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Word 2003, Read-only Files and Vista

  1. #1


    Adam Leinss Guest

    Word 2003, Read-only Files and Vista

    Anyone having issues with Word 2003 opening files as read-only on
    Vista?

    I'm running Vista Enterprise and Office 2003 with the latest hotfixes.
    Periodically, when I open files from a network drive, they open as
    read-only. If I close and re-open the same file, the read-only status
    goes away.

    Doesn't happen on Windows XP, Office 2003 and the same network drives.
    Independently happening on two Vista boxes in IS (our test bed). I
    called into Microsoft PSS and opened a case. After 2 hours, we decided
    to disable Offline Files and that seemed to help a lot, but I'm still
    getting the read-only status on DOC files from time to time.

    Doesn't seem to happen with Office 2007, but we are not ready for that
    version of Office corporate wide. I'm also not ready to deploy Vista
    to the masses with this issue.

    So, am I the only one?

    Thanks,
    Adam

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  3. #2


    ACK Guest

    RE: Word 2003, Read-only Files and Vista

    I have had the same problem and many others with Vista. I go into properties
    and change the status but I have no other fix. Seems that no one really
    knows how to make Vista work correctly. The HP chat people are useless, this
    chat room is not much help and Microsoft seems to have dropped the ball.
    --
    ACK


    "Adam Leinss" wrote:

    > Anyone having issues with Word 2003 opening files as read-only on
    > Vista?
    >
    > I'm running Vista Enterprise and Office 2003 with the latest hotfixes.
    > Periodically, when I open files from a network drive, they open as
    > read-only. If I close and re-open the same file, the read-only status
    > goes away.
    >
    > Doesn't happen on Windows XP, Office 2003 and the same network drives.
    > Independently happening on two Vista boxes in IS (our test bed). I
    > called into Microsoft PSS and opened a case. After 2 hours, we decided
    > to disable Offline Files and that seemed to help a lot, but I'm still
    > getting the read-only status on DOC files from time to time.
    >
    > Doesn't seem to happen with Office 2007, but we are not ready for that
    > version of Office corporate wide. I'm also not ready to deploy Vista
    > to the masses with this issue.
    >
    > So, am I the only one?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Adam
    >

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  4. #3


    lorenzdominic_ Guest

    Re: Word 2003, Read-only Files and Vista

    On Sep 5, 6:34 am, ACK <A...@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > I have had the same problem and many others withVista. I go into properties
    > and change the status but I have no other fix. Seems that no one really
    > knows how to makeVistawork correctly. The HP chat people are useless, this
    > chat room is not much help and Microsoft seems to have dropped the ball.
    > --
    > ACK
    >
    >
    >
    > "Adam Leinss" wrote:

    > > Anyone having issues with Word 2003 opening files asread-onlyon
    > >Vista?
    >

    > > I'm runningVistaEnterprise and Office 2003 with the latest hotfixes.
    > > Periodically, when I open files from a network drive, they open as
    > >read-only. If I close and re-open the same file, theread-onlystatus
    > > goes away.
    >

    > > Doesn't happen on Windows XP, Office 2003 and the same network drives.
    > > Independently happening on twoVistaboxes in IS (our test bed). I
    > > called into Microsoft PSS and opened a case. After 2 hours, we decided
    > > to disable Offline Files and that seemed to help a lot, but I'm still
    > > getting theread-onlystatus on DOC files from time to time.
    >

    > > Doesn't seem to happen with Office 2007, but we are not ready for that
    > > version of Office corporate wide. I'm also not ready to deployVista
    > > to the masses with this issue.
    >

    > > So, am I theonlyone?
    >

    > > Thanks,
    > > Adam- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -
    I guess if we make enough fuss someone will help.

    I have a similar problem.

    I open mainly Excel 2003 files in Vista Business from a networked (SBS
    2003 standard) drive and they are read only. Yet I have never opened
    the files before and know that they are not read only as other people
    can open them on their XP machines.

    What is going on and who can help us?

    Dominic


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  5. #4


    Adam Leinss Guest

    Re: Word 2003, Read-only Files and Vista

    lorenzdominic_@xxxxxx wrote in
    news:1190879251.765852.10950@xxxxxx:

    > I guess if we make enough fuss someone will help.
    >
    > I have a similar problem.
    >
    > I open mainly Excel 2003 files in Vista Business from a networked
    > (SBS 2003 standard) drive and they are read only. Yet I have never
    > opened the files before and know that they are not read only as
    > other people can open them on their XP machines.
    >
    > What is going on and who can help us?
    Not sure...I have 60 days to re-open the case. I'm afraid by the time
    I start my test deployments it will be too late. I also asked
    Microsoft PSS for the knowledge base articles that reference this
    issue, but they never got back to me.

    If you want, drop me an e-mail at aleinss...at...hotmail.com. I can
    forward you the case notes and e-mail addresses of the people I worked
    with.

    Adam

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  6. #5


    aleinss Guest

    Re: Word 2003, Read-only Files and Vista

    Just a note to everyone (those that e-mailed me and here in the news
    group) that I have re-opened the case regarding the read-only files in
    Office 2003 with Microsoft PSS and they have forwarded my issue to the
    Office team.

    They were a bit reluctant on re-opening the case, since it was
    "solved", but I finally spoke to someone who listened to me and looked
    at the case notes and re-opened the case.

    I'll let you know what I find out.

    Some other things I figured out regarding the problem:

    This doesn't happen in safe mode

    This doesn't happen in Windows XP with Office 2003 with the same
    network drives.

    Never seems to happen if you open Word first, go to File>Open and
    drill to the file that way.

    Sometimes I get a prompt that says "File is locked by another user".
    Since this file is on my personal network drive that only I have
    access to, this is false. If I click notify, about 10 seconds later
    it says the file can be opened.

    Ran Procmon while opening various DOC files, on the files with the
    Read-Only status, Procmon comes back with a "Sharing Violation".
    There surely seems to be some file-locking issue between Office 2003,
    Vista and network drives.

    Adam


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  7. #6


    ByteMe Guest

    Re: Word 2003, Read-only Files and Vista

    Anyone an update about this issue?

    We do have multiple XP and Vista machines on our network, same Office
    versions.
    On Vista files from our network drives are being opened as read-only
    at random...

    Thanks
    Bert


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  8. #7


    Adam Leinss Guest

    Re: Word 2003, Read-only Files and Vista

    ByteMe <bert.decat@xxxxxx> wrote in news:a0e30a2d-251b-4ed8-8fb9-
    8ba0303fcce5@xxxxxx:

    > Anyone an update about this issue?
    >
    > We do have multiple XP and Vista machines on our network, same Office
    > versions.
    > On Vista files from our network drives are being opened as read-only
    > at random...
    >
    > Thanks
    > Bert
    Negative...I re-opened the case with PSS, they forwarded the case to
    the Office team and haven't heard anything since. I suggest opening
    your own case with PSS...maybe if enough people do that they will do
    something.

    Adam

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  9. #8


    dlorenz7 Guest

    Re: Word 2003, Read-only Files and Vista

    On Nov 22, 1:37 am, Adam Leinss <alei...@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > ByteMe <bert.de...@xxxxxx> wrote in news:a0e30a2d-251b-4ed8-8fb9-
    > 8ba0303fc...@xxxxxx:
    >

    > > Anyone an update about this issue?
    >

    > > We do have multiple XP and Vista machines on our network, same Office
    > > versions.
    > > On Vista files from our network drives are being opened as read-only
    > > at random...
    >

    > > Thanks
    > > Bert
    >
    > Negative...I re-opened the case with PSS, they forwarded the case to
    > the Office team and haven't heard anything since. I suggest opening
    > your own case with PSS...maybe if enough people do that they will do
    > something.
    >
    > Adam
    Microsoft want to charge me $390 for a problem which they say is on
    the SBS Server 2003. This cannot be the case as I can open Excel files
    on other machines ok but on VIsta machine - NO CAN DO - only read only
    then second time around OK.

    Why is it that the second time they work?????????

    Dominic
    Upset Microsoft Product USER -

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  10. #9


    Cyberzilla Guest

    Re: Word 2003, Read-only Files and Vista

    Highlight the file and wait 1-2 seconds for Windows refresh the file details.
    The file is not longer locked after that.
    Then the file opens fine without Read-only prompt the first time.
    Good Luck,
    Cyber

    "dlorenz7@xxxxxx" wrote:

    > On Nov 22, 1:37 am, Adam Leinss <alei...@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > > ByteMe <bert.de...@xxxxxx> wrote in news:a0e30a2d-251b-4ed8-8fb9-
    > > 8ba0303fc...@xxxxxx:
    > >

    > > > Anyone an update about this issue?
    > >

    > > > We do have multiple XP and Vista machines on our network, same Office
    > > > versions.
    > > > On Vista files from our network drives are being opened as read-only
    > > > at random...
    > >

    > > > Thanks
    > > > Bert
    > >
    > > Negative...I re-opened the case with PSS, they forwarded the case to
    > > the Office team and haven't heard anything since. I suggest opening
    > > your own case with PSS...maybe if enough people do that they will do
    > > something.
    > >
    > > Adam
    >
    > Microsoft want to charge me $390 for a problem which they say is on
    > the SBS Server 2003. This cannot be the case as I can open Excel files
    > on other machines ok but on VIsta machine - NO CAN DO - only read only
    > then second time around OK.
    >
    > Why is it that the second time they work?????????
    >
    > Dominic
    > Upset Microsoft Product USER -
    >

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  11. #10


    PzR Guest

    RE: Word 2003, Read-only Files and Vista

    We've got the same problem with Vista. XP Pro sees and uses files on the
    server without error, but Vista seems to require some special permission or
    rights???

    We've got 10 computers about to get returned to the vendor or "downgraded"
    to XP Pro if we can't get past this!


    "Adam Leinss" wrote:

    > Anyone having issues with Word 2003 opening files as read-only on
    > Vista?
    >
    > I'm running Vista Enterprise and Office 2003 with the latest hotfixes.
    > Periodically, when I open files from a network drive, they open as
    > read-only. If I close and re-open the same file, the read-only status
    > goes away.
    >
    > Doesn't happen on Windows XP, Office 2003 and the same network drives.
    > Independently happening on two Vista boxes in IS (our test bed). I
    > called into Microsoft PSS and opened a case. After 2 hours, we decided
    > to disable Offline Files and that seemed to help a lot, but I'm still
    > getting the read-only status on DOC files from time to time.
    >
    > Doesn't seem to happen with Office 2007, but we are not ready for that
    > version of Office corporate wide. I'm also not ready to deploy Vista
    > to the masses with this issue.
    >
    > So, am I the only one?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Adam
    >

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