Word docs unreadable

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Created a series of Word docs under Office2000/Win2000 and tried to transfer to WinXP Professional and all I see are squares across page. Tried changing to WordPad and NotePad with similar results. Have a desktop with WinXP Professional and laptop with WinXP Home and can't get either to read files. Have the original Win2000 OS disk but am afraid to screw up system. Files are important archivals and I want to retain them. Thanks.

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are the same group of fonts present on both machines? try selecting all of the text from the document on the xp machine and change it to a most widely used font (i.e. arial or times new roman) and see if that helps.

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  • Ve3ofa
    Can you open the documents from the original computer? The language settings might be different from both machines? Can you look at the document properties from Word... You didn't mention if you had used Office 2000 Word to try and open the files.. Notepad and Wordpad are not meant to read Microsoft Word .doc files. My suggestion is load office 2000 and use Microsoft Word to open the documents and perhaps save them as .RTF (rich text format) which wordpad can open
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