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Can not open Word Docs

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I am having problems opening word docs with .doc file extensions. I do not have word but am operating Microsoft Works 8.0. I don't think the problem is there however but with my Operating System, which is Windows XP home addition. When I try to open a word file I get a message that the file is not recognized and I should go into the control panel and folder options to create a file association. I have done this and associated the .doc files to use Microsoft works as the application to open it. I click ok, reboot my computer and nothing, same problem. I have been cleaning up my hard drive lately, unistalling lots of progarms I don't use, mostly drivers for my digital camera and photographery software. I fear however I may have deleted something.

I used to be able to open word docs using Microsoft Works, no problem. Now what is the deal. I can't figure it out. Please help.


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If all you want to do is view the Microsoft word files then you can download the Word Reader for free. It does not work with Word 2007. If who you are receiving a document from has word 2007 they will need to change the file type and resend it.

You can get the word reader From Microsoft's Website Here
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