re: this: http://wp.theoblogical.org/?p=4039
Joe in the channel9 forum responded with this bit of advice, which seems to have worked! Thanks Joe!
If you have the CPU being pegged at near 100% by svchost.exe after launching Writer, the fix is to go into Services control panel and disable the Windows Live Setup Service. Sorry about this, we’ll try to make sure this doesn’t happen in the next release.