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Windows 7: Registry policy setting - can't open old word versions

08 Mar 2011   #11

Windows 7 x64

Microsoft’s help forum was not helpful at all. Your instructions worked perfectly first try! Thank you very much!

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13 Jun 2013   #12
sunitha jeevan

vista 64 bits

It worked for me also... thankx
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31 Jul 2013   #13

window xp 32 bit
YAAAAAAAA its working goooood

Super its working goooooooooooood
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15 Aug 2013   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64

I'll add to the happy chorus, yaaaaaaa, it works!!! And I echo Bakshara (Mar 08, 2011.) Thank you!
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04 Nov 2014   #15

windows 7 64

Thanks man, I spent long time finding something useful !
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20 Dec 2014   #16

windows 7 32 bit

Your link has solved my problem in a and I am very happy to be able to access my very old Word files from the 1990's once again. Than you very much.
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10 Jan 2018   #17

Windows 7 64
Late Gratitude

Thanks for the walk-through on how to enrich the registry - creating the keys did the trick. Now I am able to view 25 (in words: twenty-five-) year-old Word documents!
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10 Feb 2018   #18

dows 7 Ultimate x64
All I tried before failed

But your office security.reg worked for me too, instead. FANTASTIC! Thanks so much
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04 Mar 2019   #19

Windows 7 x64

I'm using Word 2003 and having the same problem with a very old Word document: I get the same message that the file type for the .doc has been blocked by a registry policy setting. Lots of other .doc documents are perfectly fine but I guess this one is quite old - 1994!

I've tried your registry fix even though it meant creating an entire series of sub-keys from "Office\12.0\Word\Security\FileOpenBlock" down to the new DWORD value. And I also tried running the office security.reg. I rebooted my PC and then tried again to open the old doc but no luck.
Now I've looked at the new registry keys created by the above under the sub-key FileOpenBlock: Binary12Files, BinaryFiles, DatabaseandDataSourceFiles, DifandSylkFiles, FilesBeforeVersion, HtmlandXmlssFiles, HtmlFiles, LegacyBinaryFiles,LegacyDatabaseandDataSourceFiles,OpenXmlFiles, TextFiles, XllFiles, XmlFiles. All are set to zero.

I also now have in the Registry a parallel set of Security settings for Excel that I didn't specify!
Do you have any suggestions? The very old document sets out an award I won in 1994, ie it's important to me. Previous times I've tried to open it, I just gave up. It won't convert to pdf or image format using Nuance Power pdf or AVS4You respectively. It won't print to pdf from Windows Explorer. It will open in Notepad but has a lot of rubbish symbols etc so it's unusable.

I look forward to your suggestions.
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