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Hello all

My problem is when we try and open certain word documents we get the following message

"You are attempting to open a file that was created in an earlier version of Microsoft Office. The file type is blocked from opening in this version by your registry policy settings"

These files seem to have been created in 1996 so they use a previous version of Word (95). Is there any way of opening these files in word 2003 at all?

I have offered full points as this is pretty urgent

thanks all
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by:ChrisN131
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Its a policy setting it needs to be changed
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To open files that are blocked by the registry, you can disable the restriction on opening presentations that were blocked by the registry settings of Word. To do this, use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Use a trusted location, or create an exempt location
To do this, follow these steps, as appropriate for the version of Word that you are running:
In Word 2003, there are no trusted locations. You can create an exempt location to override the registry policy settings. To create an exempt location, follow these steps:

   1. Exit Word 2003.
   2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
   3. Locate and then click one of the following registry subkeys:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common
   4. Point to New on the Edit menu, and then click Key.
   5. Type OICEExemptions for the name of the key.
   6. Point to New on the Edit menu, and then click String Value.
   7. Type a string name, and then press ENTER. For example, type ExemptDirectory.
   8. Right-click the string name that you typed in step 7, and then click Modify.
   9. In the Value data box, type the path of the directory that contains the file, and then click OK. For example, if your document is in the C:\My Documents folder, type C:\My Documents in the Value data box.

      Note You must create the folder. Any subfolders are not automatically exempted. For any additional folders that you would like to make exempt, repeat steps 6 to 9 by creating string values such as "ExemptDirectory1," and "ExemptDirectory2."
  10. On the File menu, click Exit to exit Registry Editor.





DO YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE REG?
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Download the appropriate files from the Microsoft Download Center. To do this, click one or more of the following links:

    * To re-enable Word file types only, save the following file to a folder on the computer:
      http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/UnblockWord.reg

   1.
          * Note To change the settings for the CDR file type, you must be logged on as an administrator. If you are using a Windows Vista-based computer, you must be running with an elevated application. By default, regedit will prompt for elevation when it runs the .reg files. This behavior occurs because the filters that are used to import some older image formats such as CorelDraw CDR files are registered in the machine-wide settings, not in the per-user settings.
   2. Double-click the file that you saved in step 1.
   3. Click Yes to confirm the installation of the file.
   4. If an Office program is running, restart the Office program.

After you install the update, the registry settings will be updated to allow you to open and to save all file types that are supported by Microsoft Office 2003. These file types include the file types that are blocked by default in Office 2003 SP3. The parsing code that is used to open and to save the file types is less secure. We recommend that you install these updates only if you need to work with the file types regularly.

Microsoft has also created a set of updates that will restore your registry settings to the settings as installed by Office 2003 SP3. To install the updates, follow these steps:

   1. Download the appropriate files from the Microsoft Download Center. To do this, click one or more of the following links:
          * To restore the blocked Word file types only, save the following file to a folder on the computer:
            http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/8/B/28B644CE-9A30-4D99-AFEF-830A4FB5B839/RestoreBlockingWord.reg

   2. Double-click the file that you saved in step 1.
   3. Click Yes to confirm the installation of the file.
   4. If an Office program is running, restart the Office program.

Note After you install the update, the registry settings will be updated to the settings as installed by Office 2003 SP3. Additionally, you will no longer be able to open or to save the file types that are blocked by default in Office 2003 SP3.
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Thanks mate. Great stuff
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