Word, Powerpoint blocked by Office 2003 SP3

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A recent service pack for the 2003 incarnation of Microsoft Office has seen many users cannot access certain file types that were supported before the update.

Included in the lengthy list include word processing filetypes for Word 6.0 and Word 97 for Windows and also Word 2004 for the Mac. It also blocks filetypes from older versions of Excel, PowerPoint, Lotus Notes, Corel Quattro spreadsheet, and Corel Draw graphics suite.

On releasing the service pack, Microsoft noted that they decided to block them since they aren’t used for day-to-day use anymore and also for easer for it nteroperate with Vista, the latest version of the Windows product line, and Office 2007, the successor of Office 2003.

However, this block makes it harder to view archived material.

The changes were released in a support document, released in December; however, users weren’t given the warning of the effects of installing SP3. “By default, these file formats are blocked because they are less secure. They may pose a risk to you,” it said.

It has released a workaround. This, however, needs you to make some changes in the Registry; which could leave your computer unstable if performed incorrectly.

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