Problem after installing Office SP3 on Office XP

After installing SP3 - which installs with no errors I have all sorts of 
problems with office. When I try to start Excel I get a message "unable to 
read file". If a try to open an existing excel document I get the same error 
and the documment will not open.

In Word I get an error saying cannot open template,and when I try to close 
it down it says "the file Normal already exists. Do you want to replace the 
existing file.

Does anybody have any ideas ??
NickLodge (1)
11/28/2004 2:51:03 PM
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Sounds like your file associations could be bad.  Try re-registering these

For Excel.........

First try the standard fix(es)......Tools>Options>General uncheck "ignore
other applications"

OR  Start>Run "excel.exe /regserver"(no quotes and note the space before the /

You may have to enter your full path to that case surround
with quotes as in.....  "C:\mypath\to Excel\somewhere\excel.exe" /regserver

For Word...........

Start>Run "winword.exe /r" (no quotes and note the space before the /
mark).  Again, you may have to enter the full path to winword.exe

Gord Dibben Excel MVP

On Sun, 28 Nov 2004 06:51:03 -0800, NickLodge
<> wrote:

>After installing SP3 - which installs with no errors I have all sorts of 
>problems with office. When I try to start Excel I get a message "unable to 
>read file". If a try to open an existing excel document I get the same error 
>and the documment will not open.
>In Word I get an error saying cannot open template,and when I try to close 
>it down it says "the file Normal already exists. Do you want to replace the 
>existing file.
>Does anybody have any ideas ??

11/28/2004 5:20:02 PM

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