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Excel 2003 upgrade to 2007 SP3 not able to associate file types. Excel no longer listed in Default Programs.

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Windows 7 Pro SP1 PCs having issues with Office Pro upgrade. Excel 2003 upgrade to 2007 SP3 not able to associate file types. Excel no longer listed in Default Programs.
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Question by:SteveSoileau
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by:Phillip Burton
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1. Right-hand click on an Excel spreadsheet in Windows Explorer.
2. Select "Open With..."
3. Select "Browse".
4. Browse to your installation folder (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office")
5. Go to the appropriate Office folder (which I think is Office12 for Office 2007).
6. Click on Excel.exe. Click on Open.
7. Excel should now appear as a program. If it is not selected, click on it.
8. Check "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file".
9. Click OK.

Hopefully that will solve the problem.
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by:Rob Henson
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Alternatively, in Control Panel you can set the Default Program for specific file types.

Control Panel > Default Programs > Associate File type  - in the list on the left find those beginning with .xl and then click on the Change Program button at the top right.

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Rob H
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by:SteveSoileau
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Thank you for your replies.

In both instances; Explorer or Control Panel, Default Programs I cannot get the Excel icon  in the "Recommended Programs" field. I browse to the location of Excel, highlight the icon and click open, but doesn't appear in the "Recommended Programs" field.

I can run Excel and open any .xl* file.  But my users cannot open an .xl* from Outlook without saving locally, or open from directly from Windows Explorer.
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by:Phillip Burton
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It may not be in the "Recommended Programs", but is it in the "Other Programs" section?
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by:SteveSoileau
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Sorry, Excel is not listed in any section of "Open With" display.

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Microsoft has a long standing issue with Office upgrades and blown file association. After searching I found a utility written by an engineer with Microsoft. While it was designed to work with older versions of Windows; it solved my problem on Windows 7 Pro. The utility is OpenWithAdd_1.2.

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 Steve Soileau
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by:SteveSoileau
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No other solution would populate the "Open with" dialog box with the appropriate program.
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