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.doc files will not open in Word 2003 from File Explorer

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    Windows 7 and Windows 8

    .doc files will not open in Word 2003 from File Explorer


    I have a laptop with Windows 8 and Word 2003 installed.
    When I double-click on a .doc file in File Explorer, a warning window comes up that asks whether or not I will allow a program to make changes to my computer. When I click yes, Word 2003 opens, but the file does not open. There is a warning message that says that there was a problem sending the command to the program.
    If I then click file-open, I can go to the file that I was trying to open from File Explorer, and the file will open normally.
    How can I fix things so that I can open .doc files from File Explorer?

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  2. #2


    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Verify that the file association for .doc uses Word as default.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7 and Windows 8

    Verify that the file association for .doc uses Word as def


    It does.
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  4. #4


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Windows key + R and type regedit, create a backup (Export) of regedit before doing the following
    Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\
    Look for .lnk extension
    Delete the userchioce key
    Reboot
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.doc files will not open in Word 2003 from File Explorer
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