I have a Microsoft Word document that I wrote 14 years ago (in 2006), it is text-only.
I do not remember which version of Microsoft Word I was using to write it, but the OS was Windows XP (in a different language that my current PC), and the file extension is “.doc”.
I changed computers several times since then, but always kept that file in some HDDs.
Now I want to read this document again.
I plugged my external HDD to my current computer (Windows 10) ; and Explorer tells me that the file type is “Microsoft Word 97 – 2003 Document”.
On my PC I have the “Word App” installed (not sure which version that means ; it is installed in “C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficerootOffice16WINWORD.EXE”).
When I try to open my .doc file with this version of Word, I get this message box:
I tried several encodings but the text preview was always garbled.
I remember that 10 years ago (in 2010) my laptop crashed, I brought it to a shop that salvaged its disk, I think this file was one of the retrieved data.
Is there any way I can read the contents of my document again?