Windows 10: How do I make old MS Works files compatible w/Win 10? Solved

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  1.    28 Feb 2017 #11

    I'm afraid to download anything else. I even uninstalled OfficeLibre, but I guess all my files are now LibreOffice format. I know the icon looks different. What can I do?
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       28 Feb 2017 #12

    I frequently install the free LibreOffice 4 for my older clients that still have Works files [mostly recipes], very compatible. OpenOffice appears to have dropped support for Works formats. Also, Works 9 is quite usable on Win10, have it on some of my 32-bit and 64-bit computers.
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       28 Feb 2017 #13

    Fred22 said: View Post
    I even uninstalled OfficeLibre, but I guess all my files are now LibreOffice format. I know the icon looks different. What can I do?
    It sounds like you just deleted Office Libre, uninstalling should have removed its file associations and changed the icon back. You can set the file associations to whatever you want (and the icon will change to suit).
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  4.    28 Feb 2017 #14

    Berton said: View Post
    I frequently install the free LibreOffice 4 for my older clients that still have Works files [mostly recipes], very compatible. OpenOffice appears to have dropped support for Works formats. Also, Works 9 is quite usable on Win10, have it on some of my 32-bit and 64-bit computers.
    Well, as I said, I tried OfficeLibre and it converted my files (not many on my desktop PC, thank God), but I need to get them back to their O.O. (.odt) format. Is there anyway I can do this now? BTW, Office 365 came installed on the desktop and it looked like it was opening the files, but I'd have to buy it or try for, I think, 30 days. I'll do this if I must, but I'd really like to have both my computers running the same word processor.
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  5.    28 Feb 2017 #15

    Supported Operating System
    Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP


      • Supported Office Versions: Office 2003 Service Pack 2 or greater; Office 2007
        Office 2003 Service Pack 3
      • Supported Windows Installer Version: Windows Installer 3.1 or greater
        Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista have this minimum required version of the Windows Installer.
        Windows Installer 3.1 is also available as a separate download at the following location:
        Windows Installer 3.1 Redistributable


    This is what I got when I tried to download MS Works 6-9.
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       28 Feb 2017 #16

    Fred22 said: View Post
    ...it converted my files (not many on my desktop PC, thank God), but I need to get them back to their O.O. (.odt) format...
    It won't have changed the format of the files, what it has changed is the file associations (the name of the app that's used to open the file). To change the file association back right-click on one of the .odt files and select 'Open with...' then you can choose your Open Office app and tick the 'always use this app' box. It's Option Two in this Tutorial.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...a.html#option2
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  7.    28 Feb 2017 #17

    Bree said: View Post
    It won't have changed the format of the files, what it has changed is the file associations (the name of the app that's used to open the file). To change the file association back right-click on one of the .odt files and select 'Open with...' then you can choose your Open Office app and tick the 'always use this app' box. It's Option Two in this Tutorial.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...a.html#option2
    When I right click and select O.O. it opens a read only file...cannot add more characters. Left click (to open file), opens it and then you get the "Let's get started" MS Office365 offer. I may have to go this route. It will open O.O. files, but expensive considering all I ever use is the word processor. Please help me find another way. Thanks for your assistance.
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       28 Feb 2017 #18

    Fred22 said: View Post
    When I right click and select O.O. it opens a read only file...cannot add more characters...
    Did you earlier open the file with something else then save it? If so, that could explain why O.O. is opening as 'read-only'. Try opening one in O.O. then 'Save As..' under another name. Can you then open that normally?
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  •    28 Feb 2017 #19

    I've opened the file with OpenOffice many times. I'll try what you suggest. Thanks.
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  •    28 Feb 2017 #20

    It's opening all the files now (except one that is p'word protected), but as soon as it opens this Office 365 offer pops up, just like before. Maybe if I uninstall MS Office365, it would open my O.O. files?
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