Getting Windows to Recognize Word 2010

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 3, 2015)

Neil's computer, bought about 18 months ago, came with a 60-day trial of Microsoft Office 2007. He never used this, but bought (and installed) Microsoft Office 2010. If Neil starts Word 2010 and opens a document, he has no problem, but if he tries to double-click on a document in Windows Explorer, it opens Word 2007 and asks for the product key. Neil has tried changing the default program via the Control Panel, but it only offers Microsoft Word as an option (no options for 2007 and 2010). He wonders how he can modify his system so that the unused trial version of Office 2007 is ignored in favor of Office 2010.

Probably the easiest way to fix this problem is to get rid of the Office 2007 trial software—simply uninstall it from your system. Exactly how you go about uninstalling software depends on the version of Windows you are using. If you are using Windows 7, then you can follow these general steps:

  1. Click the Start button and then click Control Panel.
  2. Under the Programs heading, click Uninstall a Program. Windows displays a list of installed programs on your system.
  3. Look through the list and find the entry for Office 2007. It will probably use wording similar to "Microsoft Office 2007."
  4. Select the entry and then click Uninstall.
  5. Follow any prompts on the screen until Windows informs you it has successfully uninstalled the software.

Detailed instructions about how to uninstall Microsoft Office 2007 can be found here:

After the uninstall is done, reboot your system. (In fact, for good measure reboot it twice.) You should then "repair" Office. (To do this, just follow the steps above for uninstalling. The difference is that you choose Office 2010 and, in step 4, click Change instead of Uninstall. You can then choose Repair from the options presented.) Doing this results in the proper file associations being established for Office 2010.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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