I tried to do a clean install on a new drive and also realized I couldn't find MSforms.twd either. I think it gets created later. As far as the registry complaining that you haven't run setup, it will do that every time. But, as you pointed out, Word will still work.
I really like Excel 97 because it's fast and I know a lot of the keyboard shortcuts (we use 2007 @ work and I hate it). Although Excel 97 does work with the files I've listed, it is a very limited version. I'm working on figuring out how to get Macros and VB to work.
I'll keep you posted.
might be something useful in these:http://www.google.com/search?q=word+reg ... n%22+setup
long ago, when checking out a new network ('woohoo') I doubleclicked word 95 from another pc. it loaded and seemed to run normally. i don't remember it much now. i'd expect all of the local child files would need to be located in options (spell dictionaries, templates, etc). I think word 95 could run simultaneously on both pcs.
also, word 95 used wordbasic macros, not vb.
both pcs were win 98se. the pc I was using had word 2000 installed, which luckily wasn't wrecked by starting up word 95.