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Unable to Open OLD Word File

Posted on 2010-11-23
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I have a few hundred ancient word files (Word 2 or before). Cant open them.
I'm running office 2010 and when i open it i get a message that the file I'm attempting to open has been blocked by the trust center.
I change the settings in the trust center and i still get the error.
Tried it on multiple computers with the same outcome.
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Question by:stephen15c
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by:Kimmyel
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This solution should work for you.

Regards
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by:houssam_ballout
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Did you try to opening Word safe mode?
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by:sabk
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Disable the restriction on opening documents of certain types Word 2010
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922849
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by:shahzamm
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even kb922850 did not work? In office 2007 it worked for us
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by:MickyJW
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Under the Trust Center, under Trusted Locations, try adding the location of where your opening your file from and see if that makes a difference.
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by:dbrunton
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Well there is Word 5.5 http://download.microsoft.com/download/word97win/Wd55_be/97/WIN98/EN-US/Wd55_ben.exe you could try to open them up with.
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by:ComputerBeast
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MS Word 2010 does not support documents created using

    * Microsoft Word for Windows 1.x
    * Microsoft Word for Windows 2.x
    * Microsoft Word for the Macintosh 4.x
    * Microsoft Word for the Macintosh 5.x
    * Microsoft Word 6.0 Binary Documents and Templates
    * Microsoft Word 95 Binary Documents and Templates  

these versions. You have use Word Recovery tool for creating Word files that Word 2010 supports. That tool will change files in Word 2010 supported file and then you will be able to open them. http://www.nucleustechnologies.com/Word-Document-Repair-Software.php
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by:stephen15c
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Downloaded the app, installed, ran it on my files, said it repaired misc problems. Files still would not open.
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by:dbrunton
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Did you try the Word 5.5 link I supplied?
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by:sabk
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did u try my suggested link.. ?
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Tired all the suggestions.
Looks like the solution is going to be finding these files one by one, and when i do, opening them with an old computer i have here with word 97 on it and converting them one by one.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
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by:stephen15c
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Was hoping not to do it the hard way, but it seems thats the only way to do it!
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by:colin_thames
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I thought I was stuck but it was only when I saw the link provided by kimmyel that I realized you have to UNCHECK the boxes against Word 2.0 in Word's Trust Center.  This is the most unintuitive interface I've ever come across!  

If I see a checkbox under a heading of 'Open' I would normally expect it to mean, 'yes, you can open this type of file'.  Instead, you have to UNCHECK the box in order to be able to open it.

Had me fooled, and I'd missed this in the Microsoft article too, but thanks to that itechtalk article it's clearer than the Microsoft article.

Thanks Guys
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