Word 2003 (and any Office app) error on opening - Microsoft Office Word has stopped working RRS feed

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  • Windows 8

    Microsoft Word 2003

    Recently, opening Word 2003 has become a problem. 
    If I want to open the application directly, I get this error "Microsoft Office Word has stopped working".

    However, if I click on a DOC file, Word opens and is usable.

    I found these:
    1. The problem appears if Word is opened with the task pane on. If I cancel that from Options, Word will open. 
    2. If Word is open (without the task pane) and I attempt to click on Shared Workspace, it will provide the same error.

    3. The same behaviour is shown by Excel.

    That led me to think:
    1. It is a problem throughout the Office Suite, not only related to Word.

    2. It might have to do with the network connection or with Word's relation with the Internet Explorer.

    I repaired both Word and IE (the latter even reset, uninstalled and reinstalled), but the problem remains.
    What can I do to nail it?
    Sunday, November 24, 2013 11:14 AM