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MS Word 2010 can't open old word documents

I need to open MS word documents that I last saved in 1994 through (using the most current version of word at the time). I get a message to the effect that I am trying to open Word 97 documents and that I need to open the trust center and edit file blocking settings, so I did so and allowed word to open and edit all file types (I know this isn't recommended). Of course this is incorrect since I could not have used Word 97 at the time. I still get the error message. Is it possible to open these documents or at the very least convert them to something I can open and edit?

FWIW I get the same error on word files saved through at least 2001. I don't get it for files last saved in 2002.
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Try opening them in Wordpad and saving them as .rtf files. Word 2010 should be quite happy with those, and you can then save them as .doc or .docx documents.
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Sorry I should have added that I tried Wordpad and Notepad and no dice. Here's the oldest file.
Courses.doc
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Method 2 works, thanks!
I opend the file in Word 2010 with no problem. You must have some other problem. Here are MY Trust center settings:User generated image