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I need help converting a .docx (Office 2007) file to a .doc

Posted on 2007-03-22
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I need help converting a Docx file that was created in Office 2007 beta. I'm currently using Office 2003. I've downloaded and installed tghe MS Comnpatability Pack, but it does not work.  HELP!
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by:michko
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This download says it will:
http://docx-converter.com/widget/

Here's an article that gives a page where you can upload the file and have this done:
http://www.lockergnome.com/nexus/it/2007/02/23/convert-docx-files-to-doc-and-pptx-files-to-ppt/

I've also heard of people having success by installing OpenOffice (www.OpenOffice.org), opening the document and saving it in an earlier format that is compatible with earlier versions of Word.
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by:mapalaska2003
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Thanks Michko--No luck with Open Office. The converter does not work, as the docx file was created with a pre-release beta version of Office 2007 Pro. What I realy need is to hook up with someone who has a full version or Office/Word 2007 to convert it for me.
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by:michko
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Was checking on my docx files from the pre-release version of Office I had.  Tried to open docx file and got message asking if I wanted to look for a newer version of the Office Compatability Pack.  This link will download MS's converter:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=941B3470-3AE9-4AEE-8F43-C6BB74CD1466&displaylang=en

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by:mapalaska2003
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Thanks Michko, but I have already downloaded and tried this converter too. Still get the same error as you (...look for a newer version of the Office Compatability Pack). I don 't understand why it's not wortking.
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by:michko
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Lol at me, I posted the link before finishing the download/install myself.  And guess what?  After installing the (not)Compatibility Pack I still get the same error.  
Right now I've posted this issue on MS's tech site and we'll see what kind of answer I get.
I'll post back as soon as I hear something.
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by:michko
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mapalaska2003

I'm not at work today, so can't check it out right now, but this is the answer I received from MS tech discussion on this issue:

Determing which Office 2007 beta version generated files that are reusable without opening the .docx (zip) files, for example and
manually modifying them can get a bit complicated.

Generally (especially for Word) documents created in Word 2007 Beta 2 with Technical Refresh Update (expiring at the end of March)
can be opened with the compatibility pack or with Word 2007 release edition. Documents created in earlier betas may not work.  The
chart in this article and the registry settings *may* help with trying to use the pre-release files.  Basically the error message
isn't always correct :)

 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926054/en-us?FR=1


I'll give this a try on Monday, but figured you may be able to try it with yours when you get a chance.

michko
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by:michko
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Well, not an answer you want, but here goes:
Whether or not the conversion tool works apparently depends entirely upon what version of the Office 2007 beta was installed.  If the converter won't work, you will have to have someone with Word 2007 open the file, then save it in Word XP/2003/whatever format.

Here is a suggestion, although it's a lot of work:
If you really need to convert it and the website doesn't work you can
rename the file as <filename>.zip, then open the file and open the
folder called word. Inside there will be an XML file called Document.
Open it. An Internet explorer window should come up with the file, and
every 5 or so lines there should be text, the text in the document,
copy it into another document (ex. word 2003, wordpad), the only bad
part is it will be broken up, so it is a bit tedious, like I said, if
it's critical.

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Well, I worked with poster and gave him a valid answer (can't do it due to version of beta installed).  Although this was probably not the answer poster wanted, it was still correct.  I also provided a work around.  My opinion - question should be closed, crediting me with the solution.  
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