First, I've reinstalled everything several times. Every time I open an office app a window appears that asks me to wait while Windows configures office 2007. That doesn't actually bother me too much. I could live with that. The real problem is that mobile device center won't sync contacts/etc with my phone. Every time I try I get this error "active sync encountered a problem on the desktop". I think it's related to this "windows needs to configure" thing. I've looked all over the internet and can't find a solution to this issue. I've deleted/recreated the partnerships several times. I did have an issue like this on my XP machine that had active sync 4.5 on it and recreating the partnership fixed the issue. But nothing seems to fix this problem. At least I need an alternative way to get these contacts to sync via some other means. If I need to use third party software or whatever.