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    Upgrading from 3.1 (2003)

    Believe it or not, I have a client still using Word 3.1. Now they are getting new computers and Office 2003. Questions: Will 3.1 even run on Windows XP? Even if it does, they are still upgrading to 2003. Will 3.1 Word documents open in 2003? How do we convert them? <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22>

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    Re: Upgrading from 3.1 (2003)

    What IS Word 3.1? An MS-DOS version? If so, it might just run in a command prompt window, but I don't have an idea.

    Word 2003 should still be able to read documents created in old versions.

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    Re: Upgrading from 3.1 (2003)

    3.1 was just before 97. It was Windows, but just one step up.

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    Re: Upgrading from 3.1 (2003)

    Very strange. There was a Word 6.0 and then a Word 95, the internal version number of which was 7.0. From what I remember, Word for Windows skipped from 2.0 to 6.0. Why they would use 3.1 for anything is beyond me. Unless it refers to a version that was in the Microsoft Works suite, which always has had its own peculiar numbering system...

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    Re: Upgrading from 3.1 (2003)

    Windows 3.1 or 3.11 was the operating system. Word 2.x was the version before Word 6.0. Word skipped to 6.0 because WordPerfect was at 6 and MS didn't want users to think Word Perfect was more advanced because it had a higher version #. As I remember WP was not a WYSIWYG but was an adaptation of the DOS version.

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    Re: Upgrading from 6 (2003)

    You are right... my mistake. It was Windows 3.1. They are using version 6 (or could be earlier)... at any rate, my main concern is if they upgrade to 2003 can they still open the word documents they've created in V 6 (or earlier). I seem to recall something about 2003 not being able to open anything older than 2000???

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    Re: Upgrading from 6 (2003)

    The file format for Word 97, 2000, 2002 (aka XP) and 2003 is the same.
    Word 95 and Word 6.0 had a different file format, but Word 2003 can open Word 6.0/95 documents directly.
    See for example Microsoft Office Assistance: Strategies for sharing documents with different versions of Word.

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    Re: Upgrading from 6 (2003)

    Good. That's one less thing to worry about. Thank you., again! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>

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