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MicroSoft Word 2000 will not open (have renamed

by preston77494 / June 1, 2009 6:21 AM PDT

I have Windows XP Pro with the current updates. Word 2000 hangs up and will time out showing a blank document (but no toolbars). I've tried renaming and deleting the data folder in the registry - both recommended by MicroSoft. I can open Word by going to "start" "run" and typing in "winword.exe /a"

I've also repaired Word using the installation CD.

Any other suggestions?

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i have the same prob
by cuddlebud / September 13, 2009 10:46 AM PDT

i have the exact same problem but i havent yet found a fix for it, if u find 1 please let me know... gotta do some work

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Re: can't run word
by Kees Bakker / September 13, 2009 4:36 PM PDT

With /a or /safe (I don't understand the finer details of the difference) it's run without add-ons. Check those.

What's in the Word Startup folder? That contains things Word opens at startup. Something strange there and you get the symptoms you see.

Also make a new Windows account and try there. If it works OK there, it's some setting or file in your account. If it doesn't work there either it's on system level. Knowing such helps find it.


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MS Word 2000 Fix
by javadave2 / January 29, 2012 3:58 AM PST

Ok, I had the same problem and tried everything like deleting, looking for add-ons and uninstalling and reinstalling Office and nothing worked. I figured it was an add-on since it ran with "winword.exe /a" but no add-ons were listed when I tried to look for them. On another thread someone mentioned that add-ons can sometimes be hidden and I thought back and recalled that my problem appeared a few days after installing WinZip's ZipSend service. I uninstalled ZipSend and wallah MS Word worked the first time I tried it. So if all else fails my suggestion is to work backwards and try uninstalling programs you've recently installed.

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nother Program That Killed Word 2000

Thanks to this thread I uninstalled Win Zip Courier and all is well.
Thank you

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Word 2000
by barking42 / May 31, 2012 12:44 AM PDT

Magic, so that was what was causing the promlem

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Word 2000 Hangs/Crashes - solved by updating Adobe software
by JWalkTech / July 23, 2013 6:17 AM PDT

This topic is over a year old, but figured I'd add this reply for anyone currently searching for a solution. I've battled with it over the past few days.

If your Word 2000 is hanging at startup AND you have Adobe design products installed (i.e. Creative Suite, Illustrator, In-Design, Acrobat Pro..) check your task bar for "Available Updates" from your Adobe Updater & install them.

I tried everything under the sun to fix the hang up to no avail (including all those solutions in the Microsoft support article). Updated my Adobe software & Word opened right up.

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