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Hi,

I've got a machine running Windows 2000 (up to SP2) and Office 2000.

When I receive an e-mail with a Word or Excel document attached I can't launch the attachment by double-clicking on it.  If I do then get various different errors - sometime it immediately displays an error without even trying to load the appropriate application (i.e. Word) and other times it loads Word before giving an error message.

I managed to get round the problem by changing the File Association so that it didn't use DDE - and this works fine for Opening of documents. But - if you want to print a document by right clicking on the attachment and selecting Print then you have to use DDE for it to work.

I really don't understand why i'm having these problems on what is essentially a freshly installed machine.

Any ideas?

Cheers

Pete
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by:defore
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Are you running office 2000 SR1?
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by:peterwest
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I think it's SR2 - i'll have to check when i'm back in the office.
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SR2 is bad news.  There are quite a few ways around this, though.  Take a look at http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/esecup/getexe.htm
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by:peterwest
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So you think that SR2 could be causing the problem?  I can see that there are issues with SR2 but the web link you've provided does not specify this particular problem.

I really need to know a way around the problem that i've described.

Pete
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by:peterwest
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So you think that SR2 could be causing the problem?  I can see that there are issues with SR2 but the web link you've provided does not specify this particular problem.

I really need to know a way around the problem that i've described.

Pete
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by:slink9
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One of the workarounds for this is Chilton Preview.  It is on the link I provided.
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by:peterwest
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Hi,

I've tried the Chilton Preview and whilst it seems to provide some of the functionality it does not allow you the ability to right-click an attachment (or group of attachments) and select Print.

The reason this problem has come to light is because one of our users is receiving many attachments a day that all need printing.  It is obviously very labor intensive to open all the attachments one at a time and print them - therefore we need to be able to use the context menu to print them.

Anyone else know a way round this problem?

Cheers

Pete
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Have you tried to ditch sr2 and go back to sr1a?
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by:peterwest
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Nope - but I might try that.

I'm at the location where the machine is located today so I will be spending a good portion of the day investigating the problem and trying to resolve it.

I'll let you know how I get on and, of course, will award the points accordingly.

Cheers

Pete
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by:peterwest
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Apologies for not responding to this question soon.

I have managed to resolve the problem using the WINWORD /R method to re-register the programme.  However, I found that if I logged on as a standard user and did this then the routine would not execute.

If I did it logged on as an Administrator then it fixed the problem but only for that user.

In the end I had to get round it by making the user with the problem a member of Domain Admins, running the routine and then removing their Admin priviledges.  This seems to have resolved the issue.

Thanks for your comments.

Pete
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Unfortunately none of the comments resolved the problem - the solution was eventually determined through Tech-Net and trial and error.

Pete
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