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If on a 64-bit machine, type the following:
regsvr32.exe /u C:\Windows\SysWOW64\MSCOMCTL.OCX
If on a 32-bit machine, type the following:
regsvr32.exe /u C:\Windows\System32\MSCOMCTL.OCX
Your Office program should work again after doing this.
Excellent, Thank you very much for this useful link.
The fix for the problem is accessible directly on Microsoft website through this URL : http://support.microsoft.com/KB/2597986
There is also a link to download an executable file that fixes the problem automatically. (It changes whatever needs to be changed in the registry). It worked perfectly for me.