To maxie: Tiffany127 said nothing about Word. May be she does not have it installed!!
Latest version of Microsoft Works 9.0 was discontinued more than 5 years ago. And certainly you won't have it out-of-the-box in Windows 7.
You could try to force open your works files in your Office Starter or even in WordPad.
In Office Starter or Wordpad - File menu, click OPEN.
Then in Open window make sure that it has ALL FILES extension selected (please click on a picture attached).