Office 2013 preview crashing after update

If you’re running Windows 8 with Office 2013 preview and you restarted your machine recently you might notice that Word crashes when you open your existing documents.

It seems that something in the latest round of windows updates isn’t playing along. Luckily the fix is easy and only takes a few minutes and a reboot:

  1. Press the windows key
  2. Press CTRL + W
  3. Type “add”
  4. Launch Add or remove programs
  5. Highlight Microsoft Office 2013 Preview
  6. Click Change
  7. Choose Repair

 When the repair is finished and you are prompted reboot the machine and you should be back in action.

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Office 2013: The file is corrupt and cannot be opened

I’ve been running my main work machine on Windows 8 and Office 2013 preview for about two weeks now.

I’ve noticed that when I open a office document from an email attachment or a download I get the following message in Office:

This message is not necessarily correct and could be caused by a “blocked” file… this is because the file came from “another computer” and you have to explicitly indicate that its okay:

  1. Right-click the file
  2. Select properties
  3. Click the Unblock button
  4. Click OK

You should now be able to open your file as you would expect now.