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    Excel error opening

    I recently had to remove Windows Vista and reformated and put on Windows 7. When I try to open most of my xls files it gives an error that it the file is in a different format than specified by the file ext. They are all xls. Shouldn't Office 2007 open those? When I tell it to open anyway, it just opens in strange text.
    I had Office 2003 and now have Office 2007.
    How can I open these needed files??

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    KzKz,

    They should open w/o a problem. You might try loading the Office File Compatibility Pack from Micorsoft.
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    Even going from files created in 2003 and trying to open using Office 2007?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kzkz View Post
    Even going from files created in 2003 and trying to open using Office 2007?
    Yes.
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    It said that another version of this product is already installed. So it failed.

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    KzKz,

    You might try uninstalling both the compatibility pack & Office 2007 and do a complete reinstall or first you might try a repair (start the uninstall then select Repair).
    If you could upload one of your files I could check to see if I can open it in Office 2010.
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    I'll PM/email you several of the files. I don't think it has anything to do with a repair of Office as it does it with both my office PC on those files as well as my home PC.

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    kzkz,

    I could not open either file correctly.
    It would appear that you have some major file corruption.
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    Thanks for looking into that! I realized that my Carbonite cloud backup has incremental backups and did a restore from a previous day and it worked. Somehow several files were corrupt on the day my pc crashed.

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    kzkz,

    Glad you got it sorted!
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