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Windows 7: Word 2013 and 2003 installed; default programs won't recognize 2003

04 Aug 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Word 2013 and 2003 installed; default programs won't recognize 2003

I have Word 2003 and 2013 installed on my computer. Word 2013 can't edit files with custom XML elements, so I want to use 2003 to open them. However, whenever I double-click an XML file, it launches 2013. I tried to fix this by selecting "open with" and browsing for Word 2003. But whenever I do that, the program that appears in the open with dialog box is Word 2013--not 2003. I can't select Word 2003 from any open with dialog box from anywhere because of this. How do I fix this?

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04 Aug 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro

It's actually best recommended not to have 2 versions of MS office at the same time, but I guess yours is a special case.

Try opening Word 2003 and open your document from there. See if it works.
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05 Aug 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

It does work from there, but I want to be able to open them directly from their directory.
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05 Aug 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

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 Word 2013 and 2003 installed; default programs won't recognize 2003

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