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Cannot open any .XLS files in Windows 7 64-bit

edwardsx6 1 10 October 15, 2015 at 01:28 AM
User had Office 2003 on Windows 7 64-bit machine, then I upgraded user to Office 2007 and problem began. Not able to open any .xls files now. "Open with" dialog comes up and says "choose the program you want to use to open this file" - The only recommended program in the list is Windows Media Center and Additional programs are everything EXCEPT Excel?! Even if I put to Excel.exe in my Office14 folder it does not accept it.

I have already tried 1) pointing to the Office14 folder with no success 2) uninstalling and re-installing Office 2007, 2010 with no success and 3) I tried repairing Office with no success.

Can anyone recommend anything else? Much appreciated!

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Try the steps recommended in the first post of this thread [makeuseof.com]
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Can you open excel, and then open the file from:
File->Open

If this works, then we can continue troubleshooting
If not, we can investigate further

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User had Office 2003 on Windows 7 64-bit machine, then I upgraded user to Office 2007 and problem began. Not able to open any .xls files now. "Open with" dialog comes up and says "choose the program you want to use to open this file" - The only recommended program in the list is Windows Media Center and Additional programs are everything EXCEPT Excel?! Even if I put to Excel.exe in my Office14 folder it does not accept it.

I have already tried 1) pointing to the Office14 folder with no success 2) uninstalling and re-installing Office 2007, 2010 with no success and 3) I tried repairing Office with no success.

Can anyone recommend anything else? Much appreciated!
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Last edited by aznboicn October 15, 2015 at 07:58 AM
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in the "open with" dialog navigate to proper excel, and select use this program
check registry for .xls extension
this is from new office (2013)

check the following nodes :


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xls]
"Content Type"="application/vnd.ms-excel"
@="Excel.Sheet.8"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xls\Excel.Sheet.8]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xls\Excel.Sheet.8\ShellNew]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xls\PersistentHandler]
@="{98DE59A0-D175-11CD-A7BD-00006B827D94}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xls\ShellEx]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xls\ShellEx\{8895b1c6-b41f-4c1c-a562-0d564250836f}]
@="{00020827-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
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OP, did you resolve your issue?
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