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winword.exe failed to start because it's side-by-side configuration is incorrect

Hi,

I have a Vista laptop on which most programs stopped working suddenly with a message such as this:
winword.exe failed to start because it's side-by-side configuration is incorrect

It also refers to a failed .Net dll.

I tried to reinstall.net framework and tried to install latest SP but all installs fail.

Event viewer is not accessible at all so can't check for clues.

System restore points are also gone.

Thanks
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Johnner_dkCommented:
What is the failed .NET error?
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Johnner_dkCommented:
What is the failed .NET error?
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CompTroubAuthor Commented:
mscorwks.dll could not be loaded this is when the ATI control centre is trying to load.
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NikSystems SpecialistCommented:
If you're maybe using AVG antivirus, please remove it from the system and install Microsoft Security Essentials.

"Side by side" errors are a byproduct of file corruption in the 64 bit version of Vista.

If removing AVG won't work, please completely remove the Microsoft Office installation and try to do a fresh install.

Which version of Microsoft Office / SO are you using?
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NikSystems SpecialistCommented:
You can also try to remove the Microsoft NET Framework and try to do a fresh install.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0856EACB-4362-4B0D-8EDD-AAB15C5E04F5&displaylang=en
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CompTroubAuthor Commented:
OK will try Removing .NET but mentioning it again it's not only office that does not work. It's most of the programs!
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CompTroubAuthor Commented:
Also, using Norton and is 32bit Vista.

Thanks
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CompTroubAuthor Commented:
Ran an inplace upgrade of Vista which reolved the issue.
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