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Getting the 32 Bit Stacks in a 64 Bit Dump

Posted by William Diaz on February 8, 2012

After loading up Word today, I noticed it would become hung each time I went to the Insert tab. I was able to reproduce the behavior after killing the process and starting it up again. To troubleshoot, I started by going to the Windows 7 Task Manager, right-clicking, and selecting Create Dump File from the context menu:
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Resolve That Application Crash The Easy Way

Posted by William Diaz on October 14, 2011

Sometimes Microsoft applications do a a good job at identifying the problem module when they crash. For example, in the Windows Vista/7 OS IE crashes with “Internet Explorer has stopped working”. Simply click the Details chevron to and look at the Fault Module Name:
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The Case of the Failed Blog Post

Posted by William Diaz on May 4, 2011

Every now and then I use Word 2010 to blog. I recently ran into an issue where I could no longer post to my SharePoint blog at work from my workstation and the error was rather generic, not alluding to anything: “Word cannot publish this post. The provider where you are trying to publish is unavailable…”
This was odd because previously blogs posted normally. Additionally, I was able to post to my Word Press blog on the Internet and a different internal blog. To see what was happening, I turned to Process Monitor and set a filter for winword.exe. There was nothing unusual with the file and registry activity. However, network activity stood out:
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The Case of the Word Open Document Delays

Posted by William Diaz on February 4, 2011

After a certain amount of time troubleshooting Word issues (not document issues) in a large enterprise environment that uses several templates, macros, and other add-ins, one develops a troubleshooting drill. This normally involves isolating a problem to a startup template or add-in. We have a lot of them and they are always increasing. For Office Word 2003, you can find most of these in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\STARTUP:
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Zipity Do Da .Docx

Posted by William Diaz on December 28, 2010

It’s a mystery how some files get their file extensions changed or removed. I have no doubt that some users think that manually changing it makes it compatible with whatever program they want it to open in. We often get files that contain a .doc extension but fail to open in Word. Sometimes they are corrupted, sometimes they are in a newer version of Word, and sometimes they are not Word documents at all. When you run into these, the easiest way to determine what kind of file it is is to open it with Notepad (or any text reader for that matter) and look for readable text in the data. Here is an example:
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Process (Monitor) of Elimination

Posted by William Diaz on December 2, 2010

The problem presented itself as thus: “Microsoft Visual BasicRun-time error ‘-2147024894 (800700002)’: Automation Error . The system cannot find the file specified.”

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Deleting the Word "Data" Key–What Does It Mean, Anyway?

Posted by William Diaz on November 19, 2010

The term corruption gets thrown around way too-often without actually knowing what it means or how it happens. If you troubleshoot Word often, all of us at one time or another have had to delete the Word Data key from the Windows Registry in an attempt to correct some problem. But what are you actually doing when you delete this key? To get an idea, visit the Word MVP site and read this:

You should also familiarize yourself with the following Microsoft KB Article that covers the Word data key and a few other keys:

If you bother to look at the registry values you will see they are unreadable,but if you open the Settings REG_BINARY and scroll down you will see readable text, which contains, among other things, data to Word .dot files.

When we say that the Word data key is or may be "corrupt" this could mean that information here is referencing non-existent/moved data or problem add-ins, like templates. In fact, to demonstrate what a corrupted Word data key can do, I opened both REG_BINARY types and edited the data by typing gibberish into them. When done, I opened Word and produced the following:

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Blogging with Word

Posted by William Diaz on August 12, 2010

Did you know you can write and post to your blog from Word 2007 or 2010? Most popular blog sites are supported, including SharePoint, which is a big help for me since I blog a lot at work and IE SharePoint creation space is so cramp and limited.

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