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At work we have a network of over a few hundred computers and we just upgraded from Office 2003 to Office 2010. I'm only 10 boxes deep and its already becoming cumbersome to have each individual login and change their defaults from .docx to .doc until all computers on the network are equipped with Office 2010.

Were running Novell Netware vice ActiveDirectory and I am wondering if their is an easier way to automate the task of changing all defaults from .docx to .doc.

TIA
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by:SEASONEDSOLDER
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Download and install the office filters so it will allow the 2003 office installs to at least open up the .docx.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=60C92A37-719C-4077-B5C6-CAC34F4227CC&displaylang=en
This download will install and register IFilters with the Windows Indexing Service. These IFilters are used by Microsoft Search products to index the contents of specific document formats. This Filter Pack includes IFilters for the following formats: .docx, .docm, .pptx, .pptm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb, .zip, .one, .vdx, .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vdx, .vsx, and .vtx.

this should be fine until you get the chance to complete your upgrades
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by:SEASONEDSOLDER
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Don't forget this too:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=941B3470-3AE9-4AEE-8F43-C6BB74CD1466&displaylang=en
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats
Brief Description

Install this compatibility pack if you would like to open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations that were created in the newer versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Scroll down to see instructions and system requirements.
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by:cmdlinegeek
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Thanks, I have used the compatibility pack but haven't tried the IFilters, will update the thread when complete.
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by:deroode
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I'm not 100% sure about office 2010, but in Office 2007 it is a registry setting:


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options]
"DefaultFormat"="Doc"

In Office 2010 it would probably be in the key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\Options

Check before you try (fire up regedit, make the change and see if the registry key changes)
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by:BWaring
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Create a registry batch file with the necessary registry changes, and run it from the NetWare login script. Then the new users will have it automatically added to their profile when they log in. When all the machines are done, change the batch file to set it back to .docx... or use ZENworks if you have it....
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I tried changing the registry key but that didn't work.
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What registry key did you change, and for what version of Office? Just installed Office 2010, set the registry key

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\Options]
"DefaultFormat"="Doc"

fired up word, and the default save format was "doc".

Remember to shutdown all office programs before you make the registry key..
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Ok. Will try and post feedback. Thanks.
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by:BWaring
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These shold be the settings for main programs:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Excel\Options]
"DefaultFormat"=dword:00000038

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\Options]
"DefaultFormat"="Doc"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\PowerPoint\Options]
"DefaultFormat"=dword:00000000

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