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Tom, got your answer, thanks.  cant figure out how to continue this question thread, however, so I seem to be forced to start a new one (if you can advise how to continue, I wont start a new one "next time".

I tried the renaming trick you suggested in the proposed solution (copied from elsewhere, not your own solution).  What happens now is, Windows 7 enters a brief "Installation & configuration" phase, and ends up creating a new copy of Excel.Exe in the Office 12 folder.  When I click on an XLSX file, it then opens the new copy its made, which is of course Excel 2007.

None of the attempts to change the default program specify the path or the version name.  I simply see an icon for Excel, and it doesn't specify which version it is.  I haven't found anywhere that allows me  to select between the two versions.

I too have looked elsewhere on the net to find an answer, and having failed thus far, I've turned to you.  Got any other ideas?

   >>> Bill


this link seems to give the information you need.

So browse to the correct version of excel.  

Then in the final step, he says if that doesn't work for you, then use the regserver command to reset the defaults for excel - again, you would us the proper path to reference the correct version of excel you want to use.

These steps make sense to me.  I have used regserver before and recommended it for problems related to registry settings.  I have set the program associations in earlier versions of windows when, as I recall, you could manually change the path.  So I believe a combination of the associations and the regserver should be very robust - but then I don't have an environment to test this.  

Tom Ogilvy

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