The system restore did not work. I got a message that read "Microsoft Word Starter 2010 cannot be opened. Try again or repair the product in Control Panel." I did not do anything.
I did follow your suggestion for the Fixit button... Right now I am downloading a LONG download. When it is done, I will try a Word doc again.
I am still downloading what the Fixit button started, item #2 above in your first response.
The "small file" you mentioned above, Microsoft fixit 50599.msi, gave me the following message when I tried to run the download: "This microsoft fix it does not apply to your operating system or application version."
Well, when I clicked on Microsoft Office from the control panel's program list, the only option I had was to remove it, not CHANGE or REPAIR, so I accidentally removed it.
Yes, my OS is Windows 7.