Office 2003 does not open/work

15 pts.
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Windows 7
Office 2003
Windows Performance Management
I am using Office Pro 2003 and Front Page 2003. I had a Windows 7 64 bit and everything worked except for Publisher. Publisher takes 8 - 9 seconds to respond. Cut and paste or anything 8-9 seconds. A new Windows 7 64 bit Word - I can open a document - But when I close  (if I make changes to the doc or not) "Word cannot save changes to the global template because it was opened with read only access. Do you want to save the changes in a template with a different name?" If I say yes or no it saves it. Front Page is bizarre. eg. I insert a table with 5 cells and 1 shows. I center a paragraph and the entire pg disappears. Publisher same problem as above. Outlook (I have always used without an email account associated). First error message "could not start because a data file to send and receive mail could not be found. to add a data file, such as a personal file folder double click the mail icon in windows control panel" I tried the troubleshooting and changing Windows versions within the compatibilty tool. I added a gmail account. I uninstalled everything Microsoft and re-installed Office 3 times. I have changed every setting available back and forth. Now the message is "unable to open your default email folders. The information store could not be opened". Since I have installed and re-installed 3 times, I am guessing there is something in the registry that is corrupted or? Should I bite the bullet and reformat everything? Will that work? Is there a way to delete what is in the registry that is preventing me from opening Outlook? It would be great to get Front Page and Publisher to work. However, Outlook is an URGENT need. BTW - I have looked at Office 2007. I really prefer 2003. Thanks in advance for your help.

Software/Hardware used:
office Pro 2003 & Windows 7

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First I’m not even sure if Office 2003 is supported on Windows 7. Odds are that it isn’t. Office 2007 is, and Office 2010 is currently in public beta and is.

Try opening the control panel and then the email icon and make sure that you have a data file setup as the default data file.

Uninstalling Office doesn’t remove all the registry keys so each time you uninstall and reinstall you are just removing the files and putting them back.

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  • jinteik
    maybe you can try this, try setting the office 2003 compatibility to either Windows XP or Windows Vista.. to do this compatibility, right click on the outlook icon and head to the compatibility tab...
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  • Fork92 is still shared in Office 2003 so be wary when using Word as the default editor in Outlook Tools settings. Rebuild that template file in Word (or delete it and start new) and that should allow Outlook to open it. I have had to reinstall Outlook (not all of Office) several times in the past and then yes; as Mrdenny mentions, rebuild your data file in Control Panel->Mail.
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