Unable to Open .PPS attachments directly from Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail

When you open a .PPS or .PPT file that came as a mail attachment in Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail, you may see the Open / Cancel dialog box. When you select Open, the following error may be displayed. This may happen even though you have PowerPoint Viewer 2003 or 2007 installed. However, the same file may open correctly when saved to disk, and then viewed. Note that this problem does not occur if you have Microsoft Office or PowerPoint installed.Read more

Error “This file does not have a program associated with it” when launching a game from Games Explorer

When you open Games Explorer (shell:games) and attempt to run a game by double-clicking on the icon or clicking the Play option in the Task pane, the following error message may appear:

This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel.

However, you may be able to run the game using the Start menu shortcut.Read more

Vista Slideshow Themes and WinSAT score

Although I have a graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE) which supports Aero, slideshows always run in Basic mode in my Windows Vista (Ultimate) RTM system. The Help and Support indicated that the slide show theme controls only appear if the WinSAT score is atleast 3.0. Mine is rated as low as 2.8 (Graphics system … Read more…