MS Word not in default file associations list

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  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
       #1

    MS Word not in default file associations list


    I have installed MS Office Professional 2003 on Windows 7. I cannot get Word to associate with .doc files to open files from Windows. Word is not there as an option to choose as a default program in "Open with" or via "Associate a file type...". I can browse to find WINWORD.EXE within Office11, but when I click "Open" nothing happens! I can open Word, and then open .doc files from within Word but not from Windows. Any advice welcome....
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  2. Posts : 5,056
    Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
       #2

    Try repairing or reinstalling office 2003.
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  3. Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks Bill2 but I've tried that already!
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  4. Posts : 5,056
    Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
       #4

    Try this.

    Press winkey + R, then in the Run box type:

    winword /r

    Hit Enter, then check whether the problem is still there.

    If that throws up an error, type in the full path to the Winword executable like this (whatever the exact path is):

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Winword.exe /r
    Last edited by Bill2; 21 Sep 2010 at 07:03.
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  5. Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
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       #5

    Thanks - OK - done that - it said it was configuring Office. But still can't choose Word as the default for .doc. Other file types have Word as the default and they work fine. This is so frustrating!
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  6. Posts : 5,056
    Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
       #6

    In regedit, navigate to the following key and highlight it:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc

    Then look at the values in the right pane, what do they say?
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  7. Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
    Thread Starter
       #7

    (Default) REG_SZ doc_auto_file
    Content Type REG_SZ application/msword
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  8. Posts : 5,056
    Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
       #8

    Try this. Backup the following registry key first (right click the key, then click Export):

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc

    Then in the right pane, click on the "Default" you mentioned earlier and modify its data to:

    Word.Document.8

    Close regedit, now check.
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  9. Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
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       #9

    Just found further folders and files within the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc as follows:

    .doc/OpenWithList (Default) REG_SZ (value not set)
    .doc/OpenWithList/wkswp.exe (Default) REG_SZ (value not set)
    .doc/PersistentHandler (Default) REG_SZ {98DE59A0-D175-11CD-A7BD-00006B827D94}
    .doc/Word.Document.8 (Default) REG_SZ (value not set)
    .doc/Word.Document.8/ShellNew (Default) REG_SZ (value not set)
    .doc/Word.Document.8/ShellNew FileName REG_SZ winword8.doc

    So, is it the first one - in .doc and not in any subsequent folders - that I change the Default file?

    Thanks so much for your help with this.
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  10. Posts : 5,056
    Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
       #10

    The first one, exactly the one i asked you to check the value of.
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