Lost files from word 95/97

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Hello,

Please help !
I have written a whole bunch of songs in the UK and have brought them to France where I live now. They were all saved in word 95/97 and now there is no way to open them up. It gives me some weird format with squares and a whole bunch of symbols.
This is years of work and I have spent hours trying to recover these. You seem to be a bit of a wiz in computing.
What should I do?

Martin

Thanks in advance!

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Are you using a different computer to read the files?
Do you have Microsoft Word or Microsoft Office installed?

You need a copy of Office or a compatible program like Microsoft Works to read the Word 95/97 files.

I you don't have Word installed on your current computer you might try the free Word viewer programs from Microsoft. get it at this link http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/HA010449811033.aspx

or Google "OpenOffice" to find a link to the free Microsoft Office replacement program.

Good Luck