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Windows 7: Problem setting program defaults


07 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Problem setting program defaults

I am having this weird problem where I can't set the program default for .ppt files as Powerpoint.

I have 64-bit Windows 7 and 32-bit Microsoft Office, which I just installed recently to replace the 64 bit version because the latter didn't work with Mendeley Desktop's automatic bibliography function.

For some reason, .ppt files are not automatically opened by Powerpoint. When I double click a .ppt file, I get a message asking me to select a default program. I first tried using POWERPNT.EXE, under Microsoft Office in Program Files (x86), but for some reason that opened up Adobe Acrobat. WTF!? Next I tried entering the same path that comes up for the Powerpoint icon when I type Powerpoint in at the start menu. This caused some weird program entitled "Microsoft Office Component" instead of "Microsoft Office Powerpoint" to appear in the programs menu that I get when selecting program defaults. I set it as the default and then tried double clicking a .ppt file - this yielded the bizarre error "<filename> is not a valid Win32 application". So I guess I did something wrong setting the default. I went back to the "choose default program" menu and tried navigating to POWERPNT.EXE again, but now selecting it does nothing at all - it just keeps displaying the same "Microsoft Office Component" icon and I keep getting the same error when I try to open the file. I went to the "set program defaults" under the control panel and found that the default for everything except .ppt (e.g. .pptx, .pps, etc.) are all set for "Microsoft Powerpoint". But I can't figure out for the life of me how to get .ppt to have the same setting. Help would be much appreciated!


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07 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

What version of Office are you using and did you uninstall the 64-bit version before you installed the 32-bit one?

I only ask because people have had difficulties in uninstalling Office 2010.

Probably a long shot, but can you try restoring to a restore point before you installed Office 64-bit?
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07 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for your reply!

It's Office 2010 and I did uninstall the 64 bit one first, which was also 2010. I didn't encounter any problems while doing so.

I've never restored to a restore point before ... does that mean restore my whole hard drive to an earlier state? Sounds like overkill if so, but maybe I don't understand what it means.
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07 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

I am using Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
I have MS Office Home and Student 2007.

1. If you have Open With in your right click context menu.....
Right click at your ppt > Open With > select Microsoft Office PowerPoint > put a checkmark at " always use the selected program to open this kind of file > OK

2. Start > Default Programs > Associate a file type or protocol with a program > under Name, scroll down to ppt > look across, under Current Default, it should say Microsoft Office Powerpoint ......
if it does not say that > top right > Change Program > select Microsoft Office PowerPoint > OK

How to add Open With to your right click Context Menu
Open With Context Menu Item - Add or Remove
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07 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi t-4-2, thanks for your reply but I already tried both of the things you said and they didn't work, hence my post. Sorry if this wasn't clear.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
1. If you have Open With in your right click context menu.....
Right click at your ppt > Open With > select Microsoft Office PowerPoint > put a checkmark at " always use the selected program to open this kind of file > OK
My problem is: HOW to "select Microsoft Office PowerPoint" after clicking "Open With"? It doesn't appear as an option. When I click "Browse" I get taken to the full hard drive directory. From there, problems arise as mentioned in my original post.

Quote:
2. Start > Default Programs > Associate a file type or protocol with a program > under Name, scroll down to ppt > look across, under Current Default, it should say Microsoft Office Powerpoint ......
if it does not say that > top right > Change Program > select Microsoft Office PowerPoint > OK
It doesn't say Microsoft Office Powerpoint. When I try to Change Program, I run into the same problem just described.
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07 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baixiwei View Post
Thanks for your reply!

It's Office 2010 and I did uninstall the 64 bit one first, which was also 2010. I didn't encounter any problems while doing so.

I've never restored to a restore point before ... does that mean restore my whole hard drive to an earlier state? Sounds like overkill if so, but maybe I don't understand what it means.
Providing you have system restore switched on, Windows will take snapshots of your system registry at regular intervals, but most likely when you install a new application, driver or update.

If you restore to a point before you installed Office 2010 and that cures your problem all you would need to do is re-install Office along with any other software during the relevant interval.

I know it seems like overkill, but you are not uninstalling Windows and your personal data will be untouched.
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07 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baixiwei View Post
Hi t-4-2, thanks for your reply but I already tried both of the things you said and they didn't work, hence my post. Sorry if this wasn't clear.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
1. If you have Open With in your right click context menu.....
Right click at your ppt > Open With > select Microsoft Office PowerPoint > put a checkmark at " always use the selected program to open this kind of file > OK
My problem is: HOW to "select Microsoft Office PowerPoint" after clicking "Open With"? It doesn't appear as an option. When I click "Browse" I get taken to the full hard drive directory. From there, problems arise as mentioned in my original post.

Quote:
2. Start > Default Programs > Associate a file type or protocol with a program > under Name, scroll down to ppt > look across, under Current Default, it should say Microsoft Office Powerpoint ......
if it does not say that > top right > Change Program > select Microsoft Office PowerPoint > OK
It doesn't say Microsoft Office Powerpoint. When I try to Change Program, I run into the same problem just described.
Do me a favour, please check this...
Start > All programs > scroll down to Microsoft Office > left click > what are listed there ?
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07 Jun 2011   #8

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baixiwei View Post
Thanks for your reply!

It's Office 2010 and I did uninstall the 64 bit one first, which was also 2010. I didn't encounter any problems while doing so.

I've never restored to a restore point before ... does that mean restore my whole hard drive to an earlier state? Sounds like overkill if so, but maybe I don't understand what it means.
Providing you have system restore switched on, Windows will take snapshots of your system registry at regular intervals, but most likely when you install a new application, driver or update.

If you restore to a point before you installed Office 2010 and that cures your problem all you would need to do is re-install Office along with any other software during the relevant interval.

I know it seems like overkill, but you are not uninstalling Windows and your personal data will be untouched.
Hm ... OK, I see ... however, I installed the 64 bit version a long long time ago, did you mean go back before the 64 bit one was installed or just before the 32 bit one was installed?

Quote:
Do me a favour, please check this...
Start > All programs > scroll down to Microsoft Office > left click > what are listed there ?
Microsoft Office Excel, Powerpoint, and Word. (I didn't install the rest of Office, just these three. Word programs open fine by default.)
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21 Jun 2011   #9

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Bumping, anyone else have any ideas for how to solve this issue?

(I am still not sure about seavixen32's suggestion due to the question I raised in my previous post. Office 64 was installed a long long time ago so it would be a huge pain and perhaps impossible for me to go that far back.)
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22 Jun 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Press Start > type file association into the search field box.
You will see "Change the file type associated with a file extension" appear at the top of the list above.

Now touch the link and allow the window to populate.
Next find the .pps from the list on the left > highlight it and touch "Change Program" (up on the right). Hopefully PowerPoint will be listed as available - select it, and the association should be fixed.
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