Windows 10: "Word could not create the work file" error

Discus and support "Word could not create the work file" error in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; I asked this question recently, but I've pinpointed the action that causes it, so I'm reposting it in the Windows area. When I have the Preview pane... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by Robert__S, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. Robert__S Win User

    "Word could not create the work file" error


    I asked this question recently, but I've pinpointed the action that causes it, so I'm reposting it in the Windows area.


    When I have the Preview pane open in the file explorer, I get a dialog with "Word could not create the work file. Check the temp environment variable". If I dismiss this dialog twice, the contents of the file appear in the preview pane.


    My temp environment variable points to C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Temp.


    When I examine the permissions on this folder in the Security tab of the Properties dialog, it says "No permissions have been assigned for this object.

    Warning: this is a potential security risk because anyone who can access this object can take ownership of it. The object’s owner should assign permissions as soon as possible." There are a whole lot of files in this folder, so I assume that it has read/write permissions.


    I've tried deleting the temp folder. It is re-created with read/write permissions, but it has appeared with no permissions again today.


    This problem occurs with two user accounts on this machine.


    The "chkdsk" command does not reveal any errors.


    I'm using Windows Pro 10 64 bit

    :)
     
    Robert__S, Jan 15, 2020
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  2. microsoft word 2003

    I have a lot of ms word files on my pc. But one of them showed me an error - Getting unknown error messages while opening (.doc) or (.docx) files. I don't know how to open my word file or repair microsoft word. Any suggestions, guys, please.
     
    abandone15, Jan 15, 2020
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  3. Photoman Win User
    Outlook and Word "Could not create the Work File" Errors


    I'm getting two similar error messages when I try to open both Outlook and Word....

    (Outlook / Word) could not create the work file. Check the temp environment variable.

    Outlook is not opening at all, and Word will open at the second or third "OK" click on the error message.

    I've spent the last 24 hours editing the registry, for both programs based on advice found online, but nothing has worked.

    I'm using the Office 2013 versions of both programs (version 15 Outlook). Could someone offer me any suggestions as to how the registry should look for both programs please, as this is preventing em from working (I'm self employed and use both programs all the time).

    I saw that there's a workaround using IE, but it's not on my computer (only Edge). This keeps crashing when I try to open it, and I can't seem to get a download of IE, as Microsoft assume I have it already.

    I tried a system restore several times but for some reason it won't work - I was even so desperate to fix it. I tried resetting the OS, but this also failed (I have no idea why).

    Add this to the problems of saving files in Word caused by Windows 10, and I have to say that for me, it wasn't a good choice to upgrade.

    Any help on this would be very welcome.

    Stephen
     
    Photoman, Jan 15, 2020
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  4. newtekie1 Win User

    "Word could not create the work file" error

    microsoft word 2003

    Is it just one file, or all your word files?

    With the exception of Outlook, I have yet to find a reason to stop using Office 2000, 2003, and 2007. They open all the latest files just fine, and they work just fine.
     
    newtekie1, Jan 15, 2020
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