Re: Accessing MS Word

From: Ryan Pavlik <>
Date: Wed Apr 27 2005 - 04:44:57 CEST

Roy Cave wrote:

> Thanx Ryan,
> I thought about doing that last week but I can't locate the CD. Is it
> possible that I never got one? And, if it really is lost, what then?
> I hate to impose upon your time like this, but I'm sure glad you're
> around!! Thanks again.... Roy
Well, if you bought the computer new, there should either be a CD for it
or it is loaded on a restore CD. If it is on the restore CD (not
useable unless you remove all your data from your computer) or lost, it
will be something that you have to work out with your computer
manufacturer if it was a bundled piece of software, since it's a
licensing thing that I can't help with. You could try starting Works
from the Start menu and seeing if you can get to the word processor there...

You could then re-save your documents as RTF so you can use AbiWord and
not worry about losing a valuable software CD again! :D


> Ryan Pavlik wrote:
>> Ahh, I understand now. This is actually a Microsoft problem: the
>> installation of the Office trial took the association of Works Word
>> Processor (abbreviated Works WP) files away. However, I can help you
>> solve it: you will need to find your original Works CD's (should have
>> come with your computer) and install Works again to take back the
>> file association. Once you've done that, if you wish to use AbiWord
>> in place of Works WP (I would, but use whatever does what you need),
>> just save any files from Works into an "RTF" format, which AbiWord
>> can open (Start AbiWord first and click File, Open if they start
>> Works by default).
>> Hope this helps!
>> Roy Cave wrote:
>>> Hi Ryan,
>>> The program I'm talking about is MS Works Word Processor. I can't
>>> understand why MS Works Data Base and MS Works Spreadsheet both
>>> work, but not MS Works Word Processor. Should I do as you suggested
>>> before or do you have another idea? Many thanks! Roy
>>> Ryan Pavlik wrote:
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> Roy Cave wrote:
>>>>>> Hi!
>>>>>> I really need some help. I'm an old man with a new computer
>>>>>> about which I know nothing. I removed the 60 day trial of
>>>>>> 'Office' and now I can no longer access the word processor or
>>>>>> documents I previously created. I can access MS Works spread
>>>>>> sheet and Data base, but when I click Word processor I get the
>>>>>> following message.
>>>>> Hi, I think you're confusing Microsoft Word and Microsoft Works,
>>>>> two distinct products. AbiWord supports importing of Word files,
>>>>> but it doesn't support Works files. I don't know the limitations
>>>>> of the trial version you mention, but I wonder if you could
>>>>> reinstall the word processor portion to access your old documents.
>>>>> If not, maybe someone you know has access to that program and can
>>>>> convert the documents to another format (I'd suggest RTF if you're
>>>>> interested in editing those documents again)?
>>>> For reference, you probably had Microsoft Works or Works Suite
>>>> (which combines Works with Word) default on your computer, which
>>>> was over-written by the trial of Microsoft Office (a much more
>>>> expensive application that is almost never bundled).
>>>> In order to get AbiWord to open Word files by default, it's easiest
>>>> to uninstall (Start, Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs) AbiWord,
>>>> then double-click the installer file you downloaded. This time,
>>>> when you are presented with a screen with some check boxes, choose
>>>> "Full (with File Associations)" from the drop-down menu above the
>>>> check boxes. This will give you a full installation of AbiWord and
>>>> make it the default program to open/edit Word files, which is what
>>>> you probably want.

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