If you install Office 2007, spell checking in Outlook Express may not work as expected, unless you want spell check in French. This is because Office 2007 uses new proofing tools and OE can't use them because it's designed to use the older tools.
It's easy to fix: install just the proofing tools from your previous version of Office (using the custom install option). You can get them from any older Office suite or application - including FrontPage, Publisher or standalone versions of Word, Excel, or Outlook.
To install just the proofing tools from Office 2003, run Office setup and choose the custom option. Uncheck all programs in the list and add a check to choose the options at the bottom of the programs list. No the nest screen, set each top level item to be Not Available (red X icon). Expand the Office Shared Features branch and locate Proofing tools in the list. Expand proofing tools and choose English, setting it to Run from my computer. Finish the installation.
Once installed, restart OE - go to Tools, Options and verify Spelling is configured to use the correct English dictionary.
I still have Office 2003 on my old laptop (but don't have the disk handy, though I can get it if needed). I'm wondering if there's a way to just copy a certain file from my old computer to the new one to fix the problem instead of actually doing an "install" of that part from Office 2003?
I also saw the option of using a third-party dictionary for OE (which is what M$ actually suggests on their site!), and saw this one:
...but I am a bit nervous about downloading/installing a file that isn't shown to be spyware free. Anybody know anything about this? Would this be safe to use? And if so, how would I do it?
Any help is appreciated -- thanks!