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Can you open a Word 2.0 document in Office Word 2003 SP3? I cant!

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Listed here are methods for opening files in Office earlier than 2007.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.
Warning!!!.
Changing the registry configuration could make your computer un-usable or un-stable.
So make any backup that you need now, or you will loose the files. You have been warned.


Method 1:
Use a downloadable update to automatically re-enable all file types

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1. Download the appropriate files from the Microsoft Download Center. To do this, click one or more of the following links:

To re-enable Word file types only, save the following file to a folder on the computer:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/UnblockWord.reg (http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/UnblockWord.reg)

To re-enable Excel file types only, save the following file to a folder on the computer:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/UnblockExcel.reg (http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/UnblockExcel.reg)

To re-enable PowerPoint file types only, save the following file to a folder on the computer:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/UnblockPowerPoint.reg (http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/UnblockPowerPoint.reg)

To re-enable the CorelDraw (CDR) file type only, save the following file to a folder on the computer:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/UnblockCDR.reg (http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/UnblockCDR.reg)

Note To change the settings for the CDR file type, you must be logged on as an administrator. If you are using a Windows Vista-based computer, you must be running with an elevated application. By default, regedit will prompt for elevation when it runs the .reg files. This behavior occurs because the filters that are used to import some older image formats such as CorelDraw CDR files are registered in the machine-wide settings, not in the per-user settings.

2. Double-click the file that you saved in step 1.

3. Click Yes to confirm the installation of the file.

4. If an Office program is running, restart the Office program.
After you install the update, the registry settings will be updated to allow you to open and to save all file types that are supported by Microsoft Office 2003. These file types include the file types that are blocked by default in Office 2003 SP3. The parsing code that is used to open and to save the file types is less secure. We recommend that you install these updates only if you need to work with the file types regularly.

Microsoft has also created a set of updates that will restore your registry settings to the settings as installed by Office 2003 SP3. To install the updates, follow these steps:

1. Download the appropriate files from the Microsoft Download Center. To do this, click one or more of the following links:

To restore the blocked Word file types only, save the following file to a folder on the computer:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/RestoreBlockingWord.reg (http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/RestoreBlockingWord.reg)

To restore the blocked Excel file types only, save the following file to a folder on the computer:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/RestoreBlockingExcel.reg (http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/RestoreBlockingExcel.reg)

To restore the blocked PowerPoint file types only, save the following file to a folder on the computer:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/RestoreBlockingPowerPoint.reg (http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/RestoreBlockingPowerPoint.reg)

To restore the blocked CorelDraw (CDR) file type only, save the following file to a folder on the computer:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/RestoreBlockingCDR.reg (http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/RestoreBlockingCDR.reg)

Note To change the settings for the CDR file type, you must be logged on as an administrator. If you are using a Windows Vista-based computer, you must be running with an elevated application. By default, regedit will prompt for elevation when it runs the .reg files. This behavior occurs because the filters that are used to import some older image formats such as CorelDraw CDR files are registered in the machine-wide settings, not in the per-user settings.

2. Double-click the file that you saved in step 1.

3. Click Yes to confirm the installation of the file.

4. If an Office program is running, restart the Office program.
Note After you install the update, the registry settings will be updated to the settings as installed by Office 2003 SP3. Additionally, you will no longer be able to open or to save the file types that are blocked by default in Office 2003 SP3.

Method 2:
Use the Administrative Templates to set the registry keys
You can use the Administrative Templates in the "Office 2003 Service Pack 3 Administrative Template (ADM), OPAs, and Explain Text" update to set these registry keys.

To download this update, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=BA8BC720-EDC2-479B-B115-5ABB70B3F490 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=BA8BC720-EDC2-479B-B115-5ABB70B3F490)
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Method 3:
Manually set the registry values
You can manually set the registry values to enable these file types in various products. To do this, follow these steps for the product that you are running.

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows


Note You should temporarily unblock the file types. After you open or save the files, block the file types again.

Excel
To enable Excel 2003 to open files in earlier Excel file types, follow these steps:

1. Exit Excel 2003.

2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.

3. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Excel\Security

4. After you select the subkey that is specified in step 3, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click Key.

5. Type FileOpenBlock, and then press ENTER.

6. With the FileOpenBlock subkey selected, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.

7. Type LotusandQuattroFiles, and then press ENTER.

8. Right-click LotusandQuattroFiles, and then click Modify.

9. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.

10. Repeat steps 6 through 9 for the LegacyBinaryFiles registry entry and for the LegacyDatabaseAndDatasourceFiles registry entry.

11. On the File menu, click Exit to exit Registry Editor.

To enable Excel 2003 to save files in earlier Excel file types, follow these steps:

1. Exit Excel 2003.

2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.

3. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Excel\Security

4. After you select the subkey that is specified in step 3, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click Key.

5. Type FileSaveBlock, and then press ENTER.

6. With the FileSaveBlock subkey selected, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.

7. Type LotusandQuattroFiles, and then press ENTER.

8. Right-click LotusandQuattroFiles, and then click Modify.

9. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.

10. Repeat steps 6 through 9 for the LegacyBinaryFiles registry entry and for the LegacyDatabaseAndDatasourceFiles registry entry.

11. On the File menu, click Exit to exit Registry Editor.

PowerPoint
To enable PowerPoint 2003 to open files in earlier PowerPoint file types, follow these steps:

1. Exit PowerPoint 2003.

2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.

3. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\PowerPoint\Security

4. After you select the subkey that is specified in step 3, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click Key.

5. Type FileOpenBlock, and then press ENTER.

6. With the FileOpenBlock subkey selected, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.

7. Type FilesBeforePowerPoint97, and then press ENTER.

8. Right-click FilesBeforePowerPoint97, and then click Modify.

9. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.

10. On the File menu, click Exit to exit Registry Editor.
To enable PowerPoint 2003 to save files in earlier PowerPoint file types, follow these steps:

1. Exit PowerPoint 2003.

2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.

3. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\PowerPoint\Security

4. After you select the subkey that is specified in step 3, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click Key.

5. Type FileSaveBlock, and then press ENTER.

6. With the FileSaveBlock subkey selected, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.

7. Type FilesBeforePowerPoint97, and then press ENTER.

8. Right-click FilesBeforePowerPoint97, and then click Modify.

9. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.

10. On the File menu, click Exit to exit Registry Editor.
Word
To enable Word 2003 to open files in earlier Word file types, follow these steps:

1. Exit Word 2003.

2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.

3. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Security

4. After you select the subkey that is specified in step 3, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click Key.

5. Type FileOpenBlock, and then press ENTER.

6. With the FileOpenBlock subkey selected, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.

7. Type FilesBeforeVersion, and then press ENTER.

8. Right-click FilesBeforeVersion, and then click Modify.

9. In the Value data box, type the value that corresponds to one of the values in the , and then click OK.

For example, the default value of this entry is set to "Word 6.0 for Windows" or "101." This means that all Word files that have a version number that is less than but not equal to Word 6.0 for Windows are blocked from opening. You can increase or decrease the default version. The versions that are specified in the Word file version table are in ascending order.

Note When you set the value of the entry to 0, all earlier-version files can be opened. We recommend that you set the value of this entry to one of the values that are listed in the Word file version table instead of setting of the entry to 0. This is because the parsing code that is used to open the earlier file types is less secure.

10. On the File menu, click Exit to exit Registry Editor.

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