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Excel error: "File format or file extension is not valid..."

Q: Excel error: "File format or file extension is not valid..."

I've tried quite a few free softwares on the net and also tried the recommended methods to try and open my excel file, but it just wouldn't open! :'(

I've attached the file so can someone please please please help me out?

Thanks in advance!!!!

A: Excel error: "File format or file extension is not valid..."

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I am using Excel 2007 on Windows XP. I have been keeping a daily log in Excel. Yesterday I tried to open the file to make an entry and I received this message; "Expense.xls:: file format is not valid." Any idea what could have happened and how to retrieve the file. I checked all the forums I could find on the subject, but none helped. I have a lot of valuable info in that file and would sure hate to lose it. Thanks for any help.

For ur Refernce, am attaching the file.

A:Solved: "file format is not valid" error message in excel 2007

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Hi, I have created a excel file few months ago to prepare my tour planning. But now when i tried to open it, it cannot be opened with the error "Tour Plan.xls : File format is not valid".

I had online search for solutions but it does not work. I really do hope someone proffesional can help me to recover the excel file. Attached is the zip file consists of the excel file.

Thanks and appreciate your friendly help a lot.

A:Need help on excel file recovery - "Tour Plan.xls : File format is not valid".

I tried to repair the file but it did not work. In my experience only a very small percentage of corrupt files can be recovered.


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re-sending this message (4th time). As 1st time user of this web site, just
realized I've been entering wrong info for "Title"....sooooo...sending again..

System: Windows 98 4.10
Excel version 7.0

Problem: getting error message when try to open 2 Excel files...2 other ones
open just fine! Never had this problem before!!
ALSO....when click on Help on tool bar in Excel, same thing...
can't open the selections in the drop-down box!!

ERROR MESSAGE: bill list.xls: file format is not valid
PLEASE HELP!! What has changed OR what have I done to cause this to
happen all of a sudden??

A:Excel file won't open.."file format not valid"


I replied to your original posting on this.

It sounds like the file is corrupt.

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I have been using this same Excel file for many years. I viewed on my new home laptop 2 days ago, using a 2010 Excel Version. It was created on 2007.

I opened it on my work computer, version 2003, and now get the above error message on both machines. The file can no longer be opened.

I have tried emailing it, still won't open.

I have chenged the file type to both .xls and .xlxs neither open.

I downloaded the program on the home page of this site, and it said no file issues, no known problems for this file.

When I click Open File, it still shows where I had the file opened (the file name in lighter gray font - but cannot open.) The original file is in black, and I can open. But, get that message.

I also tried to open and fix - and I tried both options, with formulas, and without formulas, and all it opened was foreign characters.

Any other suggestions? Or is this file gone? Unfortunately, my most recent back up is 3-4 months old...

Thank you for your help,

A:Excel File now says File Format or File Extension is not valid...

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I am still using Excel 97 on Windows XP. I have been keeping a daily log in Excel for two years now. Yesterday I tried to open the file to make an entry and I received this message; "2006-07 Log book.xls: file format is not valid." Any idea what could have happened and how to retrieve the file. I checked all the forums I could find on the subject, but none helped. I have a lot of valuable info in that file and would sure hate to lose it. Thanks for any help.


A:Solved: "file format is not valid" error message

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I've seen posts (e.g., this one) about getting the error message "This file is not in a recognizable format" when trying to open files in Excel. Apparently this can occur for various reasons, but an online search didn't turn up an answer for my own situation, so I'm posting the solution I came up with.

In my case, the error message appeared when I installed Excel 2007 on the same machine as Excel 2000 and tried to open 2000. To eliminate the problem:
Close Excel.
Go to Documents and Settings > Application Data > Microsoft > Excel > XLSTART. The folder contains a PERSONAL.XLS and PERSONAL.XLSB file.
Assuming Office 2000 and Office 2007 have been installed in separate directories in Program Files:
- Move the PERSONAL.XLS file to Program Files > Microsoft Office > Office > XLStart
- Move the PERSONAL.XLSB file to Program Files > Microsoft Office 2007 (or however it's named) > Office 12 > XLSTART.
Don't just copy the files--move them. The original folder should be empty.
Restart Excel 2000.


A:Solved: Excel error message: "This file is not in a recognizable format"

Thanks for that, but Microsoft recommends you do not have two versions of Office installed on the same computer - then the error would not occur.

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My first time on techguy! I have a year old Gateway laptop PC running on XP (I think) and have Excel 2007. I have been working on the same dbase for months now and all the sudden it won't let me open it, saying ".xls file format is not valid." I've read through many threads on this site and know enough to say that: 1) My bad, I don't have it backed up 2) I've tried renaming it 3) I've tried opening it in Word and through explorer -- all to no avail. 4.) I went but found NO free software only to purchase. 5) I tried and it costs too much. I'm a volunteer for Children's Hospital in DC and my excel database is for them. I'm trying to find out a way to fix without having to incur expenses. Many thanks in advance for you advice!

A:"xls file format is not valid" Help a new member!

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Get this every time I try to install it...whats going on here?

The only things I have which contain the word "QuickTime" are just some random audio codecs, a prefatch file in WINDOWS and a Photoshop file...

What could be causing this error? Registery issue? Argh, I need my iTunes back and to watch Apple Trailers! Grrr lol

Thanks in advance.

A:""QuickTime" is not a valid short file name" Error :S

I'd attempt a clean reinstall, again:

Go into Start/Run and type appwiz.cpl and hit enter.
Remove these applications:
1. Apple Software Update
2. Apple Mobile Device Support
3. iTunes
4. QuickTime

Restart the computer
Download & Install the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility:
Launch the Utility: Start > Programs > Windows Install Clean Up
Select any of the above mentioned applications, and click Remove

Restart the computer again
Download & install iTunes again from here:

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Lately I have been getting emails which when you "run" them, give the message "Not a valid exe file format" - Are the senders doing someting wrong, or is there something my computer is refusing to identify?

It says the "type" is Internet E-mail message and these are the ones I cannot open for some reason. Scary thing is I sent one of the messages over to my laptop, and it opened


A:"Not a valid exe file format"

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Excel file previously able to open, now getting error "file format not valid" Cannot open with office 97 nor Xp. Any programs to recover if corrupted? Or any suggestions? Thank you.

A:Error: File Format Not Valid in Excel 97

Have you tried Detect & Repair (Help menu)?

If you know the sheet names, you can pull data (NOT formulas or formatting) from a closed wb with formulas, eg:



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Hi,My excel file is not open ( the file format/file extension is not valid) this error shown on my computer when open the xl file. kindly give me valuable solutions.

A:The file format/file extension is not valid.

Try here:

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I have a user that created an excel file a week ago and placed it on a network share. she just tried opening it up again for the first time since she created it and she gets teh following error - filename.xls: file format is not valid. i tried a number of ways to open it but all failed. i copied it locally but that failed, too. i emailed it to my desk and i couldn't open it either. i searched microsoft's knowledgebase but it didn't show me anything that applied to the current situation. any ideas???? thx.

A:Excel 97 error message - file format is not valid

Open it with Word--that usually works. Then, click inside the table, hit Edit-Select table. Hit copy. Open new Excel spreadsheet. With A1 selected, hit paste. Format-Columns-Autofit. All should be okay. Except formulas!

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I just downloaded and installed SteadyState. I locked three users, but when the user logged on, they all got an error message, "Windows cannot copy file (file name..) Possible causes of this error include network problems or insufficient security rights. If this problem persists, contact your network administrator. DETAIL - The filename or extension is too long. 
I can't find the file that is listed in the error message.
I unlocked the profiles and took off all the restrictions except blocking firefox and netscape. I am still getting the error message. How can I fix this?

A:Error: "Windows cannot copy file. The filename or extension is too long."

We occasionally see this with locked profiles.  When a profile is locked, Windows copies the original profile directory (often c:\users\user.orig) to a temporary location (often c:\users\user).  During the user's session, changes the user makes are written to this temporary location.  When the user logs off, Windows deletes the temporary profile, thus cleaning up his changes.
When you see the warning about filenames being too long when the locked user logs in, the problem is usually that temporary internet files created by Internet Explorer exceed the default 260 character path length limit, so Windows encounters an error when it tries to copy these files to the temporary location.  It's possible that other applications could create long filenames/paths that cause similar problems.
I've been able to solve the problem by unlocking the profile, logging in as the restricted user, then emptying the user's temporary internet files in Internet Explorer.  Then log off, log on as the Administrator again, and re-lock the user's profile.
Hope that helps.

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how to fix error when trying to open videos "this playlist is not a valid xml file"

A:how to fix error when trying to open videos "this playlist is not a valid xml file"

ok tell us, we are ready,we can take it,go for it!

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on my sisters laptop, shes had a bunch of stuff go wrong with it (spyware, virus's Trojans worms, anything else u can think of...)

I've gotten rid of all that crap..i think

but now were getting a "The application or Dll C:/WINDOWS/System32/__c0095b4.dat is not a valid windows image. Please check this against your installation diskettes." error coming up.

any help would be sweet (she didn't run recovery disk creator when she first got the laptop, the icons still on her desktop also, so i havn't got those :"( )

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I'm using version 2004. A friend sent me two files (generated by someone other than him).
When I tried to open the files in version 04 (which is what I use)... I've got the same error message (drawing file is not valid).

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

A:Solved: Error message: "drawing file is not valid"

Hi LesageJo, and welcome to TSG.

There is no guarantee I will have an answer, but it would help if you told us exactly what software you are using. A version number, without a name doesn't help us much.

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Win XP Home SP2, with all critical updates.

I have searched the internet about error 1325. Most entries reference Microsoft Office products & using the Office Installer Cleanup utility.

I am trying to install a program that has never been installed on the computer. It is not a Microsoft Office program. It is a utility / driver setup.exe for a wireless NIC.

I installed the Office Cleanup utility, but the program I am trying to install is not listed.

I searched the registry & found 2 keys, with references to "my_file_name"
HK_users\S-1-5-21-12. . .\software\microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\user shell folders
My Music Reg SZ F:\my_file_name\Desktop\19_oct_tcs\my music
My Pictures Reg SZ F:\my_file_name\Desktop\19_oct_tcs\my pictures
My Videos Reg SZ F:\my_file_name\Desktop\19_oct_tcs\my videos

HK_Current_user\software\microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\user shell folders
My Music Reg SZ F:\my_file_name\Desktop\19_oct_tcs\my music
My Pictures Reg SZ F:\my_file_name\Desktop\19_oct_tcs\my pictures
My Videos Reg SZ F:\my_file_name\Desktop\19_oct_tcs\my videos

"My Music", "My Pictures" and "My Videos" are in
c:\docs & settings\user\my documents\

At 1 point, I had connected a different HDD to the computer, via USB. Then, I transferred the contents of F:\docs & sett\user_2\desktop to C:

Thanks for your help.


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After a power outage a particularly important file gets the error "Excel cannot open the file.xlsx beacause the file format or file extension is not valid. Verify that the file has not been corrupted and that the file extension matches the format of the file. The file format has not changed. Is there a safe free program that can uncorrupt a file? I have tried Open and repair, changing the format, and using open office. Also tried using recova but the file was not lost.

A:Solved: Excel 2007 spreadsheet gets error "Excel cannot open the file .xlsx.." How ca

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I am getting the following error when moving files on the same drive or from one to another:

"Error Moving File or Folder
Cannot remove folder (insert folder name here): The directory is not empty."

This is fairly common (once or twice a month) and it occurs usually with folders containing many subfolders when being moved by explorer gui "Move the selected items", or ctrl-x, ctrl-v . Repeated attempts through the same process seems to move the folders, but the errors increase as the concentration of stubborn folders increases.

There are no event viewer logs corresponding to these errors. (eventvwr.msc: system, or application)

I would have thought this would be a common problem, but extensive searches came up with nothing... so either it is rare, untroubling to others, extremely easy to fix, or my search queries suck. =)
I am going to run Checkdisk to make sure all is well there, and I will repost the likely failure.

A:"Error moving file or folder" "directory is not empty" one file left

Occasionally when I am deleting a file, it is difficult, I have to go through process explorer, search for the thread that is strangely(?) associated with that file in explorer (no reasonable dependencies could be linked, nor is the file being viewed), and kill the thread before deletion.

any thoughts?

Thanks =)

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Windows 7 Professional Dell Vostro Desktop

In short, paint is refusing to open a file and it's baffling me.

The file is a 14400 x 9662 8.62 MB black and white cemetery map saved under the .jpg extension. We have a bunch of other maps that are exactly the same setup; .jpg extension, black and white, and roughly the same size (some are larger some are smaller). All of the other maps open in paint perfectly fine, and - additionally - they open properly in every other picture viewing software we have. The reason we like paint is because it's black and white and basically all we are doing is typing names into boxes and drawing lines here and there; it's extremely simple and straight-forward, and, until now, has worked exceedingly well, and it's free.

The file is not corrupt. It opens properly in all of our picture viewing software. I have tried resaving it as .jpg, .png, .tif, and .gif in ms office picture manager and windows photo viewer to no avail. I have even tried importing the picture into MS Word, then copy and pasting the picture into a blank MS Paint window. From that point we can view and edit as needed as though the file had been opened properly to begin with without even experiencing lag. Then I can save .jpg, .png, .tif, .gif, etc. (in order to use the .bmp extension without quality loss it winds up creating a HUGE file that paint won't open anyways. so .bmp is out). Then after paint itself has resaved the exact same file to a file... Read more

A:"Paint cannot read this file. This is not a valid bitmap file..."

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Whenever I try to open one of my "Quark" files, I get the following error message: "Bad File Format [-70]". Does anyone know any tricks on how to recover this file, or is all hope lost in this case? I've done a little research, and the concensus is that this is possibly a serious error message, with little to no hope of recovery. I just wanted to know if anyone else has come across this, and if so, what you did to fix it, if anything. Thanks guys!

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Quark 5.0 "Bad File Format [-70]" error message. Whenever I try to open one of my "Quark" files, I get the following error message: "Bad File Format [-70]". Does anyone know any tricks on how to recover this file?
Please help

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Hi every one,
I have Intel "DG31" and "core 2 do"
Program hangs, when i try to open or save as a file In "excel-2003" and "corel draw9" and "WILCOM Es9"
and in task manager it shows ?not responding?
But when i try to open it by clicking on the file using windows explorer it works quite well.
Earlier i used same programes on the "865glc" and "2.4" there was no problem,
I have also tried many Intel computers to trace the problem
i found the problem on every computer that was build on the motherboard later then Intel 865
Now what to do?
Mohammad Imran

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receiving error "unable to read file" when going into an excel document although the user is the only person with access to that file. He is opening the file in excel this is happening once a week although he goes into the file everyday to update the info. It has happened twice and seemsto corrupt wednesday evening because on a thursday when he goes into the file it shows the above error"

A:Excel error "Unable to read file"

check the "scheduled tasks" in your "system tools" and if that's turning on every wednesday night, turn it off. you may also want to get a hold of Norton System Works, and perform a Window's Scan to find out what's happening and fix it. something like this was happening to a friend of mine and i had to completely format his hard drive and reinstall everything to fix it.

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I am having a goofy problem with .doc and .xls files. If I attempt to open them from either Windows Explorer or My computer, I get the "This file is already open" error but then you can then change the file and save it.
However, I can then execute the application and open the file from within the app, it works fine and doesn't give the error.
Any help would be appreciated. I have found traces of this error on the internet but have not found any satisfactory solutions to it. Thanks

A:"File Already Open" when Word or Excel file opened with WinExplorer or My Comp

Have you tried closing word then clicking start/run and typing

winword /regserver

Type this one for excel.

excel /regserver

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I have tried copying some excel files from a computer running Windows 98 and Excel 97
to a computer running Windows xp and Excel 97. When I to edit the file and save it, it always says "file not saved". The file is not read only. It does ask me when I open it, if I want to enable macros. I have tried saying yes and tryed telling it to disable macros. I would like to know how to keep this from happening in the future when I try to transport files.

A:Excel error "file not saved"

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I have Windows Vista and Microsoft Excel 2007. Last Thursday ONE of my excel files suddenly would not open. It says File format not valid. I am not a computer geek so I have no clue what to do. I cannot lose this spreadsheet. It has all the phone calls we have made or taken in all year and we need to bill for them in our business. My boss will kill me. All other spreadsheets work fine. Went to Properties and it says OPEN WITH EXCEL, but it doesn't. HELP!

A:Excel File format not valid

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Hello everyone:

Please someone -- can anyone help -- I have noticed a problem on one of my computers, which uses Office 2007, that when i attempt to do anything on my virtual machine (which uses Office 2003) within excel, invariably the file gets corrupted. I am not sure why this happens, because it doesn't always happen right away. However, after creating a file on my VM and then it gets saved on my regular machine, either after a few sessions or immediately, i get the error "file format not valid". I have spent over two weeks on this file (yes, using it everyday and saving/opening with no problem up until yesterday) and it has a lot of critical, non-sensitive data. I have tried calling my helpdesk (they were of no help), tried saving the file as *.xlsx, tried opening in word and wordpad (I could see some data -- but not all the critical data was there). PLEASE -- I have already bought one of those Recovery tools (which didn't get even 50%, or at least the critical updates i made yesterday). I can't afford to spend more -- is there anyone who would be willing to help a lost soul get this data back??? I have attached the file

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Dear all,

I am using Windows XP with 2003 microsoft office system. I have created a excel file myself but I could not open it now which I can not afford to lost. Error says file format is not valid. Hope some of you could please help me. Thanks a lot in advance.

A:excel 2003 file format is not valid

Looking at the file in NotePad, that isn't an Excel file at all. It was created by SigmaPlot 9.0 Notebook , which is tied to Jandel Notebook Format.
There are sites that will recover such files for you, like this one (I have no experience using them, however.)

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Working with: Excel 2007, Windows XP

Yesterday, I opened file A. Today, I tried to open the same file and I got the following error message:

File A.xls: file format is not valid.
I then went online to look for help.
I did the following things (as far as I can remember - since I did many things).

1. copied original file to another folder and renamed file.
2. opened file with Word - no luck.
3. opened file with OpenOffice - no luck.
4. renamed file to zip file - no luck.
5. changed extension to xlsx - no luck.
6. created links to the "corrupt file" - no luck
7. opened file with wordpad - no luck
8. opened file with notepad - no luck
9. changed extension to html - no luck.
10. scanned computer for virus/malware - none
11. scanned file for virus/malware - none.
12. did a chkdsk/f - no virus
13. able to open other excel file so not excel problem
14. did a "open & repair" - manual repair on excel - no luck
15. changed formulas to manual calcuations - no luck
16. did a "open with...." Microsoft office excel - no luck
17. went thru tmp files but could not locate any files with same name
18. rebooted computer - no luck.
I can get some of the information.
Unfortunately I did not create a back up of this file that I access everyday.
This file has hyperlinks and a foreign language (Japanese).

I only thing that I did not do is change the regsitry - weary of doing this.

The only major difference between yesterday and today is the microsoft windows... Read more

A:Excel 2007-Win XP-file format is not valid

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A user is trying to open a file in excel and is getting this message, it hasn't been accessed in a while, is it possible to recover this file?

A:{RESOLVED} Excel- file format is not valid

Solved! , I've rather easily figured it out, within a matter of minutes of this post. The file musta been saved as .xls instead of .doc , just copied and renamed extension all is well , maybe this may help someone else

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I have one major annoyance I cannot cope with in the win8 explorer.

When you select a file in the explorer you get a "file sensitive" extension in the ribbon menu (the green application tools in the picture).

Is there a way to disable this file sensitive" extension? it so annoying, because when you work a lot in the explorer with files the GUI constantly changes (color an the posotion of the name from the window).I get all kinds of different coloured menus which distract me big time.

Maybe there i a win8 feedback forum which I can address this problem? I'm really not unhappy with win8, but there a some really annoying things in it for me.

A:Win8: Explorer Ribbon "selected file extension"

does no no one else find this annoying?

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A:what program is represented by ".email" file extension

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I have a tif file named "W.Clark" that I edited and tried to "SaveAs" "W.Clark2" (Format box in the Save As window indicated TIF). However, in Windows Explorer the file is just "File", not "MS Office Doc imaging file," i.e. a tif. Moreover, when I try to SaveAs "W.Clark.2" the file type become 2 File in Windows Explorer. Photoshop is not adding the appropriate extension. BUT, if I SaveAs "WClark" (remove all periods) the file gets saved as a TIF. If seems to me periods in the filename are a problem, but WHY - this has never been a problem in the past. Another thing that works is for me to manually type .tif at the end of the filename, for example, SaveAs "W.Clark.tif" will become a tif.

I rebooted the computer but the quirk persists. It appears to be related only to Photoshop as I did SaveAs on a PageMaker document (period in the name and at the end) and there were no problems - that is, the files automatically added the PageMaker extension to the end.

Under Tools, I have the boxed checked that says "Hide extensions of known filetypes" - I've always had this box checked.

I don't want to have to remove periods from existing filenames, nor do I want to manually type ".tif" at the end of all SaveAs....this quirk bugs's appeared seemingly out of the blue today. Any suggestions????

Thanks in advance.

A:Photoshop "SaveAs" not adding file extension

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When trying to install an HP Sofpack to update my BiOS on my HP Pavillion notebook (Vista 32-bit/SP1) I receive the following error:

There is no script engine for file extension ".vbe".

I can only choose "OK". When selected I receive another error message:

Error to execute Script file! Run again later!

I can then choose "OK" and I am kicked out of the install.

Are my file extensions screwed up or could it possibly be something else.

A:Solved: There is no script engine for file extension ".vbe".

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All pages when downloaded from the web (complete or single) are saved with the extension .htm even if the original page was saved as .html

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Ok, so I had the "file recovery virus." I was using malwarebytes and Another malware removal program (can't remember that name) to get rid of it. I remember one of them listed a file name with "boot" in it as infected so I deleted it as suggested. Well now I can't boot windows 7 64 bit on my HP Pavillion laptop. It said no bootable device was found.

My husband made me a repair disk from his work computer but Under the system recovery options, it is blank. It says "if your operating system isn't listed, click load drivers". When I click load drivers, there are a ton of files listed and I don't know which one to choose.

If i dont boot from CD, I am also getting a windows boot manager screen that says to insert the windows installation cd (which I don't have) and restart.
File: \boot\bcd
status: oxc0000098
"the windows boot configuration data file does not contain a valid OS entry."

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!

A:"win boot conf data file does not contain a valid OS entry" oxc0000098

Hello NancyF, welcome to Seven Forums

After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media.

Have you tried the factory recovery option built into the PC frm the factory, I believe it's the F12 key (for HP) at PC startup, that will over-write any date you may be trying to save though.

There is also the option in this tutorial linked below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

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Hi Guys, I wonder if you could help me with this annoying problem, I've tried to search the internet for a solution but all my efforts failed so far I have a Word document which I saved for the first time not giving it a specific name, so it automatically named itself by the first line of the text in the document. The problem is that since it is in Hungarian, it contained a Hungarian vowel that was not recognized by the program, therefore this letter got replaced by a ? in the file name. This caused the whole file to get corrupted, neither can I open it anymore, nor delete it from the disk or rename it.

Here's what I tried to do so far:
- rename or delete it by right-clicking on it - I get the error message "The filename you specified is not valid or too long"
- remove it with Move on boot - after restarting Windows, the file is still there, nothing happens
- repair the document from MS Word: File - Open - Open and repair - I get an error "This file could not be found"
- move all the other files from the folder containing the corrupted file, then run the following command as admin: del\\?\D:\Users\Bori\Documents\*.* - after confirming I want to delete the file, I get the following message: "The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect"

I don't want to format the disk for this one annoying little file, is there any chance to get rid of it somehow?

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A:Cannot delete .doc file: "The filename you specified is not valid or too long"

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Hope this query is in the right section -tried to use my LDS 1881 England Census CDs last night - but having problems with the Viewer.

I have V4 which up to now has worked perfectly - tried to re-install it
and I keep getting "Failed to extract file "Dll_ini" from binary table"
error message.

BUT no problems on my laptap which has the Viewer installed from the
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Have had a few problems with computer of late - it was in the workshop
3 weeks ago because of some corrupt Windows files - could that be the

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Hello. I am using a POWER USER account, Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 /w all the latest patches availible via microsoft update. I was trying to create a .zip file of a folder within the primary directroy of a backup hard drive I use.

For Example:
D:\stuff - I wanted to make a zipfile of the folder "stuff."

Then I get the following error "Cannot Create Output File."

However, if I move the folder to the destop or a subdirectory i.e. stuff/more stuff, then the .zip file is created with no problems.

Also, because user accounts [at least in my experience] have a tendency to decay, I created a freash power user account and the same problem persist.

Is this a standard security feature for power user accounts? Is there anyway I can "disable" it if it is?

Thank You.

A:Windows .Zip file - Power User Problems - Error: "Cannot create Output File"

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How can I work around the following rror message "cannot copy file. cannot read source file or disk". I'm using Windows XP on a Gateway GT 4016

A:error message "cannot copy file. cannot read source file or disk"

Get a new disk or provide a whole lot more details about what you're trying to do and what program(s) you are trying to do "it" with.

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I have been trying to setup a postscript printer on port "File:" so I can print anything from a webpage to a file for running through Acrobat 8 Distiller. When I first install the print to file, it works fine until I reboot the computer. Every time I print to this printer after the reboot, I get a pop-up box titled "Local Port" with the message "Cannot Print to File: Access Denied". I gather it is a permission problem of some sort as I can log onto the Administrator user-id and it prints to file fine. Any ideas on what permissions I need to set this printer to in order for it to work under a standard user-id?

Using Windows Vista Ultimate X64.


A:Error "Could Not Open The File: Access Denied" setting up print to file

I have given up finding a solution to the problem. I no longer use Adobe Acrobat Professional full as I have tried both updates 8.0.1 & 8.0.2 to no avail, and is now unsupported as Adobe is up to version 9 of this software. I have opted for a freeware solution, so I have uninstalled Adobe Acrobat Professional and installed the freeware CUTEPDF Writer at It works beautifully on Vista X64 on all documents, including Microsoft Word and Scanned Images and Photos. I'm very happy with the results.

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Wanted to resurrect an older thread, but its closed :

Please read completely before responding.
I am a 30 year IT pro, most of it as a programmer. I am the geek in charge of a tech non profit org in Hawaii.
so yea.. i have at least half a clue.

Here is the deal.
In doing drive copies, data recoveries, etc... when we are moving a mass amount of data from one drive to another we run into this problem a lot.
"Error moving file or folder" -- "directory is not empty"
If you restart the move, it will continue on and keep going, restart enough times and eventually it will move all directories.

I think its a programming issue with windows and wonder if anyone has a work around ?

I have a suspicion that the copy process is getting out of sequence. That it is trying to move a folder before it actually emptied it. Possibilities are :
1) windows forgot its place in moving through and navigating numerous sub directories and it is having a problem with “recursive calls.”
2) Computers with hyper threading or dual core processors are spawning the movement of files across multiple processes, and some are getting ahead of the other.
3) It did actually move the file, but the cache or something in memory has not updated, or the full data write has not completed yet before it tried to move the directory. (delayed write)
Yes, you can copy and then delete the old... Read more

A:"Error moving file or folder" -- "directory is not empty"

This is a known issue. It is by design.

As you may know, moving is in its essence an unsafe process. It would be better to use the actual sequence of copy and then delete.

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When I try to add a 4.29 GB file to a disk image I'm creating it says "ERROR: Added file is too large." Registered Magic ISO is supposed to support up to 10 GBs. What's the deal?

A:Magic ISO "ERROR: Added file is too large." when adding 4.29 GB file

Just for burning I use this
CDBurnerXP: Free CD and DVD burning software
despite it's name it's fully compatible with win 7.

Sorry but other than it being set for cd-r I can't think of why it won't burn that.

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I use both Mac & Windows 7 & want to convert some Mac's dfont to Windows 7 ttf. I straighten out some my earlier permission issues I had with the C:\Windows\fonts folder but now get the dreaded "Not a valid font file" when trying to install the converted fonts. I used Dfontsplitter to do the conversion. Can't seem to find help doing searches here & at Google.

Any ideas?

A:"Not a valid font file". Huh?

I'm not familiar with Dfontsplitter but does it create OTF or TTF files? How are you trying to install them?

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how can I change this?

Some background - this may not be the issue I need to solve at the end of the day:

I believe the location is causing crashes, since I blew up lots of Library registry values (in an attempt to remove them from the OS), and I think it defaults to the library page.

eg, 2shared - file upload and sharing
[edit: stupid editor auto href'd the text... bah]

crashes IE and Firefox (not Chrome for some reason... possibly because it uses its own code?) when I click the browse button (same for any "browse" button that spawns a native find-your-file thing).

It may be something else, but anyway...

edit: If I disable "Expand to Current Folder" in Win Explorer, the crash does not occur. So perhaps it is trying to expand to a folder that is broken?
I want to keep "Expand to Current Folder" on, though, as I like the feature.

A:Default "Browse for file" location in web browser "choose file" box

Hello Silmeria,

It may be best to do a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before you blew up the registry to see if that may sort this for you. Afterwards, you could use the tutorial below instead to remove libraries without blowing up the registry like that.

Libraries Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

Hope this helps,

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Hi everyone,
here is my problem.I recently turned my usb into bootable usb in order to run chrome os,everything was ok untill i needed my usb to transfer some files so when i plugged it in while running windows 7 a box popped up to format it i clicked ok,then i noticed the usb from 8 giga showed up as 1 giga in my computer.I opened disk management and saw that it was cutted down in many partitions, i deleted some of them so i would expand it in one partition,at that point my trouble began,the expand option was greyed out,i tried diskpart and delete the partitions there.After that the drive lost its assign letter and showed up as one partition in disk management but in my computer it was invisible,i tried other guides that use diskpart and i download some programs to fix this with no luck.when i tried to format or assign letter from disk management i get this message "the system cannot find the file specified usb format".I tried to plug the usb in my roomates laptop with the same resaults so i dont think its my drivers or laptop problem.I hope you can help me tnx in advance and sorry for my bad english..

A:Solved: "the system cannot find the file specified usb format" usb flash drive

You might see if this utility can correct your issue.

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My computer recently broke and i had all my photos transferred onto another computer. However some images won't open even though they are in .jpg format, as it comes up with "file format is not supported". My computer is windows vista if that helps

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I'll warn up front that this is a duplicate of another forum entry, but although that other entry is now closed, the solution was never posted.

I recently turned my 8GB Sandisk usb into bootable usb in order to run chrome os,everything was ok untill i needed my usb to transfer some files so when i plugged it in while running windows 7 a box popped up to format it i clicked ok,then i noticed the usb from 8 GB showed up as 1 GB in my computer.I opened disk management and saw that it was cut into many partitions, i deleted some of them so i would expand it in one partition,at that point my trouble began,the expand option was greyed out,i tried diskpart and delete the partitions there.After that the drive lost its assign letter and showed up as one partition in disk management but in my computer it was invisible,i tried other guides that use diskpart.
when i try to format or assign letter from disk management i get this message "the system cannot find the file specified usb format".

The other user eventually found some software which solved his problem, but never indicated which software it was. If anyone can advise on this, I'd be grateful.

Thank you.

A:"the system cannot find the file specified usb format" usb flash drive

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I'm trying to install an MSI-file and get the error message "Error reading from file. (Then location of file) Verify that the file exists and that you can access it." How do I fix this? Thanks.

A:File install failure "error reading from file"

Hello, an .msi is a windows installer package and there is usually an error number when something like this goes wrong. It would also help if you provided the path to the 'missing' file and the location of the original .msi.
The Cleaver

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Go here for a BBC article re the thread title:


A:"XML" style file format adopted by Microsoft

Well spotted. I saw it this AM too.

Whatever it all means for the "average user", statements like "Microsoft said the changes should make it much easier for companies to do more business via the web" can't help but antagonise the old cynic in me ("follow the money").


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Could anyone pls tell me where i can download "PART file" to 3gp converter??? Partial file that i downloaded...Thank u...

A:How to convert "PART file" to 3gp format?

I don't think there is anything like that in existence. The .part extension of a partially downloaded file right? Like what GetRight tags on to the end. If so you have to go back and get the rest of the file or download a new copy or somehow properly truncate that .part file and give it the correct extension that it is supposed to have.

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Hi, I had a file on my USB port that I never backed up. I know... A few days ago I was working on it and everything was ok. I closed up the document, and turned my PC off. All of a sudden, when I booted up again, the file is giving me an error saying file is not recognizable. I have no idea what could have happened to it. I uninstalled Office 2007 and went back to Office 2003 and no luck.
I am now using Office 2003 and it opens other files ok. I have ExcelFix and nothing.
Any ideas are welcomed.

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This is extremely confusing to me, but I have 2 files named "installer.exe." on my desktop and I cannot seem to get rid of them. I've done 2 chkdsk's and I've even restarted my explorer.exe but nothing gets rid of them. It says they are 0 bytes but Cmd says they are 1,292,525 bytes. I've also run Malwarebytes to see if they are viruses but the scan returned with 0 threats. Any help? Sorry if this is in the wrong area

A:File extension ".exe."

To solve this, open cmd and navigate to wherever the messed up files are and type dir /x, then it'll show you a name you can actually acknowledge. Mine went from installer.exe. to instal~2 and I simply "del Instal~2"

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I just upgraded my Windows Vista 64x to Windows 7 Ultimate 64x.

Everything went smoothly. I installed all the programs I use but I now receive "The file name is not valid" error when ever I try to save something. Whether it is a notepad file I am trying to save or an image in PhotoShop I always get "The file name is not valid".

I did run some secuirty software including IObit Secuirty 360, Glary Utilities, Advanced System Care, and a few others so I am not sure if they altered the system files or not. I used them before on Windows Vista and I never had this problem before.

Please help.

A:Always getting "The file name is not valid"

Hello MoeAlza,

Welcome to 7 Forums.

You could try this. System Restore

Hope this helps.


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How can I solve this problem at Excel Small business 2003, I will open my file at excel then the errors come " unable to read file"

How can I fix this?? Any Solution??


A:"Unable to read file" excel small business 2003

Choose Open and Repair: Repairing corrupted files in Excel - Excel -

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We have shared folder on server that specific users can open it. In that folder there are bunch of excel files that they need to fill in. Problem starts when one user opens the document and starts filling the excel file, in that moment other user opens the same excel file but doesn't get the "file in use" notification. I have that problem for now only on one pc (win7, office 2010 standard + sp1). I tried to reinstall office 2010 and install all the updates but with no solution. Tried to delete all remaining Office folders but this also didn't solve the problem. Excel file on server is in 2003 format. On other pc with office 2010 standard upgraded from office 2003 professional i don't have that problem when opening the file, I receive "file in use" notification. Does anybody had similar problems and knows how to solve it? Thanks

A:Excel 2010 "File In Use" notification doesn't show

Problem solved. Permissions from the main folder didn't inherit on child folder thus user could open specific file in child folder but couldn't get "file in use" notification. After readding user as domain admin problem was solved.

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clicking on "file:///D:/UpToDate/contents/mobipreview.htm?3/4/3141" in excel redirect to browser but omits "file:///" &"?3/4/3141" portion from the hyperlink thus doesn't open in the browser. how can I let excel redirect file:// protocol without modifying the link

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Using Windows Vista, I have a Microsoft Office Excel 2003 file which I use regularly. It is password-protected, contains Macros and has many sheets which contain linked formulas between sheets.

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When I looked at the sheets, it just contained alot of numbers; no format or words, etc.

I've tried to open it in Word, as others have suggested, but it has not worked. Can someone help me recover this file? I really need the contents in it's original format.

Thank you in advance.

A:MS Office Excel 2003 "Unable to Read File"

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The "Details" option in the file menu format (on both Word and Excel) does not any longer display the date and time of the last file update. I have a Windows XP Home Version. Got any tips on how to restore this data? Thanks. --Jazzguy

A:Missing "Details" in Word & Excel file menu

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I was going through some photos that I have saved over the years and came across two that will not open.

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I have tried to open them with all my photo editing programs and even MS Word at the suggestion of one of the results of Google searches. Nothing works.

Anyone else here had a similar problem?


A:Solved: file format "*.mix"?

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Just recently got Delta Force Black Hawk Down Team Sabre. I had this game a year ago but I somewhat accidentally deleted it but a week ago, I got a copy of it again. I still remember how to make/mod maps but I don't know how to mod the game itself. Now the file format is .pff; googled around and the program that I should use is "Formatta Filler" but whenever I open the file it says "Unable to open form: (not .Pff)". Is there any other programs that will let me open the files and modify the contents of the game?

A:File opener for ".pff" format

I find a link to a pff extractor on Delta Force Barracks

Scoll down to post from Eagle_Eye.

A Guy

Dead link, go to this address, download file lower left, click on little arrow

Scanned clean

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I specify "9 entries" in the Excel Options --> General --> Recently used file list. It keeps only a few files in the File dropdown, sometimes only one file. This is on W7 but on my XP machine it keeps the nine recent files. Has anyone come across this problem? Could running CCleaner be affecting this?

Excel 2003 on both machines
W7 Home 64 Vers 6.1

Thank you

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I have this unusual situation and I hope that you can help. I have some Excel files (.xls) which I would like to view. However, I have a problem in opening them.
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Any suggestions??


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When opening an Excel worksheet as a startup file, get a message saying there are not enough system resources. If I open the file not as a startup file, it does not give this message. Has anyone had any experience with this error. Looked through pages of data on resources in MS KB but didn't find a solution to this particular one.

Thanks for your input.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD A10-5745M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 21 Model 19 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 11461 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon(TM) HD 8610G, 768 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 931539 MB, Free - 817426 MB; D: Total - 21284 MB, Free - 2138 MB; F: Total - 1907695 MB, Free - 897099 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 22C7
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

A:Excel 2010-startup file gives "not enough resources"

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I am trying to uninstall Yahoo Messenger using Add/Remove Programs. It won't let me and this error message comes up.

Can someone help?

Thanks...and have a great day! Note: Just registered and first time poster.

A:Solved: Error: "Could not open "INSTALL.LOG file"

You have most likely run a Cleaning program that has the option to delete LOG files.
Some LOG files are just that. Files that "log" activity.

But some, like the one you reference, contain information about how to UNinstall that application.

In this case, I would reinstall Yahoo Messenger, and THEN uninstall it.

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Am I sorry for not making a backup.

The XLS File is 1.231 MB in size. It has 15 worksheets.
Awhile back when I was opening the file, I received a window message stating "The workbook you are opening contains macros. Some macros may contain viruses." along with three buttons, Disable Macros (default), Enable Macros, & Do Not Open.
A problem here first-of-all is that the file never had macros. Even checking the file after opening (going into the Macro menus) revealed that the file had no macros. But the file worked otherwise and I never gave it much thought.
I do have the entire system (every file) periodically scanned for viruses. I update my Norton AV monthly.
NOW, when I try opening this very important file, I still get the macro window message, but immediately afterwards it bluntly states "Unable to Read File".

I really need the stuff in this file, in each worksheet. I opening the file with a text editor and all the data still seems to be there.
Your assistance & insite would be very much appreciated on how I can address this problem.

System Info follows:
I have MS Excel version 97 SR-2
Microsoft Windows 98 4.10.2222 A
Clean install using Full OEM CD /T:C:\WININST0.400 /SrcDir=F:\WIN98 /IZ /IS /IQ /IT /II /NR /II /C /U:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
GenuineIntel Pentium(r) Processor
64% system resources free
Windows-managed swap file on drive C (180MB free)
Available space on drive C: 180MB of 1218MB (FAT32)
Available space on drive D: 725MB of ... Read more

A:MS Excel "Unable to Read File"

Hi amaul

Try opening the Excel file in Word,
Shift, Right click on the Excel file, select Open with, select Winword, make sure the checkmark for "Always use this program to open this type of file" is removed.
Copy and paste the workbook to a new Excel file.

Let us know if this works for you or not.

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As the above title describes ""Local Area Connection" doesn't have a valid IP configuration"

I've tried every possible fix. CMD -> ipconfig /release - ipconfig /renew - reboot computer, nothing happens.

On the Network Sharing Center - I get my Network shown as "Unidentified Network."

I tried Uninstalling and Re-Installing the NIC, no luck. Updating the Driver didn't help either as it says it's up-to-date.

I've tried manually assigning the IP address, but I don't think I did it correctly, as I am quite new with Networking problems and especially with all the IP addresses', DNS, DHCP. etc. So I need support with that and try it out whether that fix will work, although I doubt at this point since I tried everything.

I tried disabling the IPv6 as well that did nothing too.

I also RESET my router, which also had no affect. I am using the VIRGINMEDIA SUPER HUB ROUTER. It's a Fibre Optic Connection.

I also called my ISP, they suggested the Internet is all stable and has no connection problems. The Technician I spoke to over the phone said that there is something at fault with my computer itself and not the Router or Internet connection. In other words, my NIC.

My wireless connection works without any issues, but when I plug-in my Ethernet Cable on the back of my Computer (Motherboard) it does not detect any Internet Access and I get the " Unidentified Network." When I troubleshoot it gives me that error whic... Read more

A:"Local Area Connection" doesn't have a valid IP configuration" Error.

Lets take a peek at your network environment:


Power Cycle everything . . Turn off the Modem, router and all pc's . . turn on the Modem and wait a few minutes for the lights to stabilize . . then turn on the router, then one pc at a time. See if you connect to the internet.


Then: check your browser's settings, remove any proxy settings if found here's how.


with the pc connected to the router, Click on Start . . Run . . type CMD

At the > prompt type type the following command: IPCONFIG /ALL

Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter. Come back here and Paste the results in a message.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB drive, or a CD-R disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.

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I am building a website. I have many ".doc" files that I need to convert into ".html" format. Is that possible?

Thanks, {redoak}

A:Solved: Can a ".doc" file be converted to a ".html" file?

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My Excel file suddenly has :2 after the .xls in the file name. I tried renaming it, copying it, closing re-opening but nothing helps. How do I get rid of that :2 in the fileid?

Thank you

A:Excel File Name has ":2" Appended to it.

What happens when you try to rename in in File Explorer (Windows Explorer)?

Right click on it and select Rename.
Use the right arrow key to move to the end of the file extension (xls:2).
Backspace two to remove :2 then press Enter.

What happens?

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I am trying to save about an hour worth of work and I get a pop-up error message saying "File not saved." I don't get any options other than to click ok. I would really not have to re-do all my work. Is there some way I can save what I've done? Please HELP!

A:Excel "File not saved."

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I'm trying to open in Excel 2010 a file with .exf extension that is always a pipe delimited text file. I have set, using Windows file associations, to open this type of file with Excel. But, I would like for it to recognize that it is pipe delimited, so that I don't have to click on Delimited, Other, "|" to import the file. Any ideas? I also thought about using a macro to save some steps as well. Thanks for your help!

A:Excel import pipe delimited file based on file extension

Hi, welcome tothe forum
Macro is the solution, just start the macro recorder, give it a name and do what you do, stop the recorder and you have the macro.
Simple as pie

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XP Home (installed SP2 recently, which MIGHT have something to do with this?).

Just saved two word docs and a bmp file, all separately. All three times I saw that a new location has been added to the Save As drop-down menu. It didn't open to My Documents folder but was in the general folder list of the whole computer. The location was called "FTP File Locations." It's never appeared on the Save As menu before. This made me think of the file/print sharing control, which is now located in the Windows Firewall, but I don't use that Firewall, I turned it off to use Norton. What was FTP Locations? And is there any way to disable file/print sharing without using the Windows Firewall? (These may be the same thing, I don't know.) Also, in Network Connections, I thought I'd find file/print sharing control there, but now XP wants me to run a whole Network Wizard thing..I'm afraid I'll somehow set up a network instead! or enable all kinds of things..I don't want to create a disaster here.

(My son installed an FTP program months ago for work he was doing, but the program was removed. I just searched for it, it's definitely gone.)

This is a stand-alone, non-networked home computer.

P.S. I saved another Word doc and now it's back to opening to My Documents folder as I can't find the FTP Locations anywhere.

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by mistake, i format my drive and i have an urgent file in it, that file is recover by me but when i open that file, there is an error ".xlsx because the file format or file extension is not valid. verify that the file has not been corrupted and that the file extinction matches the format".I have changed extension name also, like .xls, .pdf, .rtf, .doc. but my file cannot be open.Kindly help for this, as very urgent data in that file.

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I have tried to download an Excel (.xls extension) from a web site I use. On download I get a file with a .xlsx extension which will not open in Windows Office 2010. I successfully downloaded the file using Chromodo so I assume there is something corrupting the download via windows 10 Microsoft browser?

A:downloading excel file changes file extension to .xlsx

Originally Posted by bcubed

I have tried to download an Excel (.xls extension) from a web site I use. On download I get a file with a .xlsx extension which will not open in Windows Office 2010. I successfully downloaded the file using Chromodo so I assume there is something corrupting the download via windows 10 Microsoft browser?

Hi there
on the download is there a SAVE AS option -- that might work if you change the default to .xls

Otherwise I think there are some xlsx viewers where you could view the file or change it to xls. (Note changing to xls will possibly remove some formatting etc).


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I installed some software to assist me in converting .pdf docs. I didn't keep the name of the software but did uninstall it via control panel.

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Nothing happens when I click on them. How can I remove them from my "File" menu?

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This is driving me bonkers and I have almost no hair left. I really hope someone can help.

When I attempt to copy or move a file or folder from my Win7 box to my WinXP (SP3) media server, the operation nearly always fails. Take, for example, my trying to copy the VLC Media Player folder (704 files, 75.1 MB) from Program Files on Win7 to the C: drive on the media server via a mapped drive (X). In all cases, after hanging up at some point during the copy, I get this message:

Network Error
There is a problem accessing X:\<whatever current sub-folder copying is>
Make sure you are connected to the network and try again

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Every now and then, when I try opening an Excel file, I get a message saying that "Excel cannot open the file 'file.xlsx' because the file format or the file extension is not valid. Verify that the file has not been corrupted and that the file extension matches the format of the file.

A:Excel cannot open the file 'file.xlsx' because the file format

Older versions of Microsoft Office can't open the newer office formats,try updating and installing Microsofts file format converters.

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I have had my vista pc and my windows 7 (basic) net book setup to let me share files (through an Netgear DG834PN Route) for around 18 months with no problems.

However as of 3 days ago I can no longer do this and non of the network tools can fined or solve the problem. I can uses the internet though my rooter, see my vista pc on the network as well as the media streaming (windows one) thing.

I can also access my net book hard drive from my pc no problem and transfer/delete files as well?

When I do try to connect the following error message is given:
"Error code: 0x80070035
The network path was not found"

How can I fix this?
P.s. I know windows 7 basic has not create home group ability, but it worked with the one I made on vista. I can not afford to upgrade my copy of windows 7 so that is totally out of the question.

P.p.s I am a dummy at this stuff.

I have tried Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, no joy!!

A:network error message: "Error code: 0x80070035". No file shareing help

Welcome to SF,

Firewall might be the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone".
On some Firewalls or Security Software you might need to completely uninstall them.

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Hiya, I could use a little help resolving what should be a simple problem. It's really a long story, but to skip to the important part, I'll just recount this little tale:

I wanted to delete some files off of an old external hard drive to make space for some new stuff. It didn't matter, since the files I was deleting had been long since copied to a new drive. However, Vista, in its infinite wisdom, told me I couldn't delete the files, and it was for my own good. I politely said, "okay, Vista! Thanks for keeping me honest!"

But then I muttered, "I already have a mother" under my breath, and proceeded to go behind Vista's back and turn off User Account Control so I could delete the files anyway. Well, I knew that wasn't the best idea, so I immediately turned UAC back on afterwards, but it was too late. Vista caught me, and after the second restart, smote me with a problem I'd seen once before: nearly every program on my computer was said to have been closed after it "encountered a problem" or some nonsense, and when restarted again, the disk checker was run, found numerous problems, and did whatever it had to do to go about fixing them all.

Now I'm not sure what all that was about, because everything seems to be running okay now, save for one minor thing. That little "click" sound you get when navigating windows explorer was nowhere to be heard. I tried another restart and another disk check, b... Read more

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OK guys, im kinda new to this forum, so... hello.
My computer has a not so serious problem-When I try to open Local Disk C by double clicking it says:
Windows cannot find install.exe.
This program is needed for opening filed of type 'File'.

Type in the executable file to be used instead:

This problem isnt very serious, I just dont want my computer to remain "corrupt" if you know what I mean.

Help my and I will be grateful!

A:Cant open C:/:"Install.exe is needed for opening type of "file""

Hello and Welcome to TSF

Have you scanned your system for viruses lately? What antivirus program is installed on your system?

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Hi All,

I'm having some issues with WinDBG and a crash dump analysis for a Windows Phone 10, so I hope someone could answer this question here.

Background information:
Recently I bought a brand new Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM phone which keeps restarting over and over on a very random basis. After reading several threads it turns out that many people are suffering from the same issue and generic remediation steps are not working
at all. This includes using Windows Device Recovery Tool, turning off certain features such as WiFi & Bluetooth, SD card usage, etc.
After troubleshooting this issue for a while I decided to get on with Field Medic application which clearly indicated a 000000F9 crash. Unfortunately this didn't tell anything too specific so I captured a minidump from the phone and went straight to WinDBG
for further analysis.

Now my issue is that although I can load the crashdump into WinDBG, I'm unable to get the appropriate symbol files as WinDBG is constantly complaining about not finding the required files. I've changed the required sympaths as necessary so I've been trying
to use the official MS online repositories but WinDBG just doesn't want to cooperate and get the files. Unfortunately I couldn't find an offline symbols repository for Windows Phone 10 and therefore I'm stuck with the analysis. The symbols would be required
in order to nail down the root cause making the 0000009F crashes. So far I can only see that this is possibly a driver re... Read more

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When I press "open file" in the program "Business Intelligence" of an Office
program like Excel, I would like the window columns to be in "detail" view
instead of "list" view.
How can I do this?
Is this a registry default that can be changed?

A:Get "detailed" view on "open file" dialog window.

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I am having trouble opening some Excel attachments within emails received. I have Windows 95. When attempting to open it, an error message says, "whatever the file name.xls: file format is not valid". Any help would be appreciated. Thanks very much.

A:Excel 95 file format error

Are the files sent to you as a routed workbook?

If yes, this article describes the symptoms:

Or are you using a version prior to Excel 97 (you mention Excel 95, which is Excel 7.0) to open Excel 97 or Excel 2000 files? (

Excel is only upwards compatible (meaning you can open files of an earlier version, but not of a later version).


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I got an ATI video card today and put it into a system here:

Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 on Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000-G board with socket 478 Pentium 4 3000-MHz processor and 512 RAM.

Video card is here:

It won't play simple MPG clips so I figured I would install the DirectX 9c that's on its CD. I get the following error on attempting to install: "A cabinet file necessary for installation cannot be trusted."

The installation aborts at this point.

A:Install error: "A cabinet file needed for installation cannot be trusted."

Try from here.

Or here.

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Pictures taken with a digital camera and carrying the "name" of "IMG_####.JPG" can not be opened by nor inserted into MS Photo Editor. "Error Reading File" comes up.

Is there a way around this problem?


A:Solved: "Error Reading File" from Microsoft Photo Editor

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All of a sudden I could not find my sent mails in the Sent Items Folder. I looked for help from the forums and got a suggestion to create another profile to test whether I can see my sent mails there. I followed the instructions but there was not enough to lead me through so I don't think I completed creating a profile. Then I got another suggestion to purchase the Registry Booster to clean up my registry. After I did that I was able to see my sent mails again.

However I still continue to see the Outlook Data File Popup with the message "This data file has not been configured. Select an existing file to configure or try the name of a new file to create". After I clicked "OK" then I got another pop up to prompting me to choose a file from the Libraries.Documents directory. I clicked "Cancel" then I got another pop up with "Properities for this data file must be defined prior to use". I clicked "OK" and then I got the Outlook Data File Popup and the same subsequent popups again. After clicking through I was able to start my Outlook but when use the registry Booster to scan I got more error messages. So apparently these errors from Outlook is mucking up my registry. Anyone has any idea about this problem? Please help. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Helen.

A:Outlook 2010 Error message "This data file has not been configured"

Hi Helen,

Firstly, you certainly do not need any registry boosters to solve Outlook data file issues - was this a recommendation made by someone, or was this suggested to you by an automated pop-up? If its the latter, is there any chance you could be infected by some sort of malware?

To solve the Outlook issue, do you know where your Outlook data file is being stored? Can you do a search on your computer for all files with this extension:


Post back here with your findings. Also, can you tell us about your current system : what anti-virus software are you using. I'm a bit concerned about this Registry Booster : generally speaking, in most cases you really do not need/want to be mucking with the registry at all.


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Yesterday, i didn't knw what my little brother had pressed at my laptop for his sch work, it hanged! I tried to reboot.. BUT IT DIDN'T WORK @ ALL!

I am using partition for both Win Vist & WinXP Pro. Now both are not rebooting. Instead i received messages for my WinXP Pro as such:

Booting 'Windows XP Professional'

find --set-root /bootmgrv
Filesystem type is ntfs, partition type 0x17
find --set-root /ntldr

Error 17: File not found

Press any key to continue...

& messages for my Win Vista as such:

Booting 'Windows Vista'

find --set-root /ntldr

Error 17: File not found

Press any key to continue...

Please anyone help me on these problem i'm facing if possible, i'm so afraid of losing all my important documents in the harddisk. I really hope anyone please kindly assist me on these!


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"File Error
Exception of Type System
OutofMemoryException was thrown."

The above error message occurred while trying to copy my XP OS partition from my WinMe partition using a program which I believe is using xcopy which I downloaded from

I am trying to backup my programs which are on one partition, my WinXP OS which is on another partition and my data which is on another partition.

I am backing them up to a 2nd hard drive.

I was successful in backing up the "program" partition but received the error on backing up the XP Partition.

Any ideas what may have caused it?

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OS Version:  Windows 7 Enterprise x 86
IE Version:  IE 11
When a file is being downloaded from an internal website, an error prompt occurs, "certificate is not trusted".
However, it occurs, file can be downloaded properly.
If it can be controlled by Group Policy, please advise
Best solution: an error prompt can be suppressed

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