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Power Point Cannot open in 2010

Have a ppt powerpoint that was created in 2010.
User grabbed an older powerpoint created in 2003 most likely to use the master slides or something. So they added about 70slides and saved it all the time in 2010.

when you try to open it with 2010 = says corrupt, tries to repair and failes.

I just reinstalled 2003 and it open without issue. Any ideas to get this fixed?
Would really appreciate it.

Thanks - SJMP
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bigg_oilCommented:
are the slides saved locally or saved to a server there appears to be a linking issue with the location of the files/slides
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Brian GeeCommented:
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Brian GeeCommented:
N/M above comment... sorry.
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sparkisAuthor Commented:
Doesnt matter they were saved on a file server.

I saved it locally cannot open in 2010. I copied same file to another server w./ office 2003 installed and I can open the file. But user only has 2010 - weird thing is they did the work in 2010 just saved it as .ppt which is what it was originally.

I need to figure this out.
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Echo_SCommented:
Hard to say what it is that PPT 2010 is seeing that it doesn't like, but if you can open the file in 2003, try round-tripping it through HTML to weed out the woolies.

To do this, open the file in 2003 and choose File | Save As. In the Save as Type dropdown, choose webpage-HTML (not MHT or MHTML). PPT will save an HTML file and a folder full of supporting files.

Then close the file.

Now choose File | Open and navigate to the HTML page you just saved. Select it and click Open.

Now choose File | Save As and choose to save as PPT Presentation. (Just save as presentation. Do NOT save as 97-2003 & 95 presentation.)

Hopefully this file will now open properly in 2010.
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sparkisAuthor Commented:
I ended up installing 2003 and upgrading to SP3. Then opened and changed it to .pptx. Now the file can be accessed and used in 2010.

But MS is telling me I should not have changed the ext. So I am confused. I did not try your solution Echo - but will award you the pts. for the suggestion.

Thanks,

SJMP
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Echo_SCommented:
Well, thanks for the points, but I think round-tripping it through HTML might eliminate the problem.

PPT 2010 is pickier about some objects than earlier versions of PPT -- I think it's a "security" thing (which I enclose in quotation marks because I think that's BS -- but I digress. :-) ). Anyway, this causes 2010 to sometimes flag certain content as corrupt when it really isn't.

Interesting that saving as PPTX seems to help. I'm curious as to why (and how!) MS is telling you you shouldn't have changed the extension? If you just changed the file extension in Windows Explorer, then I could see that not being a good idea. But if you opened the file and did a Save As PPTX (which is what I think you described), then I don't see th problem.
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sparkisAuthor Commented:
the ext change was done by the latter - I let 2003 convert it, did not change directly from explorer. tried that before coming here. the conversion worked.

What I am stuck on is what do I tell my users. 95% of all powerpoint is still .ppt. we are moved over to office2010 - do I tell them to convert whatever the open to pptx? Will that cause more problems.

not sure what to do on that front.
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Echo_SCommented:
If 2003 users have the compatibility pack installed, then they can open PPTX files. And if PPT 2010 likes the files when they are PPTX format, then I'd save them as PPTX and be done with it.

I don't think you'll run into any more issues with PPTX than you will with PPT. Working in a mixed 2003 and 2007 or 2010 environment is difficult at best, no matter which way you go. But especially if your users are working in 2007 and/or 2010, why would you want to keep the files PPT format?
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sparkisAuthor Commented:
I dont MS said I should. But that makes no sense since all templates, master slides are coming from ppt.

I did not have the compatibility pack installed just SP3 (maybe included) and then saved ppt to pptx. user said all is good.

I was going to send out an email to tell the users if they are in PP and doing work, make sure they save as pptx and be done with it. but MS started saying that this will cause issues.

Unreal.
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Echo_SCommented:
What do you mean, "MS said I should"? (I asked that earllier: " I'm curious as to why (and how!) MS is telling you you shouldn't have changed the extension?")

If you can save as PPTX from 2003, then you have the compat pack.
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sparkisAuthor Commented:
I used my fix to solve the problem, but Echo had another solution as well
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