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Word 2003 shuts down when maximizing from taskbar

Hi, i've got a strange re-occuring problem where my Word 2003 (installed on xp) shuts down completely sometimes when i maximise a document from the taskbar. It's not a problem with the same document, it happens with any. It doesn't happen all the time though. Its usually when maximizing after being on another program. The process seems to completely shut down. Any opened word documents dissapear. When i restart word i get the recovery files if i'm lucky.
I've tried the Detect & Repair tool but it hasn't solved anything. There are no error messages and nothing is shown on the Event Viewer.
Just of interest, i can 'force' the shutdown if i continuously minimize and maximise a word document and flicking to other programs and back again. then if the word document is minimized while i'm on anothe program, as soon as i flick back to word, i see the window breafly opening up, then it dissapears. I don't know if that would reveal anything.
Any help would be much appreciated.

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I fixed one like that.

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It turned out to be the video card driver.


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Can you give more details on how to fix this

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Can you give more details on this? I'm having the same problem and it's really annoying.


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Caused by conflict with the Handwriting Recognition service

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It seems this problem is known by Microsoft and it is documented on their knowledge base. Despite this, it took me quite a while to find this, but once i did what they instructed, it sorted out the problem entirely. Basically, it is caused by a conflict with the Handwiting Recognition service, so you need to remove this, although i believe that if you need the service, you can re-enable it afterwards with no further problems, although i have not tried this.
The link to the method to solve this is:

Hope this helps


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Thanks a lot. I seems to work now.


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