Doing a repair install of Office will fix the file associations, but you can do it (in principle) manually also from Config Panel>Folder Options>File Types. Locate the file type (.doc, .xls) , click on Change (or Edit or Modify, I don't now what the exact English term is), select the right program from the list (or browse to it), be sure the 'Always use ...' checkbox is checked and OK your way out.
Hope this helps.
Any assistance would be thoroughly appreciated...
XP (Sp2)-core 2 duo - 2gigs ram
For some reason, all word docs are suddenly appearing in their respective folders or on the desktop as a txt icon with a capital "A" on the bottom right corner. Exel docs have an basic windows icon associated with them.... I am still able to open them but I have to use the respective programs and do it manually instead of just clicking on the file and having the program open automatically. Its very annoying considering my line of work.... ANY IDEAS PLS.