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    Word 2003 won't open old Word documents (2003 SP3)

    Word 2003 no longer opens truly old documents (1993 - Word for windows 2.0).

    I get a message "You are attempting to open a file that was created with an earlier version of Microsoft Office. This type of file is blocked from opening in this version by your registry policy setting". Never heard of this before, and a quick look at Group Policy Editor (XP) didn't throw up anything obvious.

    I'd be grateful for ideas how I can sort this out, thanks.

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    Re: Word 2003 won't open old Word documents (2003 SP3)

    MSKB article Information about certain file formats that are blocked after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3 explains why this happens and how to change this behavior. Unfortunately it involves editing the registry.

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    Re: Word 2003 won't open old Word documents (2003 SP3)

    Thank you Hans. Editing the Registry is ok for me . . . doing it folder by folder is a pain !

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    Re: Word 2003 won't open old Word documents (2003

    I downloaded officefix.reg from this site. Problem solved.
    http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/20...e-2003-sp3.aspx
    It does the registry hack for those who are wary about venturing into the registry. Of course, a registry backup first is always a good idea!
    Hope that it works for you.
    Dianne

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    Re: Word 2003 won't open old Word documents (2003

    That's neat, thanks!

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