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    I am hoping you can answer this question, before I install the compatibility pack. All of my word 97 and word 2000 document will not open. the open window ask me to choose and encoding to read the document. all is garbage.
    I had installed 2007 and unstalled it, hoping that would clear up my problem, did not. I have office 2000 install as of this date. Compatibilty pack for word 2003 did not work. Any suggestions will be more than greatful appreciated, as these documents cannot be replace. Thanks

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    The following isd from;sloc=&p=1

    SP3 for Office 2003 blocks certain older file types from opening.
    To unblock them, see
    "You receive an error message when you try to open or to save a
    file type that was blocked by your registry policy settings in
    Word 2007 or in Word 2003".

    If you don't feel comfortable manually editing the registry,
    there is a .reg file available at
    .. All you need to do with the .reg file is download it and
    double-click it to merge into your Windows registry, restart your
    computer, and the older Word file types will no longer be blocked.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Plutonium Lounger
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    Welcome to the Lounge!

    It looks like Word thinks your documents are text files. Are you sure that the "Word documents" is selected in the "Files of type" dropdown in the Open dialog?

    If that doesn't help, you might take a look at Phil Rabichow's Systematic Approach to behavioral Problems in Word.

    If that fails too, I'd completely uninstall all versions of Office and make sure that all traces are gone, then reinstall one version (don't try to install multiple versions; although that is possible it could cause problems).

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