Cannot open rich text format file

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How come I cannot open my rich text file and Word file anymore but I can open my PDF file. The message says that Microsoft Word starter 2010 cannot be opened. Repair the product in control panel.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Rich text format, that is rtf format file which can be easily opened in Wordpad (built-in tool) and that does not require word. Right click on the file and click open with then select Wordpad. For word starter 2010, first you have to check for viruses. probably the software is corrupted/damaged. In this case you can again uninstall/reinstall the same.
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  • luisitoadiaz
    Sir, Thanks a lot for your response to my question. I tried to download WordPad 10 and PDF viewer. I was able to open it in both ways but a long process to do it not unlike before if i only want to view my documents in RTF files it just take a one click. I am thinking that changing my windows 7 to windows 10 gives me this problem. It does not let me go back to window 7 cause i change it long time ago. Again, thanks you Sir!
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  • Subhendu Sen
    No, this is not required to downgrade the OS. If your aim to open/read/edit RTF files (as you mentioned in question), then try to download/install libre office/ open office. This software can help to do the same job. Now how did you update windows either by Microsoft free update/ by using setup CD/DVD. Also wordpad is a built-in tool in Windows, so why did you download the same one.
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  • ToddN2000
    In you question you say "Microsoft Word starter 2010 cannot be opened" was this a trial version that came preloaded on your PC? It may be the trial time has expired. Can you open Word at all or any other types of documents in Word. Wordpad is free and a part of the OS and should open a RTF type document. PDF use another utility to open them by default, Acrobat Reader.
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  • luisitoadiaz
    Thank you all for your reply. Now I got another big problem. I tried to download libre office as what have been mentioned and at the time of downloading i saw a lot of icon on the taskbar of the libre office and I tried to erase each just to leave one icon at the time it was downloading it was taking a long time and i tried to cancel the downloading but i can't and tried the task manager option and still not working, so I did close it to the power and open it back. I went to see if I was able to download the office libre but I did not find it, so, I went to my control panel to restore my computer to earlier date just to erase just to be sure. Now, the problem is the control panel is not responding and it shuts down automatically and goes back to where you at the desktop. What did just happened? I can still use most of application but i can't use or go to my control panel. Thank you!
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Assuming there is some problem when you downloaded open office, here is the link: https://www.openoffice.org/download/

    Next, for control panel, reboot the system in safe mode and try to open control panel and check whether open office/ libre office already installed there. If yes, uninstall and try to download from above link, this is a setup file and you can save the file as your choice either on desktop/specific folder. Then install the same by the help of setup file.

    Remember always download a software from a vendor's official web site.

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  • luisitoadiaz
    Thank you Sir!
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  • TheRealRaven
    You should note that LibreOffice is very unlikely to open .RTF files any faster (and possibly noticeably slower) than what you've already tried.

    Also, closing task bar items from the download process while the download/install is running is likely to make a mess of the installation. If suck tasks must be closed, they should be closed through Task Manager (or something like Process Explorer) after determining which ones have become stalled or inactive.
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  • TheRealRaven
    If you right-click a .RTF file, what is listed under 'Open with...'?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    If your file, just a plain text file, you can try to open it in Notepad/Notepad ++.
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  • ToddN2000
    I like NoteTab Lite my self for a simple text editor.

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