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Question MS Office -- cannot open older files
Last March, I got a new computer with Windows 7; I also bought Office 2013 with it. I found Office 2013 to be a pig.. In fact I woke up one morning and could not get any Office program to run; so, I used a MS removal tool to remove Office 2013.

I reverted to Office 2007 retail version. Everything has been running great.

Today, I tried to open an old Word document. It might have been created on WORD 6. But was last modified 4/21/2003 which would have been using Office XP (aka Office 2002.) I'm sure I was able to open these files with Office 2007 on my prior machine.

I get a message:
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This error occurs if you try to open a Microsoft Office document and the file type for that document has been blocked by a registry policy setting. To help secure your computer, Microsoft or the administrator of this computer implemented a registry policy setting that prevents opening this type of file.
To open documents with this file type, disable the registry policy setting. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 922850.
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922850 is a link:
http://support2.microsoft.com/?kbid=922850

It says to do a regedit:
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There is no "Trust Center" in Office 2007 or Office 2003. Therefore, you have to change the value of the FileOpenBlock registry subkey to disable the restriction of certain file types.

Important Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry

for restoration in case problems occur.
1.Exit Office.
2.Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
3.Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

For Office 2007:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0\<Application_name>\Security\FileOpenBlock
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Well, there's no such key!

In fact -- the whole tree branch isn’t there.

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It must be a remnant from having Office 2013 on here. Any ideas?

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RE: MS Office -- cannot open older files
So it won't open the file because it is somehow locked by a program that no longer exists?

Did you try to move the file to another computer and open it that way?

It could also be that the old Word format isn't supported by your current one and the other one did indeed leave a mark on it or something.

This is why I use OpenOffice.

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RE: MS Office -- cannot open older files
May I suggest trying either LibreOffice or Apache OpenOffice. They are an open source office suite that are free. They have the old "Office" menus and will open old(.doc, .xls) , as well as new(.docx, .xlsx) files. By default they will save files in the open document format(.odf), you can set your preferences to save in the MS Office format.

http://www.libreoffice.org/
or
https://www.openoffice.org/

I hope this may help.

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RE: MS Office -- cannot open older files
This must be a Windows 7 issue. I have a 5 year old Dell Inspiron Laptop that was running Windows XP.
I pulled the HDD and put a Solid State Drive (SDD.) I then did a clean install of W7 Home Premium, 32 bit.
Then I put Office 2007 back on it. I have same Word files on it. So, I just tried to open that file; and I got the same error message.

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RE: MS Office -- cannot open older files
It's a little tricky to do it the manual way since the registry key isn't always there. You have to manually create the key. The way around that is to use the "Fix It" wizard button on that MS site you found. It will do whatever is needed based on what it finds in your registry.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922849

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RE: MS Office -- cannot open older files
The Fix It Wizard buttons will allow you to do the deed without getting deeply involved in registry editing. First use the button to create the necessary registry tree structure with the restriction enabled and then use the second button to disable the restriction.

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RE: MS Office -- cannot open older files
I got it. I added my default save location to the trusted locations.
https://support.office.com/en-us/article...n-US&ad=US

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RE: MS Office -- cannot open older files
That'll work too. Good for you! Cleaver

In case anybody else tries the manual route, always back up the registry with ERUNT or equal, just in case things go sour.
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RE: MS Office -- cannot open older files
(11-18-2014 06:08 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote:  So it won't open the file because it is somehow locked by a program that no longer exists?

I think the idea is that those old files might be "dangerous" so Brother Bill thought it would be a good idea to protect us all from ourselves. We're awfully stupid, dontcha know!

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RE: MS Office -- cannot open older files
Either that or he wanted to make backward compatibility as hard to achieve as possible so as to encourage widespread shunning of anyone who hadn't upgraded to his latest money generator. In that sense, it was the "danger factor" he was thinking of, but to him not us.

I'm kidding of course. I appreciate how hard it is to make new software, with all its safety measures built in, and then make it compatible with files created with the lesser protected method and still safely run any macros they may contain. Then run all that on a system that can also play any game that some egg head can dream up. It's a wonder Windows itself works as well as it does.
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