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Windows 7: MS Word not in default file associations list

21 Sep 2010   #11

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

Getting there.....I can now associate Word as default program. When choosing a file to open, it now opens Word but not the file and a red X box appears saying "There was a problem sending the command to the program"

Thanks so much for your help here....but I'm afraid I have run out of time for today....hope to find you still online tomorrow....

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21 Sep 2010   #12

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

"There was a problem sending the command to the program"

Yes, that is a problem i've come across before, please search these forums and also google because IIRC, it has been solved for many people.

If I'm not around tomorrow, somebody else will be.
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01 Apr 2013   #13

windows 7 professional 64bit
icons restored for office programs, thanks!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! 'winword /r' did it. I've been looking for this fix for months! The REG file for PDF's fixed those too....AWESOME!
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06 Sep 2014   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64
Windows 7: MS Word not in default file associations list

Rename WINWORD.EXE, for example to WINWORD2.EXE.
Then set .doc files to always open with WINWORD2.EXE.
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13 Feb 2015   #15


Thanks osteno. Renaming winword.exe to winword2.exe worked. Office 2013 overlays the Word association. Needed for conversions from Office 2003 to 2013. Then reset the doc file association until you're finished with all upgrades.
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