Solved Video won't open in PowerPoint . . .

December 1, 2012 at 16:09:46
Specs: Win7, AMD 2.90 ghz, gb mem 32 bit
When people send me videos, some won't open in Windows Media Player. I get a box that says That I am attempting to play a file that ends in .pps and does not match the file format. I then have to go to the download file and open PowerPoint and look for the file then it will open. Can I make an adjustment to have these file open automatically?

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January 10, 2013 at 11:58:18
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#1
December 1, 2012 at 17:15:44
The file extension (such as .pps) is all important. Once you get one file to open then all files with that extension will open too.

Save one of the .pps files to a folder somewhere (such as Documents). Double click the file and it will offer various programs with which to open it. Choose Power Point and OK your way out. There is also a right click "Open With" option.

If at some later time you have problems with some other file with a different extension then follow the same procedure, pointing it to the appropriate program for that file type.

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#2
December 1, 2012 at 18:03:01
OK Derek, I put it in Documents folder and right clicked to make selections and selected PowerPoint. Then tried to open it and got this message:

C:\Warren\Desktop\aol download\PPSHollywood_DoradoBEA.pps is not a valid Win32 application


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#3
December 1, 2012 at 18:16:18
And, when I select PowerPoint in the Browse section (it only appears in Browse) it saves on the previous screen as 2007 Microsoft Office component.

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#4
December 2, 2012 at 07:49:11
It shouldn't make any difference but from the path given you saved the file in AOL Downloads rather than the Documents folder.

Maybe there is something wrong with the file. See if you can find another .pps on your system. If there are any around putting *.pps in the search box it should find them. Alternatively you might have another one that you can save from an email attachment. See if you get the same results with another file.

If none of that works then see if you can find the exe file for PowerPoint and associate a pps file directly with that using Browse. If you only have the Power Point viewer on board the file is likely to be pptview.exe located here:
Program Files > Microsoft Office > Office12

In some office versions the exe file is powerpoint.exe

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#5
December 23, 2012 at 16:24:56
The easiest thing is to download and install this free reader:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...

You may also want to do a quick scan with malwarebytes and fix all it finds...you could have some malware on your PC also causing problems. DO NOT rely on AOL tools....they are the WORST

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions 7 Golds


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#6
December 23, 2012 at 16:35:06
WarrenTSI

If you are still around and have not fixed the problem, do you know if you have PowerPoint (part of MS Office) on your computer or the MS PowerPoint Viewer?

If you already have the viewer and it is not working then maybe re-installing it from the download at #5 might fix it.

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#7
December 23, 2012 at 18:49:07
Yes to both of you. I am still having that problem. I have Powerpoint Viewer 2007 downloaded awhile ago, MS is the one i have. And I run Maleware bytes every week with AVG 2013. To reiterate, I can play a download that someone sends me, it's just that i have to open Powerpoint, then look for the file and open it like that. Whereas, all the others open as soon as I download them, in Windows Media. When I had XP this was not a problem. No big thing tho . . .

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#8
December 24, 2012 at 07:47:27
If you save the .pps attachment onto you computer as a file, does it run if you double click it? This will tell us whether it is a general issue or related to email.

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#9
December 24, 2012 at 17:52:19
No they won't. I get the following box:

C:\users\Warren\Desktop\aol downloads\fantasti_photos_2.pps is not a valis Win32 application.


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#10
December 25, 2012 at 18:07:32
OK, it is not an email issue then.

First of all, go to Search and put in *.pps
This will find all files of that type in your system. With luck there will be more of them than the one in questions. Try double clicking any one of them to see if they all give the same error message. If it only the one file that gives trouble then there is something wrong with it.

If none of them work I'm rather back to what we went over before, except that this time we know you already have the MS PowerPoint Viewer on-board.

So, find the file fanasti_photos_2.pps file (or any other .pps file for that matter), right click it and choose Open With. If the PowerPoint viewer is an option then select that, otherwise find the path to the exe file for your PowerPoint Viewer using the Browse button. As I understand it this will be the pptview.exe file located here:
Program Files > Microsoft Office > Office12

If you can get your pps file to open, then make sure you have ticked the box to always use this to open pps files, otherwise next time it will fail again.

If none of this works then you could go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and uninstall MS Power Point Viewer. Now use the link in #5 to download a fresh copy and install it again. You "might" still have to set up the associations as above but a new copy of the viewer could cure the issue.

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#11
January 10, 2013 at 08:59:20
Thanks for trying to help:
I downloaded the repair and started to run it, but where it says to select source file name, i put in fanasti_photos_2.pps and it said it couldn't open the file. Not sure what i should put in that box to do the repair. . . .

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#12
January 10, 2013 at 10:11:02
Did you find any other pps files (as per first line in my #10)? If so what happened when you tried to open one by clicking on the file itself? This is important because it will tell us whether this is a widespread issue or just something related to "fanasti_photos_2.pps".

What repair do you mean?

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#13
January 10, 2013 at 10:59:45
That's a good one. Now I don't see his response and don't remember who it was. But he told me to download Powerpoint Repair Toolbox which i did and ran it. But were it says to select source file name, i put in fanasti_photos_2.pps and it said it couldn't open the file.Tried a couple of other powerpoint files i have and still got that same response.
To reiterate, any powerpoint file i click on i get a response that says: the file is not a valid win32 application.
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#14
January 10, 2013 at 11:14:44
OK, did you try associating pps files with PowerPoint viewer as per #10?

You can use any pps file for this.

If you need any help with this please let me know.

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#15
January 10, 2013 at 11:48:17
Well, well, gues what. It worked just like you said it would. I swear I did this before with no luck. Now i see that all my powerpoint files have the powerpoint icon in front of them. Before they all had what looked like a Msft icon, blue bar with red and blue image inside. too small to make out. thanks to you and everyone who responded.

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January 10, 2013 at 11:58:18
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