Powerpoint 97 files not opening in 2007

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Zack Barresse

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Hi all!

Okay, so I've got a weird dilemma here. I've got a disc with some Powerpoint presentations on it which were created in PPT 97. I've used them for years without any issue. I copied half of them to my computer probably, oh I dunno, 7 or 8 years ago. Those that I copied are good. But I brought the disc back out, blew the dust off it, and tried opening the other files on it and nada. I can still read the data on the disc, and it copies over just fine, but won't open. I'm worried the disc is somehow still bad, it seems to be the only logical answer left, but wanted to post on here just to be sure. Powerpoint is certainly not my forte. It's at least worth the question if somebody has seen this before and can verify it for me. Thanks for taking the time to read. Let me know if you have any questions. :)
 

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Zack, sometimes you get Read-Only issues with reading from a disk. Try copying the files you can't open to your hard drive and opening the copies.
 

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Check and check. Same error. :( Files copied ok though, which to me, is the weird part.
 

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have you tried other apps, like OO?

Also, have you run a chkdsk on it? IMO, that doesn't sound like a disk error if other files open fine.......generally a disk isn't going to be so selective as to only betamax ppt files.......but I reckon anything is possible.
 
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PowerPoint 2007 cannot open PowerPoint 95 files. Even if the file was created in PowerPoint 97, 2000, 2002 or 2003, if it was saved as a PowerPoint 95 file, PowerPoint 2007 will not be able to open it and you will receive this error message.
If you still have 2003, open the file in that and save it as a 2003 file.
If you don't, well, I have 2003. :)
 

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I can try OO, I think I have it on one of my machines around here... And it very well could've been created in 95, and I'd be willing to bet on it! There's probably 2 dozen (or slightly less) files. I don't have 2003 anywhere near me. LOL! But if you're willing to open/save/re-send, I'm game! A little larger than I can upload here, but not much. Let me know. :)
 
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Zack, if you still have my email. zip it and send it to me.
(If you don't still have it, it is loche at rocketmail dot com.) I have 2003 and can try to open it for you and save it as a 2003 file.
 
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Hi Zack,

Not sure if you have this now sorted but I wonder if Microsoft have a patch you can download to enable older programs to work. I know they have with older version of Word and I just wondered if they may have one for PPP aswell?
 

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I'll email here in a bit (on the wrong computer right now).

Morny: I haven't found anything like that. But my limited Powerpoint knowledge may hinder such a search. :eek:
 
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To all - SP3 limited the ability to open a large number of earlier file types, and you must edit your registry to allow them. MS offers the information on how to do so here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938810/en-us
I found, however, that the regedit file download would not make the needed changes automatically, as it should, for the directory listings it should "update" never existed, and I had to go into the registry and edit them myself.
 

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To add a note to slurpee's last post, that update was already installed on my machine with Office 2007. And still had no worky with the files for me.
 
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I must be lucky then because I decided to install SP3 last year and it has made my computer a little slower booting but otherwise, it's seems OK.
Just wondered, Zack, when you initially used the disc, was this on a different PC? Also, are you opening the files from the disc itself? I'm trying to think here (I said trying!!) I may have had a similar problem years and years ago, whereby I couldn't open a disc anymore. Can't remember what it entailed but I don't think it got resolved.
 
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