Yes, operating system service packs are different from NET Framework service packs.
There is another option I have found, much smaller than Open Office, though it is NOT an editor. Sadly, it's not free: the cost is about $20.00. There is a one week trial period.
Program name: Word Viewer 6.08 produced by Abdio Software
From what I read here: http://download.cnet.com/Word-Viewer/3000-2079_4-10968489.html it works on Windows ME and you can view office documents ranging from Word 97 through Word 2007. There are some conversion capabilities to other file formats available.
You can read more about it here: http://www.word-viewer.com/word-viewer-screenshot.html and here: http://www.word-viewer.com/word-viewer.html
This program does not require the compatibility pack that the current Word Viewer published by MS does in order to view word 2007 documents. (As an aside, Word Viewer 2007 by MS is really Word Viewer 2003 with explanation for using the compatibility pack to view Office 2007 and 2010 documents. I just tried it. Further, depending on what was used in creating the document, it does not preserve all formatting/features in Word 2007 documents and I suspect Word 2010 documents as well).
I just tried Word Viewer 6.08 out on my computer, which is Windows XP, and it opened a Word 2007 beautifully with nothing scrambled as read only and no alerts about formatting or features not available in the viewing.
Rather than try to describe the save options, I'm posting a snapshot:
Wow, great post, and thanks. I'll keep that as an option.
I got OpenOffice installed and working, but so far have not figured out how to open the Word docs that were created in Office 2010 (.docx). I found some info about how to do that (by going into the OO setup file and making some change?) so that may still be possible/doable. Some posts say you can open, but cannot save, etc., but many forum posts are quite dated, so clearly, more research is required.
All other Word docs seem to open just fine, though there is often a loss in formatting that needs to be cleaned up. Your post shows a better result than what I am seeing in OO. At least I can see the data. But you are working in XP, which may make a difference.
Have had better luck opening Excel docs, which look pretty great.
I really need to explore OO more as it's possible that formatting losses, etc. are the result of my not knowing enough about how to use OO, or using the wrong filters.
UPDATE info on the service packs for .NET framework. As far as I can tell, the last service pack that is compatible with Windows ME is service pack #3 for .NET 1.0. So even though oldapps.com lists three .NET framework versions that are compatible with ME, not all of the service packs that go with are compatible!
I made the mistake of installing the service pack for .NET 1.1, and only afterwards read the 'system requirements' and saw that Windows ME was not supported! Of course the service pack for .NET 2.0 does not support Windows ME either.
So, I now have to figure out how to uninstall that service pack (for .NET 1.1.), or just leave it be. The system seems to be working just fine, so it may be more trouble than it's worth. I do get the occasional system freeze up, but that was happening before I installed .NET and/or service packs, so I doubt there's a connection.
Edited by Holly65, 07 August 2012 - 11:50 AM.