Win32 Error in Excel

Posted on 2008-11-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I'm having issues with Excel.  I'm unable to click on a spreadsheet and have it open, comes up with the error message xxx.xls is not a valid win32 Application.  I'm running both Office 97 and Office 2007.
The file will open if I open excel first and go to file open.
Please help!!!
Question by:Hesitdept
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi Hesitdept,

    have you tried to set the association manually, i.e. like this (I'm not sure if the names below are correct since I have no English Windows, I tried to translate them as I think they could be named):

    1. right-click on a .xls file
    2. select 'Open with ...->Choose application' from context menu ... it might be this menu doesn't exist - in this case repeat 1. but with pressed SHIFT-key.
    3. In the upcoming dialog select Excel as application and check the option 'Always open this filetype with this application'

    Hope that helps,


    Author Closing Comment

    Yup this worked!!
    It was pointing to Office 97--once I selected to open with Office 2007 it worked! :) Thank you
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    Expert Comment

    You're welcome - I'm glad I could help ...

    Have a nice day,

    best regards,


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