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Runtime Error abnormal termination of word 2002

Posted on 2004-09-22
Last Modified: 2011-08-18
I have XP pro, Word 2002. I get the following error message 1 or 2 times a day, usually after I have closed a number of documents. After message, word shuts down. I can start up again and the document(s) that were loaded are saved. Still, a frustrating pain in the neck. Error message:

"Runtime Error! Program C\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Office10\Winword.exe
This application has requested the Runtime to terminate in an unusual way. Please contact the applications's support team for more information.

Sometimes the error is shorter and says
Runtime Error! Program C:\Program Files\microsoft office\office10\winword.exe
abnormal program termination

I have removed and reinstalled word. It has not helped. What is happening here?
Question by:DavidKlibaner
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by:Joanne M. Orzech
ID: 12129448
OK - very first thing - search for and either rename or delete every instance of normal.dot found on C drive.  Let me know if that makes a difference.  Sounds very simple but my research says it works:


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Also - may be some other software loaded on the PC:

Author Comment

ID: 12143906
Thank you. The first fix of finding and removing normal.dot files did not work. I did have the Works for Word Add In Suite and I removed it, which is what is suggested in the www.kbalertz.com/kb 322201.aspx site. It references a similar but different error message but one I have seen also, a C++ runtime error. I will let you know if the Works removal solves my problem
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Joanne M. Orzech earned 250 total points
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Thanks David
Good luck
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by:Joanne M. Orzech
ID: 12151903
You may want to read this article:

Author Comment

ID: 12173498
Removing the Works for Word Add in Suite seems to have completely solved the problem. Thank you.
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by:Joanne M. Orzech
ID: 12174472
Great - glad it's resolved David.

Expert Comment

ID: 13674185
I have same problem with word 2002 runtime error and above fixes do not help. What are other things to check?

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ID: 13674338
I thought that I had as I now see two questions. Can you call [phone number removed by JOrzech - EE Page Editor - Word]

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ID: 13675229
yes please

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ID: 14821068
I had the same problem. I removed Works in Word Suite Add-in as suggested and the problem has been resolved. Definitely worth the price.
Thanks. Joe

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