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problem: you try and open a word document and it produces the message

Word cannot start the converter mswrd632.wpc

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Might i suggest (if you're IT staff in an operational environment such as a service centre) that if a user calls up with this you ask them the following question...

Does the name of the document you are trying to open start with "~$" and is the icon pale and greyed out.

Yes, seriously. I've had this error triggered a number of times by users trying to open temp files. Point them to the correct file. Accept their heartfelt thanks.

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this is probably caused by a security update see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973904

but before that.. try and rename you .doc file to .docx

an incorrectly renamed file can also cause this error.

if you open teh renamed file and get junk.. then it was probably a binary file and this will not help. rename it back again.

the support article lists this as a possible solution..

Let me fix it myself

To unregister the mswrd632 converter yourself, edit the registry as follows:

  • Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  • Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Text Converters\Import\MSWord6.wpc
  • On the Edit menu, click Delete.
  • Click Yes.
  • Exit Registry Editor.
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