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MS Word 97 Conversion Filters?

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I have quite a few files (about 8 years worth) in various DOS versions of WordStar (3.1 through 7.0) and some files in Wordstar for Windows. Where can I, please help me, find filters for Word 97 (WIN 95, OSR 2. I seemed to misplaced the programs and my search through MS web site was an exercise in futility. Thank you, Nick
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Hi Nick: Most of the converters came on the Office 97 or Office Pro 97 cd rom disk, although additional converters have been included with the Office 97/Office Pro 97 Service Release 1 downloadable update. (If you haven't downloaded SR1, this should help you immensely, however download the file into a clean temporary directory -no other files in it and make sure it's on the same drive as Office- when your ready to install it, use your "Ctrl"  "Alt"  and  "Del" keys and open the close programs dialogue box and close all programs except for Systray and Explorer, then perform the update. This will cause windows to release files in use and allow them to be updated).

Here's the file converter history for you.

Word Version 97 from the Word 97 CD-ROM
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   File name      Date       Size     File format description
   ------------------------------------------------------------------------
   (OFFICE Folder)
   IFILTER.CNV    12/9/96    45kb     Microsoft Office IFilter to RTF
                                      Converter
   WWPAB.CNV      12/9/96    40kb     Address Book Converter
 
   (OS\MSAPPS\TEXTCONV Folder)
   EXCEL32.CNV    12/9/96    133kb    Excel Worksheet Converter
   HTML32.CNV     12/9/96    369kb    Microsoft HTML Converter
   LOTUS32.CNV    12/9/96    107kb    Lotus 1-2-3 Converter
   MACWRD32.CNV   12/9/96    177kb    Word 4.x-5.x for Macintosh Converter
   MSWRD632.CNV   12/9/96    133kb    Word 6.0/95 Converter
   MSWRD832.CNV   12/9/96    253kb    Word 97 Converter (not used by Word
                                      97)
   RECOVR32.CNV   12/9/96    38kb     Recover Text Converter
   TXTLYT32.CNV   12/9/96    185kb    Text with Layout Converter
   WNWRD232.CNV   12/9/96    180kb    Word 2.x for Windows Converter
   WORKS332.CNV   12/9/96    116kb    Works for Windows 3.0 Converter
   WORKS432.CNV   12/9/96    254kb    Works 4.0 Converter
   WPFT532.CNV    12/9/96    333kb    WordPerfect 5.x Converter
   WPFT632.CNV    12/9/96    247kb    WordPerfect 6.x Converter
   WRD6EX32.CNV   12/9/96    19kb     Word 6.0/95 Export Converter
 
   (VALUPACK\WRD97CNV Folder)
   WRD97CNV.EXE   12/9/96    953kb    Word 97 Converter Setup for Word
                                      6.0/95
 
Supplemental File Converters (Word Version 97 Release)
------------------------------------------------------
   File name      Date       Size     File format description
   ------------------------------------------------------------------------
   AMI332.CNV                238kb    Ami Pro 3.0 Converter - 32
   DOSWRD32.CNV              209kb    Word for MS-DOS Converter
   RFTDCA32.CNV              163kb    RFT-DCA Converter
   WRDSTR32.CNV              268kb    WordStar converter for Microsoft
   WRITE32.CNV               76kb     Windows Write Converter
 
   (downloaded from the Microsoft Web site as WD6EX32.EXE)
   WRD6EX32.CNV     ?/?/??   ???kb    Word 6/95 compressed RTF export.
                                      (Replaced WRD6EX32.CNV that shipped
                                      with Word 97. Compressed graphics
                                      into binary format. No longer
                                      available.)
 
   (downloaded from the Microsoft Web site as WD6EX32.EXE)
   WRD6EX32.CNV     6/4/97   1024kb   Word 6/95 binary export.
                                      (Replaced WRD6EX32.CNV that shipped
                                      with Word 97.
 
Word Version 97 from the Word 97 CD-ROM Service Release 1
---------------------------------------------------------
File name      Date       Size     File format description
------------------------------------------------------------------------
(OFFICE Folder)
IFILTER.CNV    12/9/96    45kb     Microsoft Office IFilter to RTF
                                   Converter
WWPAB.CNV      12/9/96    40kb     Address Book Converter
 
(OS\MSAPPS\TEXTCONV Folder)
EXCEL32.CNV    7/2/97     133kb    Excel Worksheet Converter
HTML32.CNV     7/2/97     374kb    Microsoft HTML Converter
LOTUS32.CNV    7/2/97     107kb    Lotus 1-2-3 Converter
MACWRD32.CNV   7/2/97     177kb    Word 4.x-5.x for Macintosh Converter
MSWRD632.CNV   7/2/97     133kb    Word 6.0/95 Converter
MSWRD832.CNV   7/2/97     253kb    Word 97 Converter (not used by Word
                                   97)
RECOVR32.CNV   7/2/97     38kb     Recover Text Converter
TXTLYT32.CNV   7/2/97     185kb    Text with Layout Converter
WNWRD232.CNV   7/2/97     180kb    Word 2.x for Windows Converter
WORKS332.CNV   7/2/97     116kb    Works for Windows 3.0 Converter
WORKS432.CNV   7/2/97     254kb    Works 4.0 Converter
WPFT532.CNV    7/2/97     333kb    WordPerfect 5.x Converter
WPFT632.CNV    7/2/97     247kb    WordPerfect 6.x Converter
WRD6EX32.CNV   7/2/97     1024kb   Word 6.0/95 Binary Export Converter
WRD6ER32.CNV   7/2/97     19kb     Word 6.0/95 RTF Export Converter
                                   (same file as the WRD6EX32.CNV that
                                   shipped with original version of Word
                                   97.)
 
(VALUPACK\WRD97CNV Folder)
WRD97CNV.EXE   12/9/96    953kb    Word 97 Converter Setup for Word
                                   6.0/95
 
Supplemental File Converters (Word Version 97 Release)
------------------------------------------------------
File name      Date       Size     File format description
------------------------------------------------------------------------
AMI332.CNV                238kb    Ami Pro 3.0 Converter - 32
DOSWRD32.CNV              209kb    Word for MS-DOS Converter
RFTDCA32.CNV              163kb    RFT-DCA Converter
WRDSTR32.CNV              268kb    WordStar converter for Microsoft
WRITE32.CNV               76kb     Windows Write Converter
 
(downloaded from the Microsoft Web site as WD6EX32.EXE)
WRD6EX32.CNV     6/4/97   1024kb   Word 6/95 binary export.
                                   (Same as what ships with 97 SR1).
 
MORE INFORMATION
================
 
 - In some early versions of Word, menu options for some formats
   erroneously do not list all supported versions. For example, in Word
   versions 1.0, 1.1, and 1.1a, the WordStar converter only lists support
   for WordStar 3.3, 3.45, and 4.0 when in fact the converter also
   officially supports versions 5.0 and 5.5, and is unofficially capable of
   reading WordStar 6.0 and 7.0 files.
 
 - Some converters are capable of reading information from versions or
   sources of a foreign file format other than those listed in the List
   Files Of Type box in the File Open dialog box:
 
 - All versions of FoxBASE+ for MS-DOS and for the Macintosh, as well as
   FoxPro 2.0 for MS-DOS and FoxPro 2.5 for MS-DOS and Windows, use the
   dBASE III+/IV file format as their internal file format. Therefore,
   although we do not specifically list a FoxBASE+ or FoxPro File Open
   option in Word, these files can be opened as dBASE files in Word
   versions prior to Word 6.0.
 
   The only change to the dBASE converter in Word version 2.0b was a
   correction to a problem with the converter not recognizing FoxPro 2.0
   database files that contain memo fields.
 
   In Word 6.0 and later, the dBASE converter has been discontinued, and
   it's functionality has been replaced by use of ODBC to import data from
   FoxBase, FoxPro, dBASE and other database formats.
 
 - The Works 2.0 for MS-DOS converter can read Works version 3.0 for MS-DOS
   word processing files; it will ignore formatting features newly
   introduced in Works version 3.0 for MS-DOS.
 
 - A Works 3.0 for Windows converter was first introduced as part of the
   Word 6.0a Supplemental File Conversions Disks.
 
 - The WordPerfect 5.x converter can read data from WordPerfect versions
   5.0, 5.1, and 5.1 Plus for MS-DOS, as well as from WordPerfect 5.1 and
   5.2 for Windows documents.
 
 - Some files in the Word 2.0a-CD for Windows release have different file
   dates because the supplemental converters were included in the
   WORD\SUPPCONV directory on the CD-ROM and were not file-date synched
   when the CD-ROM was built.

Most of these files should be at the Microsoft/Office download site, and those that aren't will be at ftp://ftp/microsoft.com. You can use the above file descrptions to identify those that you need. You may have to do some wrangling to convert real old dos or wordstar files from early dos version, however converting them first to ascii text and then to office 97 should work.
Dennis
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Thank you very much, this is an excellent piece of work.

Nick
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Your welcome Nick! Thank you for the compliment!
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I would like to report on my results. The WordStar has actually two converters: for versions 1.0 & 1.1 (old CP/M?) and versions 3.3 through 7.0. Works like a charm, comes up almost in original formating, except for selected fonts (Courier 10). I am very pleased with it, the only thing they don't have is WS for Windows, which is not a big deal, I can eventually install it back if I need it for those few files I wrote with it.

Thanks again, you made my day with your help.

Nick
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Thanks for letting me know Nick!
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