March 23, 2009 · Office 2007 Vista

Fix word 2007 startup issues

If you are having issue with word when double clicking a document or launching an attachment , it could be a corrupt reg key.
open registry editor and rename the following value :

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\version number\Word\Data
where version number is your office version ( 2007 = 12 ) .

you can also do this via command line ( as administrator )

reg delete HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Data /f

this article has some more good info.