_NAME~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER4BE.tmp.dir00\appcompat.txt" - but all it seems to be is a log from the error report from when it first crashed.
Thinking it had to do with the error reporting system, I disabled it and that didn't do a thing either. (Not to mention that the error reporting STILL pops up - and it's deactivated with no presence in the services list.) F'ing infurating.
Here's the link in case anyone else is experiencing their MS Word crashing upon launch:
The fix was too simple: Erase my normal.dot file.