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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
When you try to do a mail merge from Microsoft Outlook to Microsoft Word, you receive the following error message, and you cannot perform the mail merge:
Word cannot start the converter file name.
where file name is the file name of a Word converter file (for example, Doswrd32).
The file name referred to in the error message is a missing or corrupt converter file. However, it is not necessarily one you are trying to use. When Word begins the merge operation, it validates the converter files found on the computer against their pointers in the registry. If there is a discrepancy, this error message is generated.
To correct this problem, use one of the following methods appropriate for your situation.
Method 1: Reinstall the Converter
If you need the converter referred to in the error message, reinstall it on your computer.
Method 2: Uninstall the Converter
If you do not need the converter listed in the error message, uninstall the converter.
Method 3: Reinstall the Converter
WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
To reinstall the converter that Microsoft Office installs, follow these steps:
On the File menu, click Delete to delete the Textconv folder.
On the File menu, click Close to close Windows Explorer.
Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel. (In Windows XP, click Start and then click Control Panel).
Double-click Add/Remove Programs. (In Windows XP, click Add or Remove Programs).
In the installed programs list, select Microsoft Office 2000 (Microsoft Word 2000), and then click Add/Remove. In Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows XP, click Change.
Select Repair Office, and then click Next.
Select Repair errors in my Office installation, click to select the Restore my shortcuts check box, and then click Finish.
For additional information about performing a mail merge from Microsoft Outlook, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: