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Files not opening after transfer to external drive & back to PC

By maggielou43 ·
Hi, Dragged & dropped files from XP pro into 2T external drive. After transferring the files back to desktop PC running win 7, some of the files wont open. All the photos & videos open ok, and most of the .doc files but not the .pub, mix, and several other file extensions. Also the .doc files with important diagrams on them show only text and not the diagrams which were drawn with "word"
There was a publisher programme on the XP machine which is not on the Win 7 PC which has powerpoint.
I know the problem is file extentions/associations but I dont know how to change them. Tried adobe. opened the programe and im not quite sure exactly what I did other than follow instructions on the screen but within seconds several "test files" that I used had been changed to adobe pdf but they still would not open. Apparently adobe would convert these files at a cost of

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