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FILE OPENED BUT SHOWS AS LOOKING CORRUPTED

At first I uninstalled Office 2003 and tried to install office 2010, but as not having sp3 i had to cancel.  I then re-installed office 2003 and it did not put back the original office 2003 .doc format.  so i right clicked a file, properties but (W) representing office 2003 was not shown in list so i browsed to MS Office folder and located something called WINWORD, but on opening the file its shows everything as a load of characters.

Im aware of the file convertor but dont think it is needed in my case, but how do i reverse this as it has changed all files on my pc to this crap but i only opened up 2.

can anyone advise??
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NikCommented:
Did you get any other error while opening the file.
I doubt that your files are corrupted or changed. I would try to reinstall Office 2003 again.
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mikey250Author Commented:
i rebooted pc and did system restore and on opening a file it asked for office 2003 disc again due to significant changes so i did this and it appears to have worked as I can now open my files.
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NikCommented:
Strange that you had to do a system restore, but I'm glad it's working now.
Cheers.
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mikey250Author Commented:
i was advised that all i had to do was change .doc to .docx or xls to xls.x, but this is what got me in this mess which is now resolved.  should i change .doc to .doc.x before uninstalling office 2003 and re-installing office 2010, is this is what is meant to happen?
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NikCommented:
You had all of the files created in Office 2003 and once you've installed Office 2010, your files were not automatically converted to the new Office file format. So, I don't think you would achieve anything with this action.
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mikey250Author Commented:
ok so if i download this file converter do i first install this then remove office 2003 and then install office 2010 in order to access by types or the old get converted to the new office 2010 .docx or xls.x ?
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NikCommented:
What converter are you referring to?
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mikey250Author Commented:
I havent tried it yet but going to but what i was told before didnt appear to work so i may have mis-interpreted advice!

Clarifying:

MS office 2003 does not recognize the default format of office 2007 or office 2010. (the extension has an x at the end, ie - .docx, .pptx, .xlsx, etc.)

To open them without installing a new version of office, either save as .doc format, or install the CONVERTER from microsoft on the pc with office 2003 and it will recognize the files.

If you already uninstalled office 2003, you can install office 2010 and the files will automatically be recognized.

ALSO

Yes, the compatibility pack allows 2003 to read 2007 / 2010 files with the .docx, pptx, or xlsx extension.

Note that Excel 2003 still can not exceed the 60k row limit, but as long as the spreadsheet are enourmous thats not really a problem.

You can download the pack free from MS here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en

Or just save the files in 2010 to the regular .DOC / XLS format.
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NikCommented:
OK, for your question.
First, install the Office 2003 and after that install the compatibility pack to be able to open the new office file extensions.
Once you open those files, you'll be able to save them as .doc; .xls etc.
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mikey250Author Commented:
its office 2003 i wish to remove and install office 2010, so presumably thats what you mean.
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NikCommented:
If you remove Office 2003 and install Office 2010 then you don't need any kind of compatibility pack.
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mikey250Author Commented:
i only ever had office 2003 on one of my pc's but as I have a laptop that uses office 2010 I wish to save office 2010 files to my external hard drive, that happens to be plugged into my standalone pc that has office 2003 on it, which i have now removed.

so one ive installed office 2010 on my standalone pc and used the file converter this should then apparently change my previously created office 2003 to be able to be read with my new office 2010.  This in essense is what i wanted.
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mikey250Author Commented:
hi my internet has had an intermitant connection although it should be ok now so im going through my threads to allocate points accordingly.
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mikey250Author Commented:
although it was advised that removing office 2003 then installing offic 2010 would not cause any issues and allow me to still open documents.  Was not the case in my situation although it maybe on first down to the process that i first followed.

- uninstalled office 2003
- attempted to install office 2010
it stated that due to not having sp3 it would not install.
- cancelling office 2010
- re-installed office 2003 but could not open original documents etc.
- continued to install sp3
- installed file converter
- successfully able to open documents
currently left office 2003 installed as can also read office 2010 aswell.
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