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Where do I find the winword.exe file in Office 2010 so I can point there for the file association?


Win 7 home premium and Office 2010 installed.

I discovered that Word-files had no associations at all. Trying to "Open With", there are no Winword icon to associate with. Try to browse to Winword.exe but can not locate it where it usually would be.
(even tried to search entire c-drive for the file).

Starting WORD by clicking the shortcut at desktop works fine and then file-open the document.

I've tried to copy the target path from the properties of the shortcut, i.e:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared\Virtualization Handler\CVH.EXE" "Microsoft Word 2010 90140062041D0000"
and used that as path in the file association dialog box. But that does not work.
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by:moon_blue69
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it should be somewhere here
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office13

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by:Martin_Radbo
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It is not. The only file close to this is the Winconv.exe located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12.

There are also a Office14 with no .exe at all, and finally, in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14 there are nothing of interest either.



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On the short cut when you click its properties there should be a button find target which will take you to the exe where it is
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by:Martin_Radbo
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Well, as you can see from my original post, the target is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared\Virtualization Handler   and the .exe-file for the shortcut is CVH.EXE

Someone must know why it point there????    Obviusly there do not seem to be any winword.exe on the whole harddrive.
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by:GrahamSkan
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When Word is running, you could try opening Task Manager and right-clicking on WINWORD.EXE on the Processes tab. Choose Properties from the pop-up. The path should be given beside 'Location:' on the General tab.
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You could download the free Process Explorer. Open a Word 2010 document and open Process Explorer. Right-click on WINWORD.EXE and select Properties > Image. There, you should see the path, that should look something like: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\WINWORD.EXE.

Process Explorer doesn't require any installation. Simply run the executable file once downloaded. Then, configure the Process Explorer window to your liking. You can even replace the Task Manager (CTRL+ALT+DEL) by clicking on Options > Replace Task Manager. You'll get a lot more features and details than with the Task Manager.

download processor explorer from here

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx
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by:Martin_Radbo
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Task manager told me that files are located at Q:\, a drive with access denied and not present in disk manager. I think it might be som virtual CD-drive used during installation or similar but I am not sure.

I think I will have to go there and do a complete uninstallation.
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by:moon_blue69
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Hi

If word is running it has to be somewhere in your disk. Do you suspect some virus?

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by:Martin_Radbo
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Well, from the my first post:

I've tried to copy the target path from the properties of the shortcut, i.e:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared\Virtualization Handler\CVH.EXE" "Microsoft Word 2010 90140062041D0000"
and used that as path in the file association dialog box. But that does not work.

What is CVH ?  
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moon_blue69 earned 500 total points
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Hi

CVH I have searched and found as microsoft virtualization handler it opens all microsoft office applications. See the following post. I will research further and try to find a solution mean time

http://superuser.com/questions/96477/how-to-associate-document-files-with-ms-office-2010-beta


http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=190337

http://www.greenwireit.com/office-2010-home-and-student-unable-to-open-with-word-excel-etc/

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Were you using a beta version/trial version of office 2010??
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by:Martin_Radbo
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http://www.greenwireit.com/office-2010-home-and-student-unable-to-open-with-word-excel-etc/
dit the trick, even if it is a quite "dirty" way of solving this problem.

Thanks
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You are welcome
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