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Microsoft KB Archive/104688

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Article ID: 104688

Article Last Modified on 10/30/2006


  • Microsoft Mail Client 3.0
  • Microsoft Mail Client 3.0
  • Microsoft Mail Client 3.2

This article was previously published under Q104688


When you set up WordPerfect version 5.1 or 5.2 for Windows, WordPerfect does not correctly add a file association under Microsoft Windows. As a result, versions 3.0, 3.0b, and 3.2 of Microsoft Mail for Windows does not receive or send attachments correctly.

By default, WordPerfect for Windows does not establish extensions for its files. The result of this is that you are not able to attach files, nor can you see the WordPerfect icon. Instead, you will see a document icon with a folded upper-right corner and the document name below it.

When you try to open the file, the following error message is displayed in a dialog box labeled Microsoft Mail:

Stop. The application for the attached file <filename> (or one of its components) could not be found.


The error is not from Mail for Windows, but is the result of the WordPerfect for Windows file not having any association within Windows.


The following are two methods to establish an association for WordPerfect for Windows files:

Method 1

  1. Using any ASCII editor, open the WIN.INI file.
  2. Find the [Extensions] section.
  3. Using one of the default entries as a template, add the new WordPerfect extension.
  4. Close Windows and restart to force a reread of the WIN.INI.

Method 2

  1. From File Manager, select the file with the desired extension.
  2. From the File menu, choose Associate.
  3. Either choose the program from the list box or use the Browse feature to find WPWIN.EXE.

NOTE: Method 2 automatically makes the WIN.INI entry and the registration database modifications without the need to close and restart Windows.

You need to complete one of the above methods at every workstation where you want this feature. When you have finished establishing an association for WordPerfect for Windows files, users attaching or receiving WordPerfect documents with the appropriate extensions will see the WordPerfect for Windows icon.


To successfully use the Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) feature of Mail for Windows, Windows must have a file association to work with. It is important to understand that Windows cannot associate a file whose filename does not have a three-letter extension.

Administrators can choose any number of file associations, within the limits of the WIN.INI file size, according to your needs. Once these associations are chosen, you need to add them to the Windows WIN.INI file.

WordPerfect for Windows is manufactured by WordPerfect Corporation, a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.

Additional query words: 3.00 3.00b 3.20

Keywords: KB104688