Windows 7 - document name or path not valid

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kirklott

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I'm trying to open a Word document I've used for a year, and for the past 3 months on Windows 7.

Suddenly, the very buggy Windows 7 decides "document name or path not valid." AFAIK, I've made no relevant changes - permissions etc. - so I have no idea what it's referring to.

The dialog box recommends:
  1. -check file permissions for documents or drive
  2. -use Open File dialog box to open document

I've checked #1, Windows 7 help gives no info on #2.

Suggestions?
 

DaveA

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How are you trying to open this files, from within Word and/or from a "Resent" link to it?
 

kirklott

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I try to open it by double-clicking the document.

Also I try to open it from within Word - File/Open

I've also copied it to an external drive; can't open it there either.

One thing to note is that the document is password protected, but it's had the same password for a year, and it's never caused a problem.

Thanks in advance!
 

kirklott

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Is ScanDisk the same? I ran that, and problem remains. Should I do chkdsk?
 

kirklott

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I ran ScanDesk by clicking on C drive>tools>scandisk, then rebooted to start scandisk
 

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Try running chkdsk using the following steps:
Press the "Win Key + R" shortcut
Type cmd in the windows that comes up.
A Black window will now appear
Type "chkdsk /r" without hte quotes.
It will ask you to schedule the chkdsk on restart
Press "y" and then press enter
 

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What is the full path to this file that you are having issues with?
 
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