On Fri, 25 Jan 2008 08:44:01 -0800, Mrs Moo <Mrs
> I was given a new laptop with Vista on it and have been trying to open
> documents created in Microsoft Word on a PC with XP on it... no luck! The
> table format is scrambled. Any thoughts? The laptop has got Microsoft Works
> but does not appear to have any Office products.
This has nothing at all to with Windows XP vs. Vista. To open a file,
you need to have installed the same application that created it, or a
Since you say it "does not appear to have any Office products,"
clearly you don't have what you need to open it.
If you just want to open Word files, not create or modify them, you
can download the free Word viewer at
Otherwise you will need to buy a copy of Word. Or get a compatible
program, like WordPerfect or the freeware OpenOffice (but recognize
that such compatibility is never perfect).
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP Windows - Shell/User
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