Excel 2003 docs now won’t open in Excel 2007

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I created som docs using Excel 2003. New computer has Excel 2007 installed and now when I open the docs they are unreadable. Any help would be appreciated.

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Is this the error you are getting?

This file is not in a recognizable format.
If you know the file is from another program which is incompatible with Microsoft Office EXCEL, click Cancel, then open this file in its original application. If you want to open the file later in Microsoft Office Excel, save it in a format that is compatible, such as text format. If you suspect the file is damaged, click Help for more information about solving the problem. If you still want to see what text is contained in the field, click OK. Then click Finish in the Text Import Wizard.

If it is it is simply a corrupted installation of the compatibility patch. Uninstall “Compatibility Pack for the 2007 Office system”

Reboot your machine
re-download the compatibility pack from here

Reinstall and you should be good to go!

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  • carlosdl
    The files might be corrupt, since excel 2007 should be able to open all documents created with excel 2003.
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  • SbElectric
    Excel 2007 is downward compatible. The original Excel 2003 file may be corrupt. Best option is to try to open in Excel 2003. (May be your friend or the local library has Excel 2003).
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  • Findsarfaraz
    Also, at times there can be issue with file association. So, right click on XL file and choose open with and select MS Excel 2007. You can try installing MS Excel view for 2003 to see if the files open properly. GOOD LUCK..! Regards, Sarfaraz Ahmed MS Excel help
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  • sampatrik
    Hi, I am sure that your problem get resolve till today but I want to give answer for those who are facing same problem. Actually some formats of excel 2003 is not supported by excel 2007 thats why you are getting this problem. One possibility is that your file may get corrupt. In file corruption situation use excel repair software to fix your problem.
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