Word97 on WindowsXP

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fiatspider79

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I have had no compelling reason to upgrade Word from 97 to 2462 or whatever the number is today. It does everything I want it to do and many things I still don't understand and it never crashes or gives my other programs the flu or any other problem.

So why am I here?

Every time I open a file I am told that "[The File] is being used by Glenn B. Knight [that's me]. Do you want to make a copy." I always just hit cancel and everything is fine. I've looked everywhere for some kind of "switch" but have had no success.

What am I missing?

Glenn
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Miz

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Are you opening the files by clicking on a shortcut to the file or by clicking on the file itself or are you opening Word first, then opening the file?

If it's either of the first two, try the third method. If the files then open without the error message, try turning off XP's indexing service: Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Services, find and double click on Indexing. Set it to Disabled and click on the Stop button to stop the service without having to reboot.
 

fiatspider79

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It was the first two and not the third that caused the problem so I went in to Services as you suggested and set the Indexing to Disabled.

The problem persists. Unless there is some kind of cache that needs to be cleared, it did not immediately solve the problem. Like I said, it's no big problem just a pain in the fingers and an insult to my theory that computers should work for people and not the other way around.

Thanks,
Glenn
 
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There are a couple of reasons I can think of for this behaviour.

If the files have been restored to the PC using a CD backup copy, they get set to read only in the process.

There is a known bug in Word that can also cause this, to do with the way it saves. It is fixed by applying SR 2 (Service Release 2, an update for Word 97)
You would need to apply SR-1 first of course.

Word 97 is fine, I run both 97 and XP (2002) versions and while XP is better, Word 97 still does everything I need.
 
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