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    not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    When I double click a downloaded pps file, I get this error message "filename.pps not a valid Win32 application". However, I can start my power point view and open the file with no trouble. This happens with all my power point downloads.
    What's going on?
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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    Try this.
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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    Thanks for the suggestion, but I can't follow it because I don't have power point - I have only the viewer. The strange thing is I can open the files from within power point viewer - they just don't open when I double click them.

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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    Have you tried right clicking the .pps file and selecting the Open With... option? If the PowerPoint Viewer application is not there, try browsing for it. You can also optionally check the box to "Always use the selected program...". Then in the future, the double click should work.

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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    Thanks for that suggestion. I should have mentioned that I tried that, and I still have the same problem.

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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    "However, I can start my power point view and open the file with no trouble"

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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    I'm sorry. I should have said I can start my power point viewer (not view), and open the file using the File - Open command.

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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    Try going to Control Panel | Programs | Default Programs | Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program. Wait for the list to populate. Then find ALL of the entries associated with Powerpoint and change each to be associated with the Powerpoint Viewer. NOTE: clicking on the "Current Default" heading will sort by that column.

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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    I know how to use the Control Panel, but I don't have a Programs entry. I go from Printers and Faxes, Program Updates, Quicktime. How do I get to Default Programs? The Start menu's Set Program Access and Defaults gives choices only for web browser, email etc.
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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    Try clicking on the "Classic View" item on the left. This is assuming you are using the default "Control Panel Home" view. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    I am using Classic View. But I just have the entries I listed earlier: Printers and Faxes, Program Updates, Quicktime. No space for Programs, Default Programs

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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    IF <=== those are the ONLY items showing in your Control Panel, you've got a problem!! <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15> There should be LOTS of entries listed in the "Classic View". Below is a screenshot of where "Default Programs" appears in my Control Panel. Perhaps you have other issues that need to be dealt with which are impacting the one you are currently trying to resolve.
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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    Thank you for the clarification. I was looking under "P", but I now see the entry I want is under "D". Unfortunately, my son has taken the laptop away for a few days, so I won't be able to try your suggestion until he brings it back some time next week. I'll let you know what I find out then.
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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    Unable to open .PPS attachments directly from Windows Mail in Windows Vista may help. Even though it talks about Windows Mail it would be generally applicable if the open command it discusses is missing.

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    Re: not a valid Win32 application (Home Premium )

    Thanks for the link. The error message they discuss, "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action.", is not the same as my error message "not a valid Win32 Application", but I'll try it as soon as my son returns the laptop next week.

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