You must have Office installed for the spell-check in Outlook Express to work, or to spell check your existing Word documents.
There are some freeware applications that will give you spell checking functionality for OE. I have not used these and therefore cannot warrant their usefullness, but here is one offered by a reputable source:http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=2952
A long term solution would be to abandon OE and MS Office and replace these with Mozilla's Thunderbird (and their browser, Firefox, for that matter) and to download OpenOffice.org, which is an robust office suite that is generally compatible with MS Office files. All of these are completely free and I can recommend them without hesitation.http://www.mozilla.com/
Edited by jgweed, 14 January 2006 - 08:41 AM.