How to Fix Error While Opening .docx Files in Word 2003?

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“There was an error opening file”: This is the error message I am getting when I tried to open the .docx files in Microsoft Office Word 2003 on Windows system. After combing some forums and blogs, I decided to uninstall the incompatible Service pack and successfully installed compatible Service pack 3. However, the result was same. Please help me!!! I really don’t want to lose the valuable contents of my DOCX file.

The above scenario is the worst nightmare for any Microsoft Office Word 2003 users. Even after installing compatible Server pack on system, some of the users might encounter with this type of situation. The valid reason of this situation is incorrect registration of OLE32.dll file. One can easily register with this library file by following below steps:

  • Close all applications that are currently running in your system
  • Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories. Right-click Command Prompt and then click Run as administrator
  • If you are poped with a dialog box of administrator password or for a confirmation, then type the password or just click on Allow option
  • Type the following: regsvr32 %SystemRoot%\system32\ole32.dll and then click OK.
  • When you receive the alert message  like "DllRegisterServer in ole32.dll succeeded.", click OK

However, in some scenarios due to some issues like header corruption, incompatible version of application, improper handling of .docx files, virus attack and others DOCX file may get corrupt and displays error there was an error opening file when opening it in Word 2003. It is impossible to fix this error manually. Well this might be annoying, but there is no need to worry at all. You can easily repair corrupt DOCX file with the help of renowned Word file repair program named Yodot DOC Repair.

Software to fix error when opening .docx files in Word 2003:

Yodot DOC Repair is the most used software to fix error when opening DOCX files in Word 2003. It can repair corrupt .docx files as a consequence of various scenarios discussed above on Windows system. The application can repair error opening DOCX files without modifying its original contents. With the help of simple and friendly graphical user interface, even a novice user can execute this tool without any difficulties. Including DOCX files (Word 2007 and 2010), this software can also fix DOC files of Microsoft Office Word 2000, 2002 and 2003. Furthermore, this DOCX file repair program can be installed on different Windows operating system such as Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008.

Steps to repair error opening DOCX files in Word 2003:

  • Download Yodot DOC Repair program in Windows system
  • Install the program by logging in as system admin. As soon as the installation process gets completed, you can preview shortcut icon on your desktop
  • Run the software and follow the instructions that are specified on the main screen
  • Click on Browse button to select the error opening DOCX file and then click on Repair button that will initiate Word file repair process
  • You can view the status bar of the repair process in the next screen
  • Once the DOCX file fixing process gets completed, user is offered with the option to preview the repaired document
  • At last, browse for your preferred location to save the DOCX file by clicking on “Save” available

Useful suggestions:

  • Install authentic antivirus protection software to prevent virus attack
  • Always maintain updated version of Microsoft Office Word application
  • Keep backup of essential DOCX files in removable device and take a copy of inaccessible DOCX file while preceding with any manual repair process