Cannot open Word 2.0 Doc with Office 2013

Posted on 2013-06-09
Last Modified: 2013-09-12
Dear experts,
I canno topen old word 2.0 documents with Office 2013, altough I've enabled the loading of old word documents in the Trust center.
Any help is very appreciated.
Many thanks
Question by:mruff
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You are using Word 2013 or Word 2010, and you try to open a file that was saved in one of the following earlier Word formats. (Word 2013 and Word 2010 do not support documents that were saved in the following Word formats.)

    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

See solution here:

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Thank you
I've found this article too, downloaded the packages, but I do not have any clue how to deal with them. I also do neither have the time or the interest to dive in depth into the ms security concept. I just want to have AN EASY one click solution being able opening MS 2.0 documents with office 2013.
It cannot be, that it is so complicated, that I have to be either a security or MS Office expert to be able to open ms 2.0 word documents
Thank you for a SIMPLE STEP by STEP solution.
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Unfortunately there is not SIMPLE STEP by STEP solution.

Since Word 2.0 is no longer supported by Microsoft there is no guarantee that Word 2010/2013 will open a Word 2.0 file. Also Word 2.0 has not had any security updates since it is no longer supports. A Word 2.0 file could easily contain a Macro Virus. That is why Microsoft  considers it  a security rick to open them with Word 2010/2013.

 Whenever possible I store all my word processing documents in RTF format. I have yet to have a compatibility issue.

On my Windows 7 Pro PC I set up  XP mode  with Office 97 and 2000 installed. J just to read old files and convert them to a newer format.

  I don't know if OpenOffice will read the Word 2.0 format. It is free. Might be worth a shot for a simple solution.
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terencino earned 500 total points
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mruff did you get the solution you wanted? You don't need to be a security expert to open Word 2 documents in Word 2013 at least
Fix for Word 2

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Dear Terencino,
Thank you. I already tried this, please see the attachment to my initial post:
Thats the reason I have posted at all, since it is not working with those seetings as it is supposed so work
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Yes it is counter-intuitive --- it says you need to clear (uncheck those boxes). Can you try that and see if any difference?

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