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Different PC, Same Software, File Type Options Missing

by Michael9171973 / October 20, 2011 3:51 AM PDT

I just switched to a different PC at my office, and copied over
Microsoft Photo Editor from my previous machine. On that machine, I
regularly used this software to open .PCX files. On this machine, Photo
Editor does not recognize .PCX as a file type.
Is there something I can do to modify that? It's the same version of
the software, so I don't understand why this happens.

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Clarification Request
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 4:06 AM PDT

If both the works PC and the home PC are XP and if Photo Editor is the same version on each machine, then that's very strange.

So, what's different? What is the 'full text' of the error message?

How do you open these files? The methods are;

1] Double click the file

2] Right click the file, select Open.

3] Right click the file, select "Open with", then choose the application.

4] Open Photo Editor first, then go to File > Open, navigate to the file location, and select it.

if you have not tried option 4 yet, try that and tell us what happens, with any error messages.


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More Details
by Michael9171973 / October 20, 2011 6:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Strange

Actually, the previous PC was Windows 2000. That could be a factor I suppose.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 9:05 PM PDT
In reply to: More Details

I'm stumped.

I know that .pcx files are a file type that has 'gone out of fashion' now, and I believe that is because it is limited to 24 bit colors. More about that here;

And I also see that Microsoft's Photo Editor was replaced by Microsoft Photo Viewer at some stage and that doesn't do editing.

My memory fails me, but I am sure that when I got my own XP system back in 02, it had Photo Viewer pre-installed. However, I also had Microsoft's Office 97 suite on CD at the time from a previous Win 98 system I had, so when i retired the 98 computer I installed Office 97 on to the XP system until I upgraded to Office XP (2002). For the life of me I can't remember if either CD had the older Photo Editor on it.

I think you are going to struggle with this. .pcx seems to be a format that is fading away from general l use, so all I can suggest is that you continue with the software you have found that does still accept this format. We often recommend Irfanview in these forums as that application still recognises .pcx files.



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I checked with me.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 10:11 PM PDT

I've got Microsoft Photoeditor (photoed.exe, version 3.0.1) on my XP and Windows 7 machine. I think it originally came from Office 98 (not sure, however), but it's one of those programs that doesn't need to be installed but can just be copied to a new machine.
And all it recognizes is gif, jpg, jpeg, png, no pcx.

If you're sure it worked on your old machine, the difference could be that it was installed there and copied here. The installation might have done things in the registry or in the Windows folder that aren't in the folder in Program Files and make it recognize more file types than just these basic 3 (or 4) ones.
So my advice: install it from the original CD it came from.


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A possible cause.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 10:34 PM PDT
In reply to: I checked with me.

it really came with MS Office (as I remember) possibly it was tied to
the "graphic filters" that you could optionally install as part of MS

You might know (or be able to find out) if there was such a filter for pcx-files installed
on that old machine. Then you might have found the cause.


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