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Old 21. Oct 2017, 04:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Converter Pack for Microsoft Office XP


I have multiple old format files from various programs that cannot be opened with Office 2003 or above.

They can be opened with Office XP (which I have on a non internet computer) once the free Microsoft converter pack is installed. If I can find that I will convert these files into a more modern format to send to people.

I can't find the old converter pack which is just a Microsoft .exe file that once installed adds supported for multiple archaic formats.

Libre Office will open some of these old documents but I have a computer running Office XP and there is a free converter pack out there and I would like to use it

I did Google and found some German sites which say they have it but I couldn't confirm it was the genuine Microsoft program.

Can anyone help please?


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Old 21. Oct 2017, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It would help if you post the file formats / extensions.
The only Microsoft converter pack I'm familiar with allows you to open/ edit / save to the newer formats introduced with Microsoft Office 2007.
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Old 22. Oct 2017, 12:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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As you implied, the only MS Office format pack I remember seeing was the other way round and was to allow Older Office programs to read and use the newer formats introduced.
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Old 22. Oct 2017, 02:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi again,

There were quite a few of these 'Converters' most withdrawn by Microsoft now. I thought there was a 'pack' with most of them in it.

One of them I found still online at Microsoft is the Works 6-9 Converter pack. I am currently working on those files that this allows me to open and saving them into .doc etc. There appears to be no loss of formatting so it is a tad easier than using Libre Office.

I do have other wps files back from Works 4 which I also just found the converter for (4 - 4.5 converter pack) and quite a lot from Works 3 which I haven't found a converter for yet and which totally lose their formatting regardless of the Office program I use .

I shouldn't have thrown my old computer out before I got all the information of the floppies :-) Fortunately most of the floppies are still in good condition and I am able to copy them onto my computer.

I have other files created in Works 2 and 3 which I had running on my first 3.1 computer including database and spreadsheet, some old Word Perfect files, some PCX clip art files which I can open in Libre Office but not insert directly into Word 2010. Workaround has been to copy and paste. Also some obscure Ami Pro and Word Star (for dos) but I'll worry about them later.

I am probably doing this in a convoluted way but being retired I have the time. I'll let you know how I go :-)


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