Office Software Thread, Word 2003 / Word 2007 .doc file association problem in Technical; We have just re imaged our 500 xp clients to include office 2003 and 2007 on the same machine so ...
3rd September 2008, 12:09 PM #1
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Word 2003 / Word 2007 .doc file association problem
We have just re imaged our 500 xp clients to include office 2003 and 2007 on the same machine so users can start getting used to 2007. If we removed 2003 then we would get lynched!!
The problem we have found this morning is that all .doc files are now associated with word 2007 so when the end user clicks on a .doc file it loads word 2007. Does anyone know how to change the file association so that all .doc files are loaded in word 2003 and all docx files are loaded in 2007?
This doesn't stop them from loading word 2003 first then opening the required file from the File – open menu as I understand it the preferred working practice is for the users to click on the required .doc file and launch word like so rather than using the WinWord shortcut.
Many thanks in advance for any assistance with this
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3rd September 2008, 12:10 PM #2
you can use the 'ftype' and 'assoc' dos commands to alter file associations.
Thanks to Geoff from:
tmcd35 (26th February 2009)
3rd September 2008, 12:13 PM #3
good luck with running both 2003 and 2007 on the one machine!
We found that when you try to use 2007 after using 2003 you have to wait ages while the whole 2007 'configures' - it seems to take longer than a fresh install..
3rd September 2008, 12:15 PM #4
Beat me to it. I believe there are many threads here about this and I don't remember reading a solution.
Originally Posted by RabbieBurns
If you are running 2003 and 2007 without this problem then could you let us know how? I would be very interested.
3rd September 2008, 01:21 PM #5
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13th October 2008, 11:24 PM #6
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Solution for dual install of office 2003 and 2007-plus solution for files association
This simple trick was done on Windows XP Pro 32 bit version
A.- Installing both office 2003 and office 2007 on the same system
1.- Install office 2003 before you install office 2007.
2.- Create a folder in the program files folder with the name microsoft office 2007 or another name, it does not matter.
3.- When installing office 2007 click on customize button.
4.- Then click on keep previous versions of office (or something like that, my OS is in spanish).
5.-After installation and reboot click on start/run and type in regedit.
6.- When the windows pops up go to the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\W ord\Options
7.- now insert a DWORD value by going to edit-new-DWORD value.
8.- type in exactly "NoReReg" without quotes, then double click on it, click on decimal and type in 1 and accept.
9.- Repeat procedure in steps 7 and 8, but throught the following:
10.- Reboot to apply changes.
Now you Should not get the dialog boxes every time you switch office versions.
B.- Changing file associations in order to open .doc and other files with office 2003 and .docx and other files with office 2007
If you have the micosoft office compatibility pack for word, excel and powerpoint 2007 installed, then you have to unistall it.
1.- go to local disk/program files/microsoft/OFFICE11 and change the names of all executables (WINWORD, POWERPNT, OIS, MSPUB, MSACCESS, EXCEL, INFOPATH) to whatever you want, for example WINWORD2003.
2. Then right click on an .doc file, click on open with, then click on choose program, when the window pops up click on browse and look for WINWORD2003 or the name you assigned it, which is in the OFFICE11 folder.
3.- after you have selected the microsoft office word with the old icon, check the box that says besides it something like always use this program... and click accept or ok (my OS is in spanish).
4.- Repeat the procedure in steps 2 and 3 for all office 2003 programs.
5.- now right click on a .docx file, click on open with, then click on choose program, select the microsoft office word with the new icon, check the box that says besides it something like always use this program... and click accept or ok.
6.- Repeat procedure in step 5 for all office 2007 programs.
Now .doc and other files should open with office 2003 and .docx and other files should open with office 2007.
for more information go to:
Installing Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same system - David Overton's Blog - David Overton's Blog and Discussion Site
How to get rid of the installer / configuration dialog when running Office 2007 and Office 2003 on the same system - for Vista and other versions of Windows - David Overton's Blog - David Overton's Blog and Discussion Site
Information about using 2007 Office suites and programs on a computer that is running another version of Office
I did not find out this by myself I googled it.
I hope this works for you guys, it did for me.
I apologize for my english beforehand, I am not a native speaker or writer.
Thanks to Mariowarrior777 from:
box_l (13th October 2008)
13th October 2008, 11:39 PM #7
14th October 2008, 12:04 AM #8
I had great difficulty running both 2003 and 2007 (I also didn't fully understand if I was licensed for both) so have had to roll back to 2003. However with open office 3.0 out today PC Pro: News: First Look: Open Office 3.0
I'm going to use that and 2007 and hopefully avoid compatibility issues... Watch this space
12th January 2009, 04:47 PM #9
Originally Posted by RabbieBurns
we did that here and it worked fine at my college. just so everyone knows this is in the us.
18th March 2009, 02:55 PM #10
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Thanks a lot. Option "B" worked great for me. I mostly use word 2003 - it is more ergonomic for advanced use and use only one feature of word 2007 - email merge.
I was looking for a solution for a long time. All fixes I tried didn't work.
So option B - to rename "word.exe" of word 2003 to something new and to change association to that.
5th January 2010, 10:39 PM #11
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This worked great for me when it comes to Word! But how do I change the registry settings for the equivalent on Access? (I also have the registration problem when starting Access 2007 after having used an earlier version. There is no "Option" category in the registry under Access like there is under Word.
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