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Windows 7: How do I Microsoft Word 2010 default progam with .docx?

13 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Yesterday I bought a new laptop. Before I got rid of the old one, I backed up all my files. I was previously running office 2007 which uses .docx. This new laptop came with a key to be entered on the office website which would download and install Office Home and Student 2010. I copied all my old files onto this new laptop, however, I cannot set Word 2010 to be the default program to open .docx files. If i right click a .docx file and select 'Open with...' Word is not in the list of programs. If I browse, it is not in 'Program Files'. I am able to start Word from the start menu. I figured that if I do this, open the task manager, under applications right click on 'Document 1 - Microsoft Word' and select 'Go to process' it would show me the executable's title under the 'Processes' in the Task Manager, which it does (WINWORD.EXE). If I right click on this and select 'Properties' I get an error message

The specified path does not exist.

Check the path, and try again.'

I understand that Office 2010 uses Click-to-Run technology and that Q:\ is a drive created by Click-to-Run and that I cannot access this drive.

So if I cannot access WINWORD.EXE, how can I make Word 2010 the default program to open .docx. I can open Word and then from there open a file, but I would much rather be able to click a file from it's directory and have it open in Word.

Thanks in advance

When I right click on the shortcut in the start menu, it gives the following as the 'Target'...

'"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared\Virtualization Handler\CVH.EXE" "Microsoft Word 2010 9014006104090000"'

...and the following as the 'Location'

'C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Office Home and Student (English)'

I have tried making CVH.EXE the default program, but when I do this and try to open a .docx file, nothing happens.

For some reason, I have two folders for 'Program Files'. There is 'Program Files' and 'Program Files (x86)'. I can access both of these and everything seems to be where it should, but when I go to either 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14' or 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14' I fail to see anything to do with Microsoft Word.

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13 Oct 2010   #2
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Accessing the Q drive is not possible with the Explorer. There are, however, some methods proposed on how to do that - example: ( Independent App-V Blog SoftGrid: 5 easy ways to look inside the Q-drive ). If you Google "Access to Q drive", you'll find more.

Btw. All Windows7 have x86 program files and (x64) program files.
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