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fiveonefive
14-07-2002, 01:03 AM
Hey There,

On wednesday we get a new computer to replace the ol' 486 (ok you can laugh now), My mum has a whole bunch of MS works files in MS works 3.0b and I was wondering when we get the new computer can I staright copy the files (which i have on disk) to the new computer which will have XP. I really need to know if I can do this otherwise mum will be typing around 100files froms scratch, if anyone has a program that will allow me to update the files if needed please send it to me! We also have MS works 4.0 on disk if that helps which I could use to update 3.0b to 4.0 then to windows works XP?
To put it plainly-

3.0b->WorksXp?

or

3.0b->4.0->XP?

godfather
14-07-2002, 10:51 AM
The newer Works program should recognise the older version files, without a problem.

It is normal practice for program writers to build in backwards compatability, otherwise nobody would EVER upgrade a program, if it made their files useless.

Why don't you just try it???

Susan B
14-07-2002, 11:32 AM
Your mum should have no problems opening her files in the new Works version but when she saves her files she will get a warning that if she saves them in the new format the files will no longer be compatible with the old programs they came from.

This is not a problem unless your mum has another computer with the old Works on (eg at a friend's house or at work) and wishes to transfer her new files to the other PC.

Note that the newer Works uses Word as the word processor now, not like the old Works' own diluted word processor. It's much better!

-=JM=-
14-07-2002, 01:32 PM
Note that the newer Works uses Word as the word processor now, not like the old Works' own diluted word processor. It's much better!


I thought that was just the Works Suite that used Word as the word processor ??

bmason
14-07-2002, 01:53 PM
It should work, but you may have to run the setup programme to install support for older works files.

Mike
14-07-2002, 02:59 PM
> It is normal practice for program writers to build in
> backwards compatability, otherwise nobody would EVER
> upgrade a program, if it made their files useless.

interesting observation there... I did never manage to get my Access XP to open my Access 2k files :D

sorry, just had to be pedantic and name one LOL - in general you are quite correct.

Mike.

Susan B
14-07-2002, 03:18 PM
> Note that the newer Works uses Word as the word
> processor now, not like the old Works' own diluted
> word processor. It's much better!
>
>
> I thought that was just the Works Suite that used
> Word as the word processor ??

"Works" is a "suite", a very watered-down version of Office if you can be so crude. ;-)

The most recent version of Works that I have is 4.5 and it includes a word processor, spreadsheet and database. None of them are as powerful as the Office versions.

The latest Works "suites" include Picture Publishing or something like that and possibly another program, I'm not sure. It still includes the spreadsheet and database but the word processor is now Office's Word.

A very wise move.

Mike
14-07-2002, 03:23 PM
> > Note that the newer Works uses Word as the word
> > processor now, not like the old Works' own diluted
> > word processor. It's much better!
> >
> >
> > I thought that was just the Works Suite that used
> > Word as the word processor ??
>
> "Works" is a "suite", a very watered-down version of
> Office if you can be so crude. ;-)
>
> The most recent version of Works that I have is 4.5
> and it includes a word processor, spreadsheet and
> database. None of them are as powerful as the Office
> versions.
>
> The latest Works "suites" include Picture Publishing
> or something like that and possibly another program,
> I'm not sure. It still includes the spreadsheet and
> database but the word processor is now Office's Word.
>
>
> A very wise move.

-=JM=-'s right, Susan - Works has an in-built word processor, but there is a package called "Works Suite" (rather than just Works), which includes Word 2000 as well as the Works program (with its inbuilt word processor).

Mike.

Susan B
14-07-2002, 03:36 PM
OK, I'll accept that.

I'm just going by what I've seen in the shops. I thought the Works had been taken over by the Works Suite rather than there now be two separate issues, for want of a better word.

Better not rely on what I see in the shops in future, had I? :-)

Susan B
14-07-2002, 03:41 PM
Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the entire previous post rather than selected relevant bits of it.

Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit please? :-)

Ta!

Mike
14-07-2002, 03:43 PM
> Better not rely on what I see in the shops in future,
> had I? :-)

exactly :)

actually, you may be right - there might not be two "issues", but Word and Works are still seperate programs in there :D

Mike.

Mike
14-07-2002, 03:45 PM
> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!

aaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, does Susan not have a scroll wheel on her mouse to just scroll down to read the little bit at the bottom? :)

at least I didn't do this:

> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!
> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!
> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!
> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!
> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!
> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!
> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!
> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!
> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!
> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!
> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!
> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!
> Hey Mike, it drives me nuts when people quote the
> entire previous post rather than selected relevant
> bits of it.
>
> Be a sweetie and try using your Delete key a bit
> please? :-)
>
> Ta!

just to be annoying :D

Mike.

PS am I at 100 posts yet? probably not :(

Mike
14-07-2002, 03:46 PM
was the use of the Del key more to your liking on that one Susan?

Mike.

Susan B
14-07-2002, 04:15 PM
You are worse than a little brother, Mike! :-(

Go and change your location to: "Trying to drive the world around the bend". ]:)

Mike
14-07-2002, 04:37 PM
> You are worse than a little brother, Mike! :-(

why does everybody seem to think that about me? :)

Mike.

godfather
14-07-2002, 04:50 PM
Mike, MS Access is the exception to the general rule - lack of support for files between versions is a real issue.

Mike
14-07-2002, 04:59 PM
> Mike, MS Access is the exception to the general rule
> - lack of support for files between versions is a
> real issue.

yes, I know - stupid Microsoft :D

Mike.

Billy T
14-07-2002, 05:28 PM
Jeez Mike, I can't imagine why ?:|

I guess you'll have to try and work it out for yourself. ;\

Start by reading some of your posts then go on to mirror checks and an hour or two of introspection. If you get on people's tits that much there's gotta be a reason.

Cheers

Billy 8-{) :D :D

Mike
15-07-2002, 07:04 PM
> Start by reading some of your posts then go on to
> mirror checks

hmmm... theres a mirror behind me <looks at self in mirror> - I don't see anything wrong ;)

Mike.