How to fix MS Word File opening Error

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April 11, 2011

Microsoft Word is the power tool for users who have to deal a lot with writing articles, creating reports and proposals and more. Microsoft Word offers lots of flexibility in terms of editing, creating and beautifying a document. But many a time, we encounter minor errors while using Microsoft Word. One of them is the file opening error which happens frequently. The message saying that Microsoft word cannot open the converter and thus preventing a file from opening is very common encounter among Microsoft word users. You can fix the mswrd632 converter issue on Microsoft Word with these simple tricks.

You must have come across the following message a lot of times.

Word cannot start the converter mswrd632

You need to unregister the mswrd632 converter in order to fix this issue. You can do it by either modifying the registry manually or using the fix provided by Microsoft. Before modifying the registry, make sure you have exited all Microsoft office applications. Now from the Run Command(Ctrl+R), type regedit and click on OK to open the registry editor for Windows. Now, locate the following key on the registry editor.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsText ConvertersImportMSWord6.wpc

Now, delete this key from the Edit Menu(Edit>Delete).

On 64 bit version, delete the following key in the registry.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftShared ToolsText ConvertersImportMSWord6.wpc

After doing this, Microsoft Word will use its own converters to convert and open the document. You’ll see a dialogue box with File Conversion option, the next time you open the file on Word.

Microsoft also provides a dedicated Fix tool to help you fix this quickly. Download this fix file from Microsoft and Run it. Follow the instructions carefully. But be sure to exit Microsoft Word and other Office Applications before doing this.

Thus, you can easily fix the converter mswrd632 issue by manually editing the registry or using the fix from Microsoft Corporation.

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  • Cindymedina702

    I did both options to remove this and am having no luck.   I went into the registry and removed the value and I also used the fix from microsoft.  I have run out of options…….any other ideas?

  • Anonymous

    how about uninstalling your Microsoft office and reinstalling it?

  • Lily Snape1960

    thank you so much!!

  • Николае Чаушеску

    didnt work for me both ways

  • Sumit Soman

    I am also facing the same File convertor issue. I am able to open current files which are created now. all old file have gone corrupt and I am not able to open any old file. File convertor pop up is been thrown every time.
    Please assist..