I installed Open Office 3.3 on my computer running Windows Vista (Home Premium). I did so after system restoration, and because OpenOffice 3.2 could not be reinstalled (NSIS error), so I downloaded the latest version from OpenOffice.org (in French).
Installation was successful - so did a message on my computer tell me. But when I tried to open .ods, .odt or .odb files, I got the following error message:
The program can't start because sal3.dll is missing from your computer.
Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.
I ran a search on my computer and sal3.dll could be found in the OpenOffice installation .cab file. So I tried to extract it (I opened it using WinZip), but then I received another error message telling me that extraction had failed.
The error description contained two interesting elements:
file superposition is not allowed, which seems to mean that the file is already there although hidden
access refusedalthough I created my user account on my PC as an admin account (or at least so did I think)
Stranger still - Open Office is not even featured in the startup menu. I saw it featured during/upon installation (in the "All Programs" page) but now it does not appear any longer. Yet when I attribute .odt, .ods or .odb files to OpenOffice, I do get the correct account in Windows Explorer. And there is a seemingly complete set of folders under "Open Office" in the C:\Programs folder.