Word cannot start the converter mswrd632.wpc in MS word 2010


  • hi,

    I have MS Office 2010. I tried to open some older .doc files (from 1997, 2003), and word
    tells me " Word cannot start the converter mswrd632.wpc".

    I found a article which should fix  Converter Mswrd632 error :

    Let me fix it myself

    To unregister the mswrd632 converter yourself, edit the registry as follows:

    1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
    2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
      • For 32-bit versions of Windows:
        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Text Converters\Import\MSWord6.wpc
      • For 64-bit versions of Windows:
        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Text Converters\Import\MSWord6.wpc
    3. On the Edit menu, click Delete.
    4. Click Yes.
    5. Exit Registry Editor.

    This change will effectively unregister the converter and disable it for third-party applications and for Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office will use its own text converters to open these kinds of files

    But the problems is we are having many clients. According to this article should each client remove the registry entry itself on his local machine.We are having windows application in .net

    Is there any solution in which client don't have to do any thing and problem will fix



    Thursday, July 15, 2010 4:00 AM


  • Hi Neha

    A large corporation with an IT deparment should be able to use a "Policy" to change the setting of any Registry key, rather than having to make the change on individual machines. and it's definitely not something a developer should be trying to change, in this day and age of increased security concerns.

    This is something best asked in an IT-related rather than Developer forum, I think. Try on the Technet server:

    Cindy Meister, VSTO/Word MVP
    • Marked as answer by Bessie Zhao Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:24 AM
    Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:08 AM