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