Office file format converters

Discussion in 'PC Technical Talk' started by Graham J, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. Graham J

    Graham J Guest

    Win 7 Pro 64-bit.

    Install Office Pro 2003. Try to open a .DOCX file - fails (obviously).
    Download and install the "Office 2007 Compatibility Pack" (i.e.

    ..DOCX files now open OK

    However when I try to open a .XLSX file, it opens read only, with a
    numeric incrementing reference number. If I try to save it the dialog
    starts in a temp folder and there is no option to save as type .XLSX -
    the default is .XLS.

    Files of type .XLS open OK

    I check the file association: the default is "Open XML Convertor".
    Change this to "Excel" - now it doesn't recognise the file format!

    Second PC - exactly similar specification

    Install Office Pro 2003. DO NOT try to open a .DOCX file! Immediately
    download and install the "Office 2007 Compatibility Pack"

    On this machine I can open .XLSX files OK!

    How can I get the first PC to behave correctly, please?
    Graham J, Jun 11, 2013
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  2. Graham J

    Graham J Guest

    In answer to my own question, in case it helps anybody in future:

    Second PC had SP3 for Office 2003 installed. I had actually worked on
    these machines more or less in parallel, and had left #2 installing
    Office 2003 while installing the compatibility pack on #1. #2 had
    immediately downloaded SP3, while #1 had not, and would not even when
    Windows Update was told to check for new updates.

    So from #1 I removed the compatibility pack and Office 2003, used the
    OffScrub07.vbs utility to make sure no trace of office 2003 remained,
    rebooted and re-insalled Office 2003. I accept that these removal
    operations are paranoia and probably not necessary. Then I found the
    SP3 update and installed it. After that installed the Compatibility
    Pack - then it all worked OK.
    Graham J, Jun 13, 2013
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