I have been having problems with simple functions in Excel, Word, PPT, (Office 2007 Enterprise) causing the applications to go into "Program Not Responding" mode. Some (such as attempting to bold a word or number) come back in a few minutes, others (such as 'save as - pdf') never come back.
Running a repair from the Office installation CD fixes these problems, until the next Update runs. For awhile, I was repairing Office daily. Now I've gone to doing updates manually every few weeks and then repairing Office.
I ran an update this morning and aftewards tried Office just to see if the problem of "Program Not Responding" had returned. It had - so - I ran repair again from the Office CD and it is gone.
Would love to get to the root of this problem and be able to have Auto Updates run and not have to keep running the repair.
2 Mar 2010 - I'm thinking my problem may really be VPN based. Today, rather than connect to VPN immediately (I'm in a home office connecting to the company network), I tried working with my Office apps, accessing the mapped drives and shared printer from my home system and everything worked fine. I then started VPN and things seem to be continuing to work fine.
I'd seen other comments about this issue having to do with accessing mapped/shared resources, so, I wonder if by starting VPN immediately, it has trouble with the connection to resources on my local network, whereas, if those have already been exercised before starting VPN it is happy?