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Windows 7: How do I restore Word as my file editor? Office 365 killed it.

06 Aug 2013   #11


I get the 1st screen BUT NOT THE SECOND. Sorry if that was not clear in my post above. Attached is an example.

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06 Aug 2013   #12

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

Try opening a command prompt and navigating to the office folder (should be something like C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14). Once in the correct folder, enter winword /r which should register Word so the systen knows it's installed. Once that's done then you should be able to find it in the default programs list.
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07 Aug 2013   #13


I opened a DOS command windows
I did a CD "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14"
I performed the winword /r
Office re-registered.

Kudos to Strollin, as Winword DOES indeed now open the file if I click on it. :)
However, my other symptoms of the root problem have not disappeared.

This did NOT change the list of default programs (as seen by start > run > set default programs, which can also be found directly in the control panel).
and the ERROR MESSAGE, instead of an "open with" list, has not changed (see my posts above) - so I am moving this registry issue to another thread.

Thank you.

Attached is another example of the error when I try to "open with" on right-click.

Also, I have checked that this problem is affecting ALL existing and new users on the computer.

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29 Jan 2015   #14

Windows 7
Same Problem Solved


I had exactly the same problem and only came across this forum today. I managed to fix mine so I thought I should post to see if it solves anyone elses problem.

I have Windows 7 and the option to 'Open With' does not appear. I had to:

1) Click Open
2) Select program from list
3) Searched my C drive for 'Word', found it: C drive> Program Files(x86)> Common files> microsoft shared> Virtualisation Handler>
...and the file name was CVH
4) I then went back to the program list and browsed through the folders to find CVH.

And hey presto it worked! I hope this helps someone else. :)
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21 Sep 2015   #15

Win 7 64-bit

This is an old post, but it's important to know a valid, working solution (because I scoured the Internet and few people actually had a working solution). This issue annoyed the heck out of me too. I found something that actually works and I feel the world must know. There has to be something decent and good left in this world.


  • 365 broke my 2010 as the original poster noted. No surprises there.
  • Anyways, double-clicking any *.doc, *.docx and *.docm files launches Word 365/2013 (ugly, annoying color scheme).
  • If you launch Office 2010 products directly and then open existing files it'll open those files in Office 2010.
  • If you look at any sort of "default" Control Panel screen, Word/Excel 2010 is nowhere to be found.
  • If you attempt to right-click and Open With and attempt to browse into the proper "Office14" path to open the proper 2010 Word or Excel EXE files, it doesn't fix the Office 365 file association.
I tried various things people suggested such as messing with the registry, Default Programs in Control Panel, even the tip immediately above my post etc.. No go.

The solution that worked for me (Windows 7, 64-bit):

1. Go into Control Panel > Programs and Features.
2. Right-click Office 2010 and select Change.
3. Select Repair. Allow repair to finish.

The icons for my *.doc, *.docx and *.docm files all now show the familiar 2010 version. When double-clicking those files, Word 2010 now launches.
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09 Jun 2016   #16

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
Works with Open Office as well

>>>>The solution that worked for me (Windows 7, 64-bit):

1. Go into Control Panel > Programs and Features.
2. Right-click Office 2010 and select Change.
3. Select Repair. Allow repair to finish. <<<<

Wang Sage:

Thank you so much for posting this solution. I had a similar problem with Office 2013 that I believe was caused by Open Office rather than 365.

After uninstalling Open Office. .docx files opened with Wordpad by default. No amount of reassigning the file extension to winword.exe changed that, nor did running the winword /r fix, even from within the directory.

Running the repair as you described from Control Panel did the trick.
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