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I have both MS Word 2007 and 2010 (trial version). When I go to Start -> Run and enter winword, MS Word 2007 opens.

I want to change it, so MS Word 2010 opens by default. How can I do this?

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This should work:

  1. Open regedit.

  2. Locate the following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\Winword.exe
  3. Change the value of (Default) to the location of the Word 2010 executable.

  4. Change the value of Path to the location of the Word 2010 executable's folder.

  5. Close regedit.

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how do i find the path of my MS word 2010. – SyncMaster Jun 24 '12 at 22:38
These are the path values I got on checking the RightClick->Properties of my MS Word 2010 in Start Menu: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared\Virtualization Handler\ AND C:\PROGRA~2\COMMON~1\MICROS~1\VIRTUA~1\CVH.EXE – SyncMaster Jun 24 '12 at 22:39
That sounds right. Just try it out and keep a copy of the original values. – Dennis Jun 24 '12 at 22:44

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