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Word cannot start the converter mswrd632.wpc error

You may receive the following error:

Word cannot start the converter mswrd632.wpc

This error appears because of the security update for Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 on December 8, 2009.

You may experience mail merge issues write files are parsed but no message is shown.

To resolve this issue, an affected user can unregister the mswrd632 converter by editing the registry as follows:

Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.

Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Text Converters\Import\MSWord6.wpc
On the Edit menu, click Delete.
Click Yes.
Exit Registry Editor.

NOTE: For x64 systems above path is slightly changed:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Applets\Wordpad

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.

You can also fix this issue with applying the registry fix, but that is a less secure way according to Microsoft, as this fix actually creates 'AllowConversion' key in the new 'Wordpad' subfolder. (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Wordpad)

Download REG fix

There is another way to solve this issue by copying the MSWrd632.wpc file from another computer that doesn't have this issue. Make sure that this file comes from a trusted source on your network. This file can be found on the following path:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\TextConv

UPDATE: Above fix was not helpful to some of our readers, so Thomas Lewis offered another suggestion which should help.

Go to Tools > Options > General (Tab) in Word 2003
And check “Confirm Conversion at Open”
When you next try to open the document it will prompt you with a list to convert from. Choose Word 2007 and your document will open.
Have in mind that you will have to unregister mswrd632 first, which is noted above, before you make this changes.

NOTE: If none of this works, please check that your file is not corrupted, or that you or someone else didn't add X at the end of .doc extension or vise versa. This WILL NOT work! You have to convert the document using Office 2007 or 2010.

Another reported solution is to try to convert the extension of the file to .xls or .doc 

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Wolfgans Bachmann
0 #307 Wolfgans Bachmann 2014-01-29 16:13
Thank you so much - it works perfectly and came easy - not a trial and error story:
Removal of registry key from top of quiry
check what was suggested by Thomas Lewis.
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Peter
0 #306 Peter 2013-10-11 11:17
Easier said than done with the .wpc file. Try again.
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Peter
+1 #305 Peter 2013-10-11 10:53
My Word and Excel docs are messed up, like they are encrypted.

Have tried almost all these so-called suggestions and none have worked for me. How about something that actually works for a change.
I've deleted this and changed that, been on to the Microsoft "Help" pages, forums etc. Nothing.
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Bobbo
+1 #304 Bobbo 2013-06-13 14:10
Quoting John:
Quoting Zac:
Quoting VIRENDRA:
SIMPLE:
Change the file extension to -> .docx
and see the magic :)

That did it. Simple - thanks Virendra!

That's the best advice I've ever had from one of these forum things!!


Same here - worked like a charm!!
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Mike Stewart
+1 #303 Mike Stewart 2013-02-14 15:11
No solution I found on the 'net would work. I'm using Office2003 and have the Converters installed. The document I had was a Word2003 with a Word2007 one embedded within it.
However ... I found that right-clicking on the embedded 2007 document (then clicking OK every time the error message popped up) I was eventually getting the right-click menu. Selecting "Document Object/Open" from there actually opened the document OK!
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Julie
+1 #302 Julie 2013-02-08 07:31
Hi,
I only read comments #260 to before my response & wanted to let you know my scenario.

I received a doc in gmail - appeared to be "Word doc". I tried to open it in IE first, it opened fine but when I tried to print that is when I got the "word cannot start the converter mswrd632".

So not really wanting to play with registry keys - opened Word 2003 - Tools - General (tab) & clicked on "Confirm conversion on open". (Now I can't remember if I ran through the attempt to open/print in Chrome before opening Word 2003. I am able to print the doc in Chrome now.

Back to IE. Attempted to open file. Hit Print & now I decide to click "find file to open with" (reason is because I see ".doc.pdf" at end of file & remember another comment that it could've been saved incorrectly) so I find "PDF Viewer SE Plus" & I didn't see regular Adobe in my list so I ran with that choice.....SUCC ESS! it allowed me to print!
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Greg Biel
0 #301 Greg Biel 2013-01-25 11:27
file converter mswrd632.wpc
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John
+3 #300 John 2012-12-14 10:11
Quoting Zac:
Quoting VIRENDRA:
SIMPLE:
Change the file extension to -> .docx
and see the magic :)

That did it. Simple - thanks Virendra!

That's the best advice I've ever had from one of these forum things!!
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Gabor Halasz
0 #299 Gabor Halasz 2012-11-07 21:04
It has helped me a lot. I could namely also open a file by using Thomas Lewis's suggession. THANKS
Gabor
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Ignácius
0 #298 Ignácius 2012-10-20 13:32
Proč na Microsoft Word 3000 nejde psát???
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Steven Reminick
-2 #297 Steven Reminick 2012-10-08 16:14
known issue
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Rizwan ul Hussan
+1 #296 Rizwan ul Hussan 2012-09-27 04:06
I used MS Word 2007. My word files are corrupted due to installing windows again. Now when I open the file it displays message that "Word can't find the converter mswrd632." but the new file that are created after installing widows are opened correctly.
what was wrong with files created with MS Word 2007 before windows installation. I used the updated Anti-Virus and there will be no virus there.
Plz help if you can.
I tried all above steps already. plz tell me another possible solution.
thanks
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Karthick
+1 #295 Karthick 2012-08-02 10:00
i followed steve shabazian steps
its worked thanks lot to steve,,,,,
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Zac
+3 #294 Zac 2012-07-11 08:55
Quoting VIRENDRA:
SIMPLE:
Change the file extension to -> .docx
and see the magic :)

That did it. Simple - thanks Virendra!
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James Venn
-3 #293 James Venn 2012-06-29 07:18
This is old but still occuring on companies that support WXP and W7.

Once you have removed the registry keys, do not tick the tickbox in Word - simply install FileFormatConve rters.exe which will load the text converter for Office 2007/2010 documents.

This will allow you to open the files without issues.
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VIRENDRA
+4 #292 VIRENDRA 2012-06-18 16:54
SIMPLE:
Change the file extension to -> .docx
and see the magic :)
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Cristina Buchan
-1 #291 Cristina Buchan 2012-06-08 17:59
Thomas Lewis suggestion worked great. Thanks!!!
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Avinoam G.
+2 #290 Avinoam G. 2012-04-20 11:15
Excellent!!! Thanks a LOT!
I unregistered mswrd632, then followed this:
Go to Tools > Options > General (Tab) in Word 2003 And check “Confirm Conversion at Open”
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kyle p
+2 #289 kyle p 2012-03-26 00:04
i am having this problem when i transport my files from a mac at school to my home pc, i tryed both suggestions and got nothing, but what i do get is a duplicate of the file that i can open, so when i look at my usb there is one document that is faded and will not open, and one that is in full color and will open. should this happen?
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Zoran Aleksovski
-1 #288 Zoran Aleksovski 2012-03-13 22:43
Go to Tools > Options > General (Tab) in Word 2003
And check “Confirm Conversion at Open”
Pozdrav thanks
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Jorge Marsicano
+2 #287 Jorge Marsicano 2012-03-01 13:32
I followed Steve Shabazian instructions and could opened the file. Thanks Steve!!!
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