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Windows 7: How to read documents created in older versions of word

17 Feb 2013   #1

Windows XP
How to read documents created in older versions of word

I am running MS Office 07 and cannot read documents created in earlier versions of word.
Any solutions?
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17 Feb 2013   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1,

Welcome to the forum.

What happens when you try?
Any error messages.
WORD can read files created in earlier versions by design.
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17 Feb 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Try this. It reads docs dating back to 2000: Download Word Viewer from Official Microsoft Download Center
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17 Feb 2013   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64

You should be able to go into word options and set it to read documents made with older versions.

Here ya go.
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17 Feb 2013   #5

Windows XP

"Word cannot open the document:User does not have access privileges"
That is what shows up when I try to open it up.
My computer crashed 2 weeks ago and these are files that were restored from a Kaspersky back-up.
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18 Feb 2013   #6

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Your issue is not that Word cannot open old files the error message clearly states it does not have the required privileges to open the file. You need to adjust the permissions of the files in question, especially if they came from a previous installation.
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18 Feb 2013   #7

Windows XP

Thanks to all for your responses. I did find that I can open them in my "F" drive (external HD) where my back up files reside. WOOHOO!!!!!
I am a HAPPY camper (even though a novice computer compared to y'all)
My bidnez files are once again available to me!
Now if I could only get back my previous emails I would be estatic. (That is my next quest)!
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