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WDB Files - Need to access old files

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#1 jnewell


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Posted 23 December 2014 - 07:00 PM

Hi all,

I used Microsoft Works to make an address database. I have the files on 3.5 Floppy and on hard drive. Also have the old hard drive from the original PC with the works program on it. Comes up as E: via a harddrive to USB converter on my old laptop. The original Program Disks for Works won't load onto my old laptop ( Win XP SP3). I haven't tried with my newer laptop (Win 8.1).


I've looked online for conversion programs but haven't been able to find anything useful although there are plenty of empty promises. Also I find I can't load Java (8) onto my XP SP3 laptop as it says that I need a higher version of Windows. One alleged conversion program is a Java application and requires Java.


Can anyone suggest a way of getting Works Data Base files into a format that will load into OpenOffice?  This pretty much means into any other format.


I have tried writing my own program in a BASIC language thinking that if I read in a section of data I can string slice it to keep the stuff I want, but this doesn't seem to be possible.


Help please ... John.  PS Merry Christmas




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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 23 December 2014 - 07:39 PM

You can download the latest Java version 7 here. I have it on my XP SP3 computer.


Download and install the offline version


Windows x86 Offline  28.09 MB


Is this the converter you were talking about?

Edited by JohnC_21, 23 December 2014 - 07:41 PM.

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