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Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by Robert the Bruce, Jun 16, 2018.

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  1. Robert the Bruce

    Robert the Bruce Banned Thread Starter

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    I hope I'm in the correct sub-forum.
    Can anyone tell me how to open any of the files listed in the screenshot ?
    In my previous PC (Windows XP Home) I compiled these lists using Microsoft Word (if I'm remembering correctly) but with my new PC (Windows 10) I don't think Microsoft Word comes already installed.
    As you can see the file is listed as a Windows Media Player file but when I try to open the file it won't play/open.
    I've tried Word Pad and Note Pad but without success.
    I need to open these files to add to one or two of the lists before printing off.
    Umm, but how ?
     

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  2. lochlomonder

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    Install LibreOffice and use the word processor from that package to edit the files.
     
  3. Robert the Bruce

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    Is it free and not a trial version or anything ? Also, is there nothing within Windows 10 which will open the files before I download this Libre Office ?
     
  4. kenbok51

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    I don't know if the program is free but from viewing your image I can see you have "hide extensions for known file types" checked in your Folder Options under the View Tab. It's one of the first things I do when I install a fresh OS along with unchecking "hide protected operating system files". They do little to protect you but can really make figuring out what's going on a real pain. I don't use Win 10 and probably never will so I don't know if it's the same as my Win 7 machine.
    Doing the above will allow you to see the actual file extension after the names of the files, which can help you figure out what you need to open them.
     
  5. Robert the Bruce

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    What is one of the first things you do when you install a fresh OS, along with unchecking 'hide protected operating system files' ?
    I don't see 'Folder Options' anywhere but I do see a View tab. I've looked all over the first image I posted and I can't see 'Folder Options' anywhere. I've now checked the box 'File Name Extensions' is that what you refer to ?
     

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  6. lochlomonder

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    It's freeware; no need for purchases. Microsoft did have a free Word Viewer; however, that was discontinued last November.
     
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    What version of Microsoft Office did you had in Windows XP?
     
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    No, it was wrong forum. Moved to W10
     
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    Seems your projects were made for Windows Media Player and W10 no longer supports WMP. You may need to install either VLC or Realplayer to view your videos.
     
  10. lochlomonder

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    Untrue. WMP is still supported in Win 10. Furthermore, as the OP mentioned:

     
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    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Don't talk rubbish. If you don't know what you are talking about, then don't answer
    He has somehow erroneously set Windows media player as program to open the file types
    He has been told the correct way to deal with it by installing Libre office & that will take over the correct file type & display the files correctly

    @Robert the Bruce right click one of the doc files once you install libre office & select open with libre office writer
    That will set the correct file type designator and open them in libre office
     
  12. Robert the Bruce

    Robert the Bruce Banned Thread Starter

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    I don't know. It was just a disc I was given with Microsoft Word written on it.
     
  13. Robert the Bruce

    Robert the Bruce Banned Thread Starter

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    But they are just word documents....lists really.
     
  14. Robert the Bruce

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    Thanks, I will download Libre Office. I don't understand why these documents are set to open with WMP. WMP is definetely not the program I would choose to open a typed out worded document......such as a C.V.
     
  15. Robert the Bruce

    Robert the Bruce Banned Thread Starter

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    OK, I've downloaded and installed Libre Office and thought everything was fine until I saw this (see screenshot). So, now what does this mean and what should I do ?
     

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