Allowing Policy Exemption to Microsoft Office Documents created Prior to Word 2003 View The Full Article This is a description on two methods to allow the Registry policy exemption in All versions of Windows for Word 2003. This will allow you open up documents that are older than the year of Office that you need to open Mainly prior to and3903. Method 1: Use a trusted location, or create an exempt location To do this, follow these steps, as appropriate for the version of Word that you are running: In Word 2007, if you trust the file that you want to open, you can open that file even if the file type is blocked by the registry. You can override the registry policy settings by moving the file to a trusted location. For more information about how to create, to remove, or to change a trusted location for files, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://office.microsoft.com/enus/help/HA100319991033.aspx In Word 2003, there are no trusted locations. You can create an exempt location to override the registry policy settings. To create an exempt location, follow these steps: Exit Word 2003. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK. Locate and then click one of the following registry subkeys:HKEYCURRENTUSERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice11.0CommonHKEYCURRENTUSERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftOffice11.0Common Point to New on the Edit menu, and then click Key. Type OICEExemptions for the name of the key. Point to New on the Edit menu, and then click String Value. Type a string name, and then press ENTER. For example, type ExemptDirectory. Rightclick the string name that you typed in step 7, and then click Modify. In the Value data box, type the path of the directory that contains the file, and then click OK. For example, if your document is in the C:My Documents folder, type C:My Documents in the Value data box. Note You must create the folder. Any subfolders are not automatically exempted. For any additional folders that you would like to make exempt, repeat steps 6 to 9 by creating string values such as ExemptDirectory1, and ExemptDirectory2. On the File menu, click Exit to exit Registry Editor. Method 2: Disable the restriction on opening documents of certain types Word 2003 For more information about how to disable this restriction in Word 2003, reference article number 938810 Information about certain file types that are blocked after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3 Word 2007 in the Microsoft Knowledge Base. To disable this restriction in Word 2007, change the value of the FileOpenBlock subkey. To do this, follow these steps: Exit Word. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:HKEYCURRENTUSERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftOffice12.0WordSecurityFileOpenBlock If the FileOpenBlock subkey does not exist, you must create it. To do this, follow these steps: Select the Security subkey. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key. Type FileOpenBlock, and then press ENTER. After you select the subkey that is specified in step 3, locate the DWORD value. Note If this value does not exist, you must create it. To do this, follow these steps: On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value. Type the DWORD value for which you want to disable the restriction, and then press ENTER. For example, type FilesBeforeVersion. You may check for the different DWORD values in the More Information section of this article based on the version of Word that you are running. For example, if the opening of files that were saved in earlier file formats is restricted, locate the FilesBeforeVersion DWORD value in the registry for the FileOpenBlock subkey. When you change the value of FilesBeforeVersion from 1 to 0, you can open files that were saved in earlier file formats. Rightclick the DWORD value that you want, and then click Modify. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK. On the File menu, click Exit to exit Registry Editor.