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MS Office xp professional compatabilty with MS 2007 issues

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VivaLeBeaver Wed 03-Oct-12 19:01:02


I have a really old copy of MS Office. When I click on properties on the Word icon is says MS XP Professional so I'm guessing that's the version????

DD has started secondary school and she can log into her school account at home. So she wants to finish off her homework and at home has accessed the documents that she started this morning in the school library. Its MS Ofiice 2007 and is asking for a product key which I don't have.

So the document will open but text is greyed out and I can't do anything with it. I can't save it elsewhere, I can't copy and paste the text.

Am I going to have to bite the bullet and buy MS Office 2007 (or 2010)?

VivaLeBeaver Wed 03-Oct-12 19:42:07

DH reckons the problem is because dd's file is a .docx file.

MS xp Pro can't read them so my computer has opened up the free trial version of 2007 it came with.

I don't really want or need this myself and if I have to pay £85 just so dd can do her homework I'm a bit hacked off.

I've tried converting the docx file to doc but as the file is on the internet rather than saved in my documents I can't browse and find it to convert it. And of course I can't save it in my documents without buying the product key.

NarcolepsyQueen Wed 03-Oct-12 19:44:54

Download OpenOffice. It does the same as MS Office, but it is FREE and will solve your problem. Make sure your DD saves her work as a .doc rather than .docx. OpenOffice is awesome!

zippey Wed 03-Oct-12 19:52:45

Have you installed the Microsoft Office compatability pack? This allows you to view documents made in newer versions of Office on older versions.

Here is the
If you're not sure about clicking links, just google it.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 03-Oct-12 20:01:24


The compatibility pack worked, you just saved me £85.

zippey Wed 03-Oct-12 20:05:41

Nice, glad its sorted smile

VivaLeBeaver Wed 03-Oct-12 20:11:11

Thanks Zippey.

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