Oops –Microsoft Stumbles Again: Older File Formats Disabled in Office 2003 Service Pack 3

By at 2 January, 2008, 11:20 am

Slashdot is reporting that Microsoft has disabled support for many older file formats with the installation of Service Pack 3 in this post. Allegedly, this is being done to protect users from those older ‘less secure’ file formats, but wouldn’t it be nice if they asked you about doing this first? Unfortunately, this is the default for Service Pack 3 and there is no simple method for disabling this before installing SP 3.The MS “fix” for this issue is found in Knowledge Base Article 938810 and requires you to make changes to the registry. I consider myself to be a computer power user and I don’t like messing with the Registry, so this is someplace that you should fear to tread without a lot of careful thought and making at least one Registry backup before you make any changes to it. You should read and follow KB 322756 “How to back up and restore the registry in Windows XP and Windows Vista” and make sure to backup the registry every time before making any changes.

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