Add .wps and .xlr Works associations to Office 2010 Starter Edition

Do the following (with Admin account) to associate .wps (Works document) and .xlr (Works spreadsheet) file types to Word and Excel.

  1. Create Restore point to roll-back in case you make a mistake editing the Registry
  2. Run Regedit
  3. Locate HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ .doc
  4. Right-click .doc key and select Export and save to Desktop file as, e.g. docassoc.reg. The contents should look like the sample below.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 for .xls
  6. Exit regedit
  7. In file File Explorer Copy & Paste docassoc.reg renaming the target file to wpsassoc.reg
  8. Similarly create xlrassoc.reg using xlsassoc.reg as source
  9. Edit wpsassoc.reg and replace .doc with .wps and save
  10. Edit xlrassoc.reg and replace .xls with .xlr and save
  11. Double-click wpsassoc.reg and xlrassoc.reg to add the new keys to the Registry under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
  12. That’s it  – double-clicking .wps or .xlr files in File Explorer  will now open them in Word or Excel automatically. Also the file icons will change to recognisable Word and Excel files
docassoc.reg

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc]
@="Word.Document.8"
"Content Type"="application/msword"
"SoftGridSource"="{90140011-0066-0409-0000-0000000FF1CE}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc\OpenWithProgIDs]
"Word.Document.8"=hex(0):

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc\PersistentHandler]
@="{98de59a0-d175-11cd-a7bd-00006b827d94}"

wpsassoc.reg

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.wps]
@="Word.Document.8"
"Content Type"="application/msword"
"SoftGridSource"="{90140011-0066-0409-0000-0000000FF1CE}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.wps\OpenWithProgIDs]
"Word.Document.8"=hex(0):

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.wps\PersistentHandler]
@="{98de59a0-d175-11cd-a7bd-00006b827d94}"


xlsassoc.reg 

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xls]
@="Excel.Sheet.8"
"Content Type"="application/vnd.ms-excel"
"SoftGridSource"="{90140011-0066-0409-0000-0000000FF1CE}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xls\OpenWithProgIDs]
"Excel.Sheet.8"=hex(0):

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xls\PersistentHandler]
@="{98de59a0-d175-11cd-a7bd-00006b827d94}"


xlrassoc.reg 

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xlr]
@="Excel.Sheet.8"
"Content Type"="application/vnd.ms-excel"
"SoftGridSource"="{90140011-0066-0409-0000-0000000FF1CE}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xlr\OpenWithProgIDs]
"Excel.Sheet.8"=hex(0):

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xlr\PersistentHandler]
@="{98de59a0-d175-11cd-a7bd-00006b827d94}"

Notes:

  • In order to edit .wps or .xlr files in Office 2010 Starter Edition you have to first add the Works file converter. Later versions have this built in.

Disclaimer: The above procedure is carried out at your own risk and offer no guarantees

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