Normal Template Error
Should Word still display the error message once this change has been made, it could be that an error is occurring with the default template. This can be resolved by forcing Word to create a new default normal.dot file.
To do this, first exit Microsoft Word. Then use the Search function (Start > Search) and search in All Files and Folders for normal.dot.
Use Advanced Options to search in System Folders, Hidden Files and Folders and Subfolders, and to be on the safe side search in All Hard Drives.
When the search has completed and displays your normal.dot file(s), rename each to normal.old (or normal-1.dot). There should be no file remaining with the name normal.dot – a new one will be created next time you launch Word.
Should Word still be starting in Safe Mode at this stage, go to Start > Run and enter winword.exe /a.
Word will then launch. Close Word and try to run normally. A Safe Mode message at this point would necessitate you uninstall and reinstall the application.