Delete all normal.dot files and ses if it starts to work again.
As to unsaved work, I think that a click of the save button now and then plus setting the autosave period is a great thing.
Thanks for some help-
While working in word (I have XP 2000 version) I get a run time error which states Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library
Program:C:/Program files/microsoft office/office10/winword.exe
abnormal program termination
When I clik OK - The system recovery doesn't save the document and I loose info if I haven't saved it.