Strange PowerPoint error – PPT or PPTX files work on some Windows XP machines and not on others!

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I have a weird issue with some PPT and PPTX files that I have had no previous problems opening on my machine - the crazy thing is that I can take these same PPT and PPTX files to another computer on the network and it opens with no problems and bring it back to my machine and I get the error below.

I have used both flash drives and the network drives to transfer the files between machines and it doesn’t seam to make any difference I still get the same result: It works on some machines and not on others! I have already done all the obvious thing in office including:
  • Search and repair errors
  • Complete uninstall and reinstall of PowerPoint only
Before I go ahead and uninstall and reinstall office, I was wondering if anyone else ever encountered this issue and what was done to resolve it? Thanks!
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The file extension changes depending on what version of office it was created / or saved on. If you try to open the PPTX on an older version of office you will get this error. 

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  • Subhendu Sen
    You wrote a lot, but you did not reveal what version of MS Office/ which OS are you using now ! MS Office earlier 2007 has some problem to open .pptx file while it is necessary to install some kind of tools to recognize. However, you can tried these files with Open Office/ Libre Office (completely free).
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