The fix to the problem is very simple as it turns out – simply run the following commands (by pressing the Windows Key+R or typing it into the Start/Run command box.
Use the line with Office\11.0 if you have Office 2003 installed, Office\12.0 if you have Office 2007 installed, and Office\14.0 if you have Office 2010 installed. You can use both if you have both installed :
reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1
reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1
reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1
That is it. Office 2007 might want to have one more spin round the block with it’s configuration dialog box, but that should be it.