I had some problems with incompatibility between Outlook 2003 and Office 2007 caused, I thought, by the wrong installation order. I have therefore rebuilt the PC so it can be taken that these problems relate to a clean PC.
Installed Office 2003. Word, Outlook and Access only. I included Word 2003 not because I want it but in a previous build, Outllook wanted to configure 2003 when it was not installed! At that time only Word 2007 was available.
Having installed those three programs, I ran Outlook and it worked correctly.
Then after a reboot I installed Office 2007 Home and Student Edition, all components. The I rebooted again and ran Outlook 2003. For every inward email it goes through a cycle. First it say it is configuring Office 2007 (Word is not set to be the editor) and then it pops up a dialogue saying that Word is open (it is not and has not been since the reboot). You have to allow it to close Word and it allows one email through and then opens Word 2007 (blank doc). You close Word and then it cycles through that for every email. Obviously that is not viable.
This is under Vista. I have the same configuration under XP Pro where it asll works with no trouble.
I have taken restore points after first building the PC, after adding Office 2003 and after adding Office 2007.
Any suggestions, other than upgrading to Outlook 2007 which I assume would fix the problem?
My knowledge of Outlook is minimal at this level but I am PC proficient and can rebuild a system.