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Recently replaced a few computers where users were using Office 2000 in one case & Office 2003 in another. Both are now using Office 2013 & both have quite a few .doc files that need to be .docx for 'ease of use', for lack of a better term! I've seen questions here referring to VBS scripts or the MigrationPlanningManager, but really don't understand working with vbs scripts. These docs aren't all in one folder. In one case they are on a server, but in many sub directories & in the other, on one computer shared out in a workgroup. Is there a vbs for dummies, or an easy way to do this?
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by:Zac Harris
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Microsoft actually has a bulk conversion utility that will convert files in a single folder, many folders, a single server, or many servers. Here is a link to the article about the utlity: Link to Article

The article tells you to download some utlities, definitely do. When I used this utility it didn't work when I decided to "do it my own way" haha

hth
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by:gromack
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A couple of questions, can I just replace them in their current directory? How can I get it to scan sub directories?
I'm assuming (uh-oh...) it will only affect any word docs in the process? Not jack up any excel, pdf, jpg or anything else it may encounter along the way?
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by:Zac Harris
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Yes, this will only affect Word files. Good of you to ask, Microsoft tends to mess things up like that lol.

You can put the source and destination filepath as the same thing without issue as Windows will see the files as two different files because the extensions are different (.doc and .docx)
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by:gromack
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So will I wind uo with a folder full of doc & docx files?
Based on that article, here's my ini file I modified & it doesn't appear to be doing anything.
What am I missing, other than understanding of writing scripts?

[Run]
;LogDestinationPath=C:\docxtest\
;TimeOut = 3
 
[ConversionOptions]
; FullUpgradeOnOpen: if set to 1, Word documents will be fully converted to the OpenXML format
;                    if set to 0 (default), Word documents will be saved in the OpenXML format in compatibility mode
FullUpgradeOnOpen=0
 
CABLogs=0
 
MacroControl=0
 
[FoldersToConvert]
fldr=C:\docxtest\
 
[ConversionInfo]
SourcePathTemplate=*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\
DestinationPathTemplate=C:\docxtest\
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by:Zac Harris
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Ok, it took some digging but I think I figured out your issue.

With newer versions of windows, the C:\ drive is more protected. Since Microsoft wrote this conversion utility with crappy error handling (surprise, surprise) the utility doesn't tell you that it can't write to the root of the C:\ drive.

I moved the test folder to the desktop and BAM! it worked perfectly. Try that and let me know what happens.
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by:gromack
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The ; at the beginning of the line comments it out (that's the correct term, right?)
I don't care about logs, etc., but I'm running this, a command prompt window flashes briefly & docs seem to be unchanged. The folder has a dozen or so word 2000 & word 2003 docs. When I open one, it comes up in compatibility mode. I have found that I can go to file>convert & it saves the doc, replacing the original one, which I'm thinking is going to be what I tell users to do, haha!
I do appreciate your help & patience, though!
Where am I going wrong with this ini file?

[Run]
;LogDestinationPath=C:\Users\Mikey\Desktop\convert\
;TimeOut = 3
 
[ConversionOptions]
; FullUpgradeOnOpen: if set to 1, Word documents will be fully converted to the OpenXML format
;                    if set to 0 (default), Word documents will be saved in the OpenXML format in compatibility mode
FullUpgradeOnOpen=1
 
CABLogs=0
 
MacroControl=0
 
[FoldersToConvert]
fldr=C:\Users\Mikey\Desktop\convert
 
[ConversionInfo]
SourcePathTemplate=*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\
DestinationPathTemplate=C:\Users\Mikey\Desktop\convert
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by:gromack
ID: 40029938
One other oddity I've experienced is at one location docs are all on a server.
One user (Vista, Office 2007)_ can open a doc & it opens, displays, etc., just fine.
Another user (one with the recently replaced XP, Office 2007, now Win7, Office 2013) can open the same doc & it comes up in compatibility mode?
What's up wit dat?
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Zac Harris earned 2000 total points
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You are correct, the ; comments out the line of code.

The utility is actually meant to be run from a command prompt instead of the folder level (another thing they don't make clear, thanks microsoft).

The easiest way to do this is to find the folder you have the utility in and press the shift key and right-click, there will be an option to "open command window here". From there you just type ofc.exe. (ex. C:\Users\username\Desktop\foldername\ofc.exe  ) Then press enter. You should see a much more understandable readout of what is going on.

I would delete all of the new files that have been created thus far and redo them. using the method above. This may also resolve your latest comment as well.

See if this helps you any and let me know.
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