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Stand alone viewer for DTS packages

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I have SQL Server 2008 and 2012 on my box at work.  We're trying to upgrade one of our SQL Server 2000 suite of databases to 2012.  I have been asked to document various DTS packages.  I do not need to change them, just look at them.  I'm running Windows 7 and there is a SQL Server 205 DTS designer from Microsoft, along with a backward compatibility iinstall which if I understand things correctly, will allow me to look at DTS packages in SQL Server 2008 Studio Manager.  But the backward compatibility won't install on Windows 7.  My question is this.  Is there a stand alone DTS viewer?  As I don't need to execute or modify them, I just want to see them.  DBAs have exported DTS packages to DTS files with the .dts extension so I want to open up those files and have a look.  I don't have access to msdb so it looks like I am stuck with the .dts files.
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Yes.  I don't have access to the DTS packages in the database proper.  My only avenue to viewing the packages is through the exported dts files as I don't need to edit them.  If I try to open the dts file (file | open) I get the message that there is no editor installed.  Would the solution you pointed to fix this?  It seems geared toward the object explorer in management studio.  Thanks.
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It is a response on 'won t install on w7'
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Actually I should have said it is probably the fact that I'm running 64 bit Windows 7.  I seem to remember SQL Server 2008 setup features having some 32 bit stuff involved but I think it is a 64 bit issue not a Windows 7 issue.
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There is no problem viewing (and running) DTS packages that are stored in msdb on SQL Server 2008 (or SQL Server 2008 R2 for that matter), regardless of whether you are using Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit.
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I eventually solved the problem.  It had to do with making sure the path settings were right and copying the RLL files into a directory that did not exist but which Management Studio 2008 was looking for.  Once I created the desired foler and put the RLL files there it worked.
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Yep.  That is correct.  

And thanks for the outstanding grade, I am definitely going to keep your name in mind, next time you post a question.
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