Was MS Office already installed on your machine?
No. Neither did I have one on my PC.
Vendors usually try to/have to sting you for buying it separately, whether you want it or not.
OO installation attempted from a download, I presume?
Does Vista have something encoded that says first you buy/ install Office and only then will it permit you to mess around?
Dunno. Vista isn't very clear in what it tells you
Or am I paranoid?
I think I definitely am. Sends me up the wall.