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Error "file format is not supported" while opening .xlsx in Windows Virtual Machine

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac Standard Edition

Symptoms

You get error "file format is not supported" while opening .xlsx in Windows Virtual Machine.


Cause

Microsoft Office 2003 does not support .xlsx files.

Resolution

1. Start Parallels Desktop application and Windows virtual machine
2. Download and install the Compatibility pack:
3. Restart Windows virtual machine




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