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

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       28 Feb 2017 #21

    Fred22 said: View Post
    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?
    I uninstall Microsoft Office 365 on most of the new computers for my clients as they are not in the market for expensive software. The latest OpenOffice I installed no longer had support for Works files. There has been some consternation shown that Apache is not as interested in further development of it.
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  2.    01 Mar 2017 #22

    Berton said: View Post
    I uninstall Microsoft Office 365 on most of the new computers for my clients as they are not in the market for expensive software. The latest OpenOffice I installed no longer had support for Works files. There has been some consternation shown that Apache is not as interested in further development of it.
    I'll tell you what I did. First I uninstalled the MS 6-9 convertor and then I uninstalled MS Office 365 (which is what I think really resolved my issue). Now all my O.O. files open as before. The MS Works files still won't open, but they're not very important, although I would like to be able to open them, if there's a way to do this without all the problems I had yesterday. Thanks again for your assistance.
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       01 Mar 2017 #23

    Fred22 said: View Post
    The MS Works files still won't open, but they're not very important, although I would like to be able to open them, if there's a way to do this without all the problems I had yesterday
    That's why I prefer LibreOffice. Both LibreOffice and OpenOffice [now Apache OpenOffice] have their roots in the old Star Office from back in Sun Micro days.
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       01 Mar 2017 #24

    Fred22 said: View Post
    The MS Works files still won't open...
    I can understand you reluctance to try LibreOffice again after your experiences last time. However, there is a version that does not require an install and won't change your default associations or icons - the Portable Apps version. All its install does is unpack the files to a folder of your choice, it could even be on a USB stick if you wish.
    LibreOffice Portable | PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives
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  5.    01 Mar 2017 #25

    Bree said: View Post
    I can understand you reluctance to try LibreOffice again after your experiences last time. However, there is a version that does not require an install and won't change your default associations or icons - the Portable Apps version. All its install does is unpack the files to a folder of your choice, it could even be on a USB stick if you wish.
    LibreOffice Portable | PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives
    Before I go any further, will LibreOffice open .wps (MS Works) and OpenOffice files. If it definitely will, I may take a chance on it. You know how it is...once burned twice shy.
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       01 Mar 2017 #26

    Fred22 said: View Post
    You know how it is...once burned twice shy.
    That's why I suggested the Portable Apps version.

    will LibreOffice open .wps (MS Works) and OpenOffice files.
    LibreOffice (Supported file formats) - Wikipedia (and click the [show] link)
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       01 Mar 2017 #27

    Yes, LibreOffice should open the OpenOffice files, mine did when I was running version 3 of both.
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  •    02 Mar 2017 #28

    I'm on my laptop right now. I may try to download LibreOffice when I get back to my desktop if you're sure it won't interfere with OpenOffice and will open my MS Works files.
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       02 Mar 2017 #29

    Fred22 said: View Post
    I may try to download LibreOffice when I get back to my desktop if you're sure it won't interfere with OpenOffice...
    Use the Portable Apps version. It requires no install and won't interfere with anything. You could even put it on a USB and run it from that, then unplug it when done.
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  •    03 Mar 2017 #30

    Berton said: View Post
    Yes, LibreOffice should open the OpenOffice files, mine did when I was running version 3 of both.
    But will it open MS Works files? My O.O. files are opening since I uninstalled MS Office 365.
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