At each launch of a MS Office 2002 applications (word, excel, etc), Windows Installer launches and tries to install or configure MS Office, eventually asking for the install CD, then failing with Error 1706 because i don't have it. Office 2002 came bundled with the machine, and is legal software. machine is running XP Pro.
I cancel Installer, and my application opens, but Installer launches again, I cancel it again, it launches again, etc. This cycle repeats 4 or 5 times before I can use the app.
I have used this computer and version of Office for perhaps 4 years. This behavior began roughly 6 to 8 weeks ago.