Author Topic: Will I always be able to open my Windows files?  (Read 729 times)

Offline Rupert

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Will I always be able to open my Windows files?
« on: September 12, 2015, 04:47:35 PM »
I first underwent PC orientation in 1997 and ever since then I've accumulated numerous files in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Naturally I've cleared loads out down the years but, as my Windows OS has evolved ('97, '98, 2000, XP, Vista and currently 8.1) I've often wondered if there is something inbuilt with Windows that ensures that archival material will always be readable in the future?

Offline Willabong

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Re: Will I always be able to open my Windows files?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2015, 09:54:43 AM »
No Rupert, there are no guarantees! Just look at Windows programs, many of the older programs that ran on Windows 98/XP/2000 will not run on the more modern Operating Systems, there always comes a point when the latest version will not be backwards compatible. 
The safest thing to do, is to load your archive material into the latest programs you have, and save them again in the latest format you can!
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