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Word automation fails when upgrading from Office 2003 to Office 2013

I have VB.net programs written in VS2005 using Word Interop. Works fine with Office 2003. Works fine on a new machine running Office 2013. If I uninstall 2003 and install 2013 i get an error :

Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID {000209FF-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} failed due to the following error: 80080005.

when I instantiate the Word Application.
Reinstalling Office 2003 fixes the problem, but reinstalling 2013 does not.
Anyone seen this behavior?
I note when I look at references in the project (this is my development machine) that the Word interop reference is in the GAC - something I think I read somewhere is not recommended.
Any help would be appreciated.
.NET ProgrammingVisual Basic.NETMicrosoft WordMicrosoft OfficeOffice Productivity

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8/22/2022 - Mon