winword.exe running but Windows not open

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Can anyone tell me why winword.exe is shown as an active process in
taskmanager, but the program itself is not running. Windword.exe does not
appear in startup programs when I run msconfig, and I have removed microsoft
office from startup as well. I can't find anything in startup that could
relate to winword. I am running Windowsxp home.
Hector
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    Hector wrote:
    > Can anyone tell me why winword.exe is shown as an active process in
    > taskmanager, but the program itself is not running. Windword.exe does
    > not appear in startup programs when I run msconfig, and I have
    > removed microsoft office from startup as well. I can't find anything
    > in startup that could relate to winword. I am running Windowsxp home.

    Outlook running with Word as your Editor?

    Otherwise, what happens when you kill the winword.exe process? Does it come
    back?
    What shows up under MSCONFIGs startup tab?

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    "Hector" <socialissues1954@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:41e08ca0$1@duster.adelaide.on.net...
    > Can anyone tell me why winword.exe is shown as an active process in
    > taskmanager, but the program itself is not running. Windword.exe does
    > not
    > appear in startup programs when I run msconfig, and I have removed
    > microsoft
    > office from startup as well. I can't find anything in startup that
    > could
    > relate to winword. I am running Windowsxp home.
    > Hector
    >
    >


    It's an old, old bug that has traversed through several version of
    Outlook and Word. Both of those may end up hanging during their exit
    process when you exit them and leave behind a remnant stub of code in
    memory. This remnant can not only screw up subsequent loads and
    behavior of Outlook and Word but can also screw up system operation.
    Microsoft never addresses this problem. Their excuse is that it is
    caused by an add-on that isn't closing properly, e-mail scanning from
    anti-virus software, and anything else they can think of but, of course,
    it could be their product screwing up. Even in a pristine install of
    Windows followed immediately by an install of only MS Office, this hang
    on exit problem still will occur.

    Use Task Manager to kill outlook.exe and winword.exe if you find them
    still listed as a process (and about 30 seconds has elapsed to let them
    close normally, if they close). Give Outlook more time because it may
    be compacting or you might be using an add-on, like the Personal Folder
    Backup program, which will run when you tell Outlook to close (but the
    utility needs to complete its action before Outlook can unload).

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    Thanks for that. I did not know that Outlook and Word were interlinked. I
    have outlook in startup, and I see that when I close outlook down,
    winword.exe shuts down as well.
    Cheers,
    Hector

    "Hector" <socialissues1954@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:41e08ca0$1@duster.adelaide.on.net...
    > Can anyone tell me why winword.exe is shown as an active process in
    > taskmanager, but the program itself is not running. Windword.exe does not
    > appear in startup programs when I run msconfig, and I have removed
    microsoft
    > office from startup as well. I can't find anything in startup that could
    > relate to winword. I am running Windowsxp home.
    > Hector
    >
    >
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