Is this SAFE for me? RTF convert 6.0 to XP

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jelleym

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Hi guys! :rolleyes:

Ever since I reinstalled XP months ago, I haven't yet had occasion to open Wordpad documents that I'd backed up onto my zip disks. Seems some of them had been done using Win 6.0.

Now that I tried, it's kicking out an error message:

can't load Word for Windows 6.0 files.

Anyway...
Is the below resolution safe for me to proceed with?
I'm scared, given the dire warning. :eek:

RESOLUTION
Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To enable RTF converters in Windows XP SP2, you must modify the registry. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
2. Locate and then click one of the following registry subkeys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Wordpad
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Wordpad
3. Click Edit, click New, click DWORD Value, type EnableLegacyConverters, and then press ENTER.
4. Right-click EnableLegacyConverters, click Modify, and then change the Value data to 1.
5. Click OK, and then quit Registry Editor.


Thanks!
 
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I see nothing wrong with doing this. It doesn't make any changes to any thing but applets. and you are only adding a DWORD value. You should have zero problems with this edit.

I strongly suggest you make a backup of your registry BEFORE you make these or any changes.
 

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ace_coffee said:
if you go into the registry, do a FILE / EXPORT. It'll save a backup of your registry.

Also see MS: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756
Uh, what sequence of keys do I press to go into the registry?
And:
How do I do a FILE / EXPORT

I went to the MS url, but remained confused by all the options.
They take for granted that everyone understands exactly what to do.

I'm terrified of even one misstep - due to past horrible experiences.
Reinstallation is too traumatic. They have some nerve to cause Wordpad files to become incompatible with XP - and without their creating an automatic patch for same. They get away with murder. Are they at least paying TSG for doing their job for them? :cool:
 
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go to the START Button
go to RUN
type: REGEDIT [enter]
once the registry opens, click on FILE then EXPORT

*Please note the warning in your first post about editing the registry.
 

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ooh :eek: so embarrassing...

So, it seems I'm back to square one.

Bottom line, is it safe for me to follow the instructions on my original post despite their dire warning?
As long as I follow it exactly?
Please humor me - I'm the type that needs things spelled out in plain English.
 

jelleym

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OK thanks! :) though I'm still nervous due to my past experiences vis-a-vis Windows.
 
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Have you tried opening these documents in WORD?
Open MS Word, then go to File, Open and browse for the files you want to open?

Or Notepad may work too.
 

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Update: The so-called RESOLUTION provided by Microsoft glitched (naturally) :mad:

I followed it to a "T" - yet, upon clicking the Wordpad Files resident on my zip disk, it continues to display this:

Cannot load Word for Windows 6.0 files
P.S. I don't have MS Word on my system, and when I tried opening the Wordpad file in Notepad, it was all garbled.
 
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OpenOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. It has Word and Excel type of programs. It might be able to open them for you. The link is in my signature.

Once installed, open the Writer program and go to File and open and browse to your files.
 

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Well, OK thanks, I bookmarked it since it's late & it's a chunky download.
I'll see what gives... just wish there were a quicker fix!

(now, I should only remember to check my bookmarks ;)
 

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OK - sorry it's been months but I'm rehabbing this post.

Thru the night last night I downloaded Open Office.
But then today, when I tried running it:

The installer you are trying to use is corrupted or incomplete. This could be the result of a damaged disk, a failed download, or a virus.

Also:
Note that I may soon have Windows 2000 Pro (vs. XP). Might 2000 Pro more easily open those files with no sweat?

Thanks.
 
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