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Office 2010 Home and Student, Unable to “Open With” Word, Excel etc.

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Office 2010 Home and Student, Unable to “Open With” Word, Excel etc.

A customer just brought in a machine to be reformatted, and asked us to put Office on it for him. However as of now we are still waiting for our first retail copies of Office 2010 Home and Student to arrive. Thinking I was clever I installed the trial version from the Microsoft Website and figured I’ d pop the key in as soon as the final version arrived. Immediately something seemed bizarre. The Start Menu Group for Office 2010 had (English) appended to the end of it. I right clicked on the executables and realised they were pointing to “C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedVirtualization HandlerCVH.EXE” What the hell I think. Why is Office being Virtualised? Apparently this is a product of the use as you download feature of the Digital Download, they use an application virtualisation layer to allow you to use the app while it downloads all of the features. However this causes an unexpected problem, there is no easy way to open other non-standard formats from Explorer in Office. I developed this fix because a customer needs the ability to open WPS and XLR (Works Spreadsheet) files. As soon as the retail disks arrive I’ m going to uninstall Office and put a correct copy on there but for now I came up with this.

I made a new batch file, with the contents:

“C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedVirtualization HandlerCVH.EXE” “Microsoft Excel 2010 9014006104090000” %1

Then I saved it as “openwithexcel.bat”, then I told the Open With dialog to always use that batch file to open XLR. Worked no Problem, I then made a second batch file called “openwithword.bat” with the contents:

“C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedVirtualization HandlerCVH.EXE” “Microsoft Excel 2010 9014006104090000” %1
Works great. This is a pretty massive oversight on Microsoft’s part, I can’ t wait to make images of the retail disks so we don’ t have this issue again.
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9 Comments
  • Willie
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    Posted at 10:18 pm, August 4, 2010

    There must be a better way to associate this icons. The same thing happens (no file association) using the OEM pre-installation kit.

    That’s going to be a lot of unhappy customers.

  • Tyler
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    Posted at 8:58 am, September 30, 2010

    You couldn’t right click on the file with the xlr extension, choose open with, and choose the Microsoft Virtualization layer, and make that the default action?

  • vallembrosan
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    Posted at 7:16 pm, October 4, 2010

    Re: Tyler… the virtualization program does not even show up as an option for “open with”. Its all some great kludge by Microsoft. I have been searching for days on the internet for a solution. There are lots of people with the problem, but MS seems oblivious to it.

  • Duncan
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    Posted at 11:18 am, October 14, 2010

    This fix is brilliant, thanks! There is so much rubbish on the web about this problem – this fix actually works without having to faff about reinstalling office.

  • Barnt
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    Posted at 3:35 pm, December 7, 2010

    If you want to use this fix, you don’t necessarily want to use the exact syntax provided above. Copy the target of the Word or Excel shortcut in the start menu on your computer.

  • Barnt
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    Posted at 3:35 pm, December 7, 2010

    PS, great fix, thanks!

  • Monirul
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    Posted at 10:57 pm, April 28, 2011

    Thank You! Worked perfectly! I have a netbook… and this was the only solution i was able to find.

  • Whitehairedgeezer
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    Posted at 4:50 am, May 29, 2011

    Thank goodness someone has a fix for this (oh – the Word batch file is wrong but you can take the details off the Word shortcut) Now all I have to do is find a way of making the document icon look like a word document, Typical MSoft poorly though out rubbish

  • Helen
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    Posted at 2:50 pm, October 31, 2012

    Hi,
    This sounds like it could solve my problem – I can’t associate to the word 2010 I instakked as an upgrade- but I’m not a programmer. I assume I could write batch-file in any text editor, but where would I save the batch file?
    Thanks

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