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Windows 7: Problems with right-click menu after Windows 7 reinstall

12 Oct 2015   #1
WebPixie

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Problems with right-click menu after Windows 7 reinstall

I have had to reinstall Windows 5 times this year and I've only had this new PC since last December. There have been various issues that have made this necessary, but nothing has changed anything with the right-click menu until this last time.

I use Microsoft Office 2000 Professional with the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats. Until this most recent OS reinstall, I could right-click on the Desktop or an open folder and create any new MS Office file by choosing "New" from the right-click menu and then selecting Word, Excel, or whatever. After this most recent OS reinstall, Word is missing from that list of applications.

There is one thing I did prior to installing MS Office after reinstalling Windows this time that I didn't do with the earlier Windows 7 clean installs: There was a Word file that I needed to see but I didn't have Office installed yet, so I used WordPad to open the file. As a result (because I neglected to choose otherwise), WordPad became the default application for files with the .doc file extension. I tried removing the file association for .DOC files and then uninstalling and reinstalling Office, but I still have the same problem - Word does not appear in the right-click menu for creating new documents.

There is another thing that seems trivial but I should probably mention it anyway. After I reinstalled Office, Word became the default application for the .doc files but the appearance of the Word icon has changed from what it looked like prior to this last Windows reinstall. Instead of a blue "W" the same size as the green "X" on Excel documents, the .doc files on my PC now have a very small blue "W" in the middle of the icon. The Excel icons look the same as always.

As I said, that issue seems trivial but it is another thing that has changed with Word following the latest OS reinstall. The main issue, and the issue that is causing the greatest inconvenience, is the fact that I can no longer create a new Word file using the right-click menu.

Any advice that might restore Word to the right-click menu will be much appreciated. Thanks!


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12 Oct 2015   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Have you tried this, Open Control Panel, select Default Programs, then Set your Default Program, when that opens Select Word (Desktop) from the list & then use one of the two options from the list at the bottom of the screen, one being Set This Program as Default & the other Choose Defaults for This Program, which will show a list of what it will open as the default.
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13 Oct 2015   #3
WebPixie

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
Have you tried this, Open Control Panel, select Default Programs, then Set your Default Program, when that opens Select Word (Desktop) from the list & then use one of the two options from the list at the bottom of the screen, one being Set This Program as Default & the other Choose Defaults for This Program, which will show a list of what it will open as the default.
Thanks for your reply. I'm afraid I'm stuck right after "Set you Default Program." I don't see Word (Desktop) on the list. In fact, I don't see any of the Office applications on the list. It could be that I did something wrong.

Below is a screen shot of the window that opens with Control Panel->Default Programs->Set you Default Program.

If I did follow your suggestion correctly, any ideas why there are no Office applications on the list?

Thanks again!


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13 Oct 2015   #4
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

You are on the right track as that is where those Office programs should be shown.

Does Office 2000 have a repair feature. Open Control Panel, select Programs & Features, scroll down to Microsoft Office, right click on it & select Change. In Office 2013 this provides 2 repair options, but as I have never used Office 2000 I can't say if that will work.

Have you tried uninstalling Office & reinstalling it.
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13 Oct 2015   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

From post #1

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I have had to reinstall Windows 5 times this year and I've only had this new PC since last December.
It might be helpful to know why you had to install Windows 7 (5) times in such a short time period.

Also what method did you use for the 5 installs?
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14 Oct 2015   #6
WebPixie

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
From post #1

Quote:
I have had to reinstall Windows 5 times this year and I've only had this new PC since last December.
It might be helpful to know why you had to install Windows 7 (5) times in such a short time period.

Also what method did you use for the 5 installs?
I used various methods for the installs. The first one was from a partition on the drive. The second was from a disk that Dell sent. Dell sent a USB key for the 3rd, which I also used for the 4th and 5th installs. Each was a clean install, except for the first one.

I got the PC in December and all was well until I got a BSOD in February. That's when I first contacted Dell Tech Support. I started getting numerous error messages soon after that, some of the same ones over and over again. Tech Support suspected those were from incompatible 3rd-party applications - but removing them didn't help. Besides, (1) I had checked all the applications I was using for Windows 7 compatibility before I got the computer and (2) the errors didn't start appearing until after the BSOD. So Dell recommended a Windows 7 reinstall (or restore, or refresh?). I started to reinstall the 3rd-party software I had been using very slowly, so I could see which application was causing the problem if the errors from before returned.

I had only reinstalled the applications I absolutely needed when an entirely different issue arose. There was an odd behavior at shutdown that Tech Support couldn't explain. A black-ish screen would appear, just for an instant, with a message that other applications were running - except that (1) it didn't list any applications (like that type of screen at shutdown usually does) and (2) there were, in fact, no other applications running. Dell's Tech Support researched the issue thoroughly but found nothing that would help or explain the issue, so they recommended reinstalling Windows from the disk they had sent.

The 3rd reinstall was necessary because I couldn't get the 3rd-party backup software I use to install. It had been running since December with no problems until I tried to reinstall it after that OS reinstall. The Microsoft Installer (MSI) would hang after most (or all?) of the application's files had downloaded. Both Dell and the vendor for the backup software ran several tests on the system, but it was finally agreed that the only solution was a clean OS reinstall. The backup software installed with no issues after reinstalling Window 7 from the USB key, as did the other 3rd-party software I installed - but I have yet to reinstall ALL the software I had been using up until the BSOD.

I used the 3rd-party backup software to restore my user files after that reinstall, but the backup plan I had been using turned out to have backed up way more than just my user files. That resulted in a major mess when I restored them all back to my system. The backup software vendor recommended doing a clean install to get rid of all the "junk" and then simply restoring the user files manually.

It took quite some time to do that. When I finally had things the way I thought I wanted them, I felt I was ready to set up a new backup plan - this time selecting only the files and folders that I knew I wanted backed up. Ha! This time, the system hung when I tried to create the backup plan! I uninstalled the backup software and when I went to reinstall it, the MSI hung the same way it had after reinstall #2.

All along, since February, there were problems with the audio - problems with the sub-woofer, problems with the Dell Audio application losing some of its functionality, problems with the overall audio quality. I had pretty much put the audio issues on hold while dealing with the error messages, the backup software issues, and everything else. After the 4th reinstall, my contact with Dell was escalated to another technician who sent a new motherboard to address the issue with the audio.

I did the 5th OS reinstall after the new motherboard was installed. The backup software installed with no problems and I was able to restore files (individually) and set up a new backup plan with no issues. The audio sounded great, or at least as great as it could with an audio processor integrated with the system board. I thought everything was going to be great.

I reinstalled my other software slowly. As a result, I found that I needed to view a .doc file before I had reinstalled the Office software that I use so I used WordPad to open it.

I think the rest of the story is at the beginning of this thread.

Sorry for the lengthy explanation. Not sure if it will help anyone advise me on what to do about Word missing from the right-click menu, but maybe it will help someone uncover an underlying issue that is eluding Tech Support.
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14 Oct 2015   #7
WebPixie

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
You are on the right track as that is where those Office programs should be shown.

Does Office 2000 have a repair feature. Open Control Panel, select Programs & Features, scroll down to Microsoft Office, right click on it & select Change. In Office 2013 this provides 2 repair options, but as I have never used Office 2000 I can't say if that will work.

Have you tried uninstalling Office & reinstalling it.
Yes, I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling Office. I also tried removing the file associations from the .doc file, thinking something somehow got messed up by associating a .doc file with WordPad before I had Office installed. I tried that after simply uninstalling and reinstalling didn't work.

Office 2000 does have a repair feature. I think I might have tried that before I uninstalled it the first time because it's presented as an option when you uninstall it. If I did try it, it didn't work.

I followed your recommendation and Change was one of the options on the right-click menu. There were 3 options there: Repair Office, Add or Remove Features, and Remove Office.

Is that similar to the 2 repair options in Office 2013?
I should note that there are 2 entries for Microsoft Office in Programs and Features but the second one probably only has to do with the tools and templates that are installed from Disc 2.
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14 Oct 2015   #8
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

It does seem that you now have your computer running satisfactorily except for the Office problem.

As I suggested have you tried the Office repair, & if that does not work, uninstalling Office & reinstalling it.

Our posts have crossed.

Yes Office 2013 does have 2 Repair options & one to uninstall.

What are the 2 entries that you have in Programs & Features, how are they actually worded.
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14 Oct 2015   #9
WebPixie

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
It does seem that you now have your computer running satisfactorily except for the Office problem.

As I suggested have you tried the Office repair, & if that does not work, uninstalling Office & reinstalling it.

Our posts have crossed.

Yes Office 2013 does have 2 Repair options & one to uninstall.

What are the 2 entries that you have in Programs & Features, how are they actually worded.
I only hope it's running satisfactorily aside from the Office problem. This morning it didn't recognize that my printer was connected until I reconnected it to a different USB port, but I just got a note from Dell that they will contact me to look into that.

There are also a few other annoying little quirks, but this issue with Office is causing a problem with how I typically use the computer. Creating a new Word document using the right-click menu takes 1 step, while opening Word and saving a new document in the folder where I want to create it takes several.

There are 3 options when I right-click on Office as you recommended (please see the screenshot below). They are:
Repair Office
Add or Remove Features
Remove Office
When I click on Repair, there are 2 options and a "sub-option." It's the "sub-option" that I have reservations about. The options are when I click on "Repair" are:
  • Reinstall Office
  • Repair errors in my Office installation
    • Restore my shortcuts
When I click Help to get clarification about restoring the shortcuts, I get this:
"Finds and repairs any errors in the Office installation. Click Restore my shortcuts to replace any shortcuts that were removed."

What shortcuts? Removed by what or by whom?

Does that mean the shortcut to Word in the right-click menu?
Does it mean any shortcuts to Office documents that I may have created since Office was installed?

I haven't created any shortcuts that I'm aware of. I just uninstalled and reinstalled Office two days ago. The shortcut to Word on the right-click menu hasn't been there since before I reinstalled Windows 10 days ago. The only Office files I have are the ones I've restored individually from my backup drive.

Your thoughts?

Thanks!


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14 Oct 2015   #10
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

At this point you really have nothing to lose, so you may as well try the options shown in your second screen shot, Repair errors in my installation & if that doesn't help run it again after ticking the Restore my short cuts & see if that makes any difference.
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