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Changing Default Program in VISTA


1. Open regedit. Before you start, it is a good idea to back up your registry by going to File\Export. You can then import this file later should anything adverse happen.


2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current version\Explorer\FileExts
(there will be entries for every file extension on your computer here).

3. Find the .doc extension and open the "OpenWithProgids and rename the second file to this: Word.Document.12, it should be the same name as the one found in the .docx extension

4. After doing this, your machine will probably still associate .docs with WordPad, but Word 2007 will now show up in the Open With dialogue after you browse for it (I'm sure you know by now that the path is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE).

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