How can I open a .doc file in Windows Vista without Word?

lak July 28, 2011

Windows 2007 is not available in the system. Microsoft Works and Wordpad are available.

  1. Paul D Pruitt
    July 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Windows has WordPad under the Accessories Menu.  It will open doc, docx and even Open Office odt extension files (too).

  2. Guest
    July 29, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Jarte is similar to Atlantis Word Processor (not Atlantis Nova). (30-day trial).

    There's another program called the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack, which converts .docx Word files (and .pptx PowerPoint 2007-10 files, .xlsx Excel 2007-10 files, etc.) to earlier versions (.doc, .ppt, .xls, and so forth). But I believe it requires Office itself to be installed on the system.

    Another option is to use the Windows Live Office (it's similar to Google Docs but from MS itself). Then re-download as a .doc file. Other similar services (online office suites) include Zoho ( and ThinkFree Office (

    You'd need a Windows Live ID (ex-Microsoft Passport) for Live Office, which is basically a Hotmail, Live, or MSN e-mail address -- or you can use your existing one at their alternate signup page (, but having a MSN account simplifies the process.

  3. Rean
    July 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Use Google Docs, upload it there. No need to download.

  4. Jeffery Fabish
    July 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Go open source, go OpenOffice!

  5. Anonymous
    July 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    1Open Microsoft Works. Click on the Start menu and type "Microsoft Works" in the search bar.2Go to the "Programs" icon on top of the tool bar. Click on the picture of a pencil and paper that says "Blank Word Processor Document."3Click on "File" and highlight "Open." Click "*.doc" under files of type.4Look in the "My Documents" folder or the location where you save your documents. Highlight the *.doc file and click "Open."5Make any changes or edits to your document. Save and close out of Microsoft Works.Documents created in Word or Office (NOT the Works version of Word) may notbe compatible with Works. Especially if those docs were created using Word2007 or Office 2007.

    if you want to read use wird viewer from microsoft but you will not be able to edit
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    you can use alternative to microsoft word to open files 
    Open Office