Free Microsoft office 2010

  Fordy 15:41 17 Sep 2013

I bought this computer in June 2012 and opted for the free office (with adverts).This has suited me just fine but today I cannot access many of my documents as they have all changed to DOCX files, and a Microsoft message appears saying I have to purchase Office 2010. Was it a time limited offer?

  Woolwell 16:23 17 Sep 2013

You probably have the starter edition of Office which only has Word and Excel or the trial version and adverts. The trial version should have expired long before now if it came in 2012. Have you tried installing any other MS Office software?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:26 17 Sep 2013

Yes 30 days

Docx can be opened in older versions of office using the compatibility pack

  Woolwell 16:26 17 Sep 2013

Read this and try the repair or you can download and use LibreOffice which is free.

1]: [click here

  peterleemaxwell 16:35 17 Sep 2013

Thanks for the help appreciated.

  Secret-Squirrel 16:38 17 Sep 2013

Fordy, a recent Windows 7 update has caused problems with Office Starter and it's likely that's what's happened to you. However, I'm not sure that you're right about your documents suddenly changing to DOCX files as the Starter edition can save and open those too. Anyhow, here's the fix for you to try:

Right-click on one of your affected documents -> left-click on "Open With" -> left-click "Choose Default Program". In the windows that opens, left-click once on the Microsoft Office Client Virtualization Handler option the click OK. All files of that type should now open in Office Starter.

Repeat for all other affected Office documents that fail to open as they used to. Note that for Excel files the option to select is called Microsoft Application Virtualization DDE Handler.

PS: Despite what you've been told, Office Starter does not expire. I've tackled this problem a few times in the last few days so try my advice before you do anything drastic.

  Fordy 16:58 17 Sep 2013

Secret-Squirrel--- Thank you very much what you said worked perfectly, I can now stop tearing my hair out! Thanks again Fordy

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