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I've recently installed Office 2016, but I still have Office 2003 on my computer. I prefer to use Office 2003. The problem now is that if I try to open a DOCX file in Word 2003, it tells me that I need to download and install the compatibility pack, every time. And even though I've re-installed that pack, Word 2003 no longer wants to open DOCX files (it tells me to download the compatibility pack each time).

Got any ideas? Windows has made Word 2016 the default program for both DOC and DOCX, and I can live with that, as long as I'm able to open DOC and DOCX files manually in Word 2003.

I'm using Windows 7 HP.

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If you have two versions of Office on your computer, there will inevitably be conflicts between them (even though at least Word 2016 is now installed in its own folder). See http://www.gmayor.com/Toolbars_in_word_2007.htm which explains how to make multiple Word versions co-exist.
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Charles Kenyon Charles Kenyon is offline Word 2003 refuses to open DOCX, even with compatibility pack, after 2016 install Windows 10 Word 2003 refuses to open DOCX, even with compatibility pack, after 2016 install Office 2013
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I've not had a registry problem with Word 2003 and later versions. I have not tried with 2016, though.
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