Word is a proprietary software, being part of the Microsoft Office suite, it is not available as a standalone program, but there are some solutions to acquire it legally and for free.
Restoring your PC
If the software was purchased, just use the installation CD to reinstall. Otherwise, it is possible to use recovery partition and CD/DVD recovery available from some manufacturers to have it back (e.g. "Smart Restore" for Packard Bell usually comes with a preinstalled Microsoft Office suite).
Reading files a .DOC file
To view a file in Word format (.DOC file), there is a free tool called Word Viewer
Use a free alternative
There is a free alternative to Microsoft Office, offering equivalent tools (word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, database), called OpenOffice.org
. Here are some of the advantages of this suite: it's completely free, it's simple and effective, similar to that of Microsoft Word, it has support for hyphenation (cutting end of line), an interaction between software suites is made possible and most of all the community is very reactive.
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Free versions of Microsoft Word
Free alternative to MS word depending on your OS
Download Microsoft Office 2013 - For Free
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Microsoft ® Office Home and Student 2013
Office Home and Business 2013
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Office 365 for Small and Large Business
(with Access 2013, Publisher 2013, and more)
Use Word Web App on OneDrive Free
Microsoft has opened a new service called OneDrive on which it is possible to use MS Office applications in a web adapted format (limited features compared to the desktop version but suitable for basic use). The use of this service, web applications and online storage space is free for those who have a "Live" account.
The service can be accessed at the following address: https://onedrive.live.com