Can't Create PDF "from file" using any MS Office files

Acrobat 8.1.1 Pro. (OS = XP), as part of the CS3 premium edition.
I can no longer get Acrobat to recognize any of the MS Office applications extensions (.doc, .ppt, etc...) for use with either Create PDF "From File" or when using the Combine Files feature to Merge or Package. The extensions are no longer even listed as an option in the dialog box, or in the Preference settings under "Convert to PDF".
FYI- I can still use the PDF Maker functionality from within the MS Office application to create a PDF.
Any Idea what could have happened, or more importantly how to fix?
I have re-installed the Acrobat 8 application, and the problem still exists.
I'm truly puzzled.

I get this with my PC and I ran detect-repair and reinstalled. Some PDF's I can open and other's I cannot. I can send the email to a cohort and they can open fine.
"Can't create file: Right-click the folder you want to create the file in and then click Properties on the shortcut menu to check your permissions for the folder"
Any ideas would be great.

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