I rebuilt a four-year old ThinkPad (2GHz processor; 3GB memory) over the weekend, reloading the Windows XP factory build, then applying SP3 and 100+ updates. In general, the machine performs very nicely -- a pleasant improvement over its former self.
Instead of reloading an older version of Office I loaded Office 2010. While everything else I've loaded performs quite well, Office 2010 apps are unusable. I don't just mean they run slowly, they are ponderously slow. For example, if I type 10 characters into Word or Excel, the characters appear one at a time and it will take -- I'm not making this up -- 30-40 seconds before they all appear on the screen.
I've used Office 2010 on other PCs without any problem, so clearly there's something unique going on here. I also realize that this laptop is old, but everything else seems to run fine. So I'm just looking for suggestions before I uninstall 2010 and revert to Office 2003...
One other potential factor, and the reason I'm including this question in the ACT zone, I've also installed ACT 2011. It's running fine on another PC that also has Office 2010, but because ACT 2011 also installs SQL Express and a few other things I thought I'd mention it.