I have been reading posts on this problem dating back to 2004 and none of the
"fixes" have helped me. I am running XP Home, SP3 and I have Windows Live
Mail "The latest version". I Have downloaded the latest version of Power
Point Viewer "2010" and I still have to save the e mail attachment and then
manually open the .pps file. I have the same problem if I am trying to use
Outlook Express. It seems that Microsoft builds problems into their programs
to try to force you to buy the expensive software packages like "Office". I
am a home user and I cannot justify spending $400.00 for a software package
just to be able to read and enjoy e mails. Since this problem has plagued
users for years, one would think that Microsoft would have addressed this
problem in the newest version of PPV.
"Bruce Hagen" wrote:
> Unable to open .PPS attachments directly from Windows Mail or Windows Live
> Bruce Hagen
> MS-MVP [Mail]
> Imperial Beach, CA
> "Richard" <Reply@newsgroup> wrote in message
> > This isn't a major issue but I'd like to understand what's happening and
> > fix it if possible.
> > Today I received an email with a .pps attachment. When trying to open it
> > from within WLM, I got the following error:
> > " This file does not have a program associated with it for performing
> > this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed,
> > create an association in the Default Programs control panel."
> > I do not have Microsoft Office, but I do have the document viewers for
> > Word, Excel and PowerPoint. None of these applications show in the
> > Default Programs control panel. I don't know why except that the really
> > aren't programs, but "Windows Photo Viewer" does show. How is that any
> > different.
> > I was able to save the attachment to my desktop and open it there either
> > by double-clicking or by right-clicking and opening with Microsoft
> > Office PowerPoint Viewer. I also noticed that the check box to "always
> > use the selected program to open this kind of file" was checked so the
> > proper file association appears to be proper.
> > I did test ".doc and .xls" attachments by sending attachments to myself
> > and they open just fine from within WLM. I don't know what the .pps
> > problem is. Is there way to resolve this issue so that I can open this
> > type of file directly from within WLM.
> > WLM - 14.0.8064.0206
> > Microsoft Office Power Point Viewer 2007 - 12.0.6425.1000
> > Microsoft Office Excel Viewer - 12.0.6425.1000
> > Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003 - 11.0.8173.0 (I don't know why this
> > one is different)
> > Thanks,
> > --
> > Richard