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Attempting to open .txt files results in "not a valid win32 application"

Posted on 2008-06-10
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When I attempt to open any .txt files in any application (Word, Excel, even Notepad) it returns an error stating that the .txt file in not a valid win32 applicaiton.  This is not an assoication problem, .txt files are correctly associated with notepad.
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Should also mention that I can open the files once an application is open (file, open or dragging),  just not by double-clicking the file I wish to see.
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Firstly, you should check your NOTPAD.EXE if it's working.. (From EXPLORER, select it and run.. check if it is working properly..)
After that, try this:

In Explorer, select your TXT file and Hold LEFT SHIFT button then click RIGHT MOUSE button on it.. You'll see an extra option there as "Open as..." Click on it and you'll see the registered programs list.. Choose NOTEPAD if available; otherwise, click on BROWSE and find your NOTEPAD.EXE (under WINDOWS directory)..
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deltex141:  Notepad works fine as do all the other applications I could potentially use to view .txt files.  Opening the file using the context menu results in the same error.
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I was able to solve this one myself by changing and reassociating the file type.
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