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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
When you try to open a document file, such as a .doc or .wri file, in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), you may receive the following error message:
Cannot load Word for Windows 6.0 files
A document may open with WordPad and may have extraneous or garbage characters at the beginning and at the end of the file.
Rich Text Format (RTF) converters are disabled in Windows XP SP2.
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To enable RTF converters in Windows XP SP2, you must modify the registry. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
Locate and then click one of the following registry subkeys:
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Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition