Unable to set File Associations


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Guest

Hi
I have quite a specific problem but I thought I would post it on this forum
so that someone can point me in the right direction.

I am having trouble with setting file associations. I have one admin account
and two limited user accounts. I installed MS Office 2003 on my PC recently
using the admin account. The word/excel/etc files open without any hassle
when i login to this admin account.

If I switch to any of the limited access accounts, the default application
(Wordpad) tries to open word files. There is no default application for
opening excel files.

I have tried the following
# Tried to set the file association manually by going to Open With... and
using the checkbox to confirm that Word/Excel should be the default app. This
just closes the dialog box. The associations don't get set?!
# Tried re-installing Office again just to be sure but its still the same.
# I searched on the forum and tried this ->
Windows® XP File Association Fixes
Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

Unfortunately its made no difference. Any suggestions (ingenius or
otherwise) are welcome.

My System Config -
Intel P4 3.00GHz
512 MB RAM
Windows XP SP2
MS Office 2003

Cheers
 
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Drew Tognola

Khandes3,

Try to 'Copy & Paste' the Excel shortcut from the administrator's account
into the other two accounts.
* Log into the administrator account, copy the Excel shortcut
* Right-click on 'Start' button, select 'Explore all users'
* Click the 'Start Menu', Paste shortcut(s)

If you still can't open from the other accounts I would think it's some kind
of 'Permission' issue

Drew
 
G

Guest

Hi Drew
I can open Microsoft Excel and Word from any account. No problems there. Its
just that I cannot set the file associations for .doc and .xls etc. when I am
in the limited user accounts. I have to open the file within Excel
[File->Open] instead of just double clicking on the file.
Many Thanks
Saurabh
 
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G

Guest

Try this:

After installation of Office do not remove Cached files when asked to save
disk space or after installation or reinstallation do not remove your Office
CD from CD drive. Set your all users account to administrator (just for a
time period). Then log in to their account and try running some office
application. See, if ms-office copy some files again. If yes, then let him do
that. It will be for first and last time. After that login to admin account
and set other accounts to limited again.

Hope this information helps you, let us know!

khandes3 said:
Hi Drew
I can open Microsoft Excel and Word from any account. No problems there. Its
just that I cannot set the file associations for .doc and .xls etc. when I am
in the limited user accounts. I have to open the file within Excel
[File->Open] instead of just double clicking on the file.
Many Thanks
Saurabh

Drew Tognola said:
Khandes3,

Try to 'Copy & Paste' the Excel shortcut from the administrator's account
into the other two accounts.
* Log into the administrator account, copy the Excel shortcut
* Right-click on 'Start' button, select 'Explore all users'
* Click the 'Start Menu', Paste shortcut(s)

If you still can't open from the other accounts I would think it's some kind
of 'Permission' issue

Drew
 

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