Prompt to open file read-only or edit mode

We have SharePoint WSS 3.0 and MS Office 2003.

In SharePoint WSS 3.0 I have a Document Library with Adobe PDF files in it.

When I click on a document in a document library (just click on it, not right click or select from the drop down box options), it prompts me with the following:

you are about to open:
   Name: filename
   From: location

"How would you like to open this file?"
     read-only
     edit

I am the only one who gets this message.  For all other users, the file opens in edit mode automatically.

In researching I found I get the message because I have Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 installed on my PC and no one else has this (see http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/MS-SharePoint/Q_22634923.html).

Research sugges once you install (locally) any Office 2007 application or component (either suite, Project, Visio, or ...), you'll receive this dialog box.

My question is this.  We aren't upgrading to MS Office 2007 any time soon.  Can anyone suggest a free Office 2007 application or component that I can install on all my PCs so the message pops up for everyone?

Thank you in advance!
Senniger1Asked:
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Shailaja KumarConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can download SharePoint Designer and install which will cause the documents to prompt for read only or edit mode. The download link is, http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=BAA3AD86-BFC1-4BD4-9812-D9E710D44F42&displaylang=en
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Richard DanekeTrainerCommented:
SWAG:  Download a 2007 file viewer:  Like excel, work, or powerpoint.  It will bring some common files and may do the trick.   My current setup won't let me try this first.
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Senniger1Author Commented:
I had already tried the FileFormatConverters.exe (Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats) before contacting Experts Exchange.

I tried the following, but none worked...
Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 Client
Excel 2007 viewer
Word 2007 viewer
PowerPoint 2007 viewer

I tried a Demo of OneNote 2007.  This worked, but I can't install a 60 demo on all my PCs.
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Senniger1Author Commented:
Hello,
I still really need help on this questions.  Can anyone help me.
Thanks in advance.
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WGMITCommented:
Are you actually wanting all users to open in read only mode, or to have the option? If you want them opening it in read only mode I would look at the file / share permissions & set that to read only.

Other than that, good luck!!
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Senniger1Author Commented:
I want them to have the popup for that, however, 99% of the time they will edit the document.  
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Senniger1Author Commented:
Exactly what I needed.  Thank you so much!
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