Do you use Vista Operating System and Word

@EvrWonder (3577)
Canada
January 19, 2009 1:08am CST
I received an email last week with a word document attached. When I opened it, it was just a bunch of funny characters and I couldn't read it. I contacted the person who sent it. They claimed that they use vista operating system. Upon further research, it is said that those using Vista must download something in addition to the Word program that comes pre-installed with their Vista operating System, so that others are able to read documents, that the Vista user makes and sends along. I am using XP. I wonder if I had Windows Vista, if I would of then been able to read their word document that was attached to the email, without the sender having to download the addition otherwise recommended? If they download the addition, create a word document and attach it to an email. Will the receiver of the email, who isn't using Windows Vista, be able to read the document? What is the addition that Vista users have to download so that their word documents are able to be read by others? An information on this topic would be very much appreciated.
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10 responses
@bunnybon7 (32565)
• Holiday, Florida
21 Jan 09
i have windows vista. i hate it. its hard for me to learn new things. first i had 95,then millineum, then xp, and now vista. i wish they'd stop changing it. i guess any new one doesnt work well with the older ones.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
27 Jan 09
Hm, interesting and yes I too wish that they would quit changing the windows operating system versions but because of the many patches continually, I believe Microsoft does this because they have no other choice. Thank you for your response!
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I have always used Windows XP. I have never tries the Windows Vista before. I hope someone here can help you.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
27 Jan 09
Thank you very much. I do too. Thank you for your response!
@ioneb03 (27)
• United States
20 Jan 09
It depends on what Word programming they are using, If they are using a newer version of word then they need to save the formatting to the one that lets you save it in the 2003 version of word. The newer programs are not compatible for the older programs so they have to be converted. It has nothing to do with vista just the versions of word. Hope this helped because vista is a good program i wouldnt want there to be a misconception.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
27 Jan 09
Right, OK, I will look into this possibility. Thank you kindly for your response. I like Vista too.
@earthsong (589)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Email them back and tell them to change the format of the document to rtf, or rich text format. You should be able to read it then.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
20 Jan 09
Good idea. i shall suggest this. thank you kindly for your response.
@jason1308 (1587)
• France
19 Jan 09
Have you checked if this document was sent in PDF format, if so then you would need to download Abode Acrobat Reader, which is a free download, and then you would be able to read it. Alternatively, Download the Open Office Software (once again free) is similar to Microsoft word, but seems to be able to be more flexible at opening a larger amount of different document formats. Hope this helps you.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
21 Jan 09
Hi and Thank you for your response. I have thought of mentioning the Open Office software. The document is in word format, not pdf. Thanks again. Cheers.
• China
19 Jan 09
i have never use vista operating system,i don't like vista operating system,i'd like to use windows xp system.i think windows xp system is much better than vista operating system.most of my friend have the same feeling with me........happy mylotting and have a nice day.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
27 Jan 09
Thank you for your response. Have a nice day too!
@etavasi (739)
• Malaysia
19 Jan 09
I think you get mistake of it. Windows Vista is only Operating System and word is other program which is Microsoft Office. Some problem that i encounter long time ago is when people save word document using office 2007 format we only can open using office 2007, if we use office 2003 the document cannot be open. maybe it will appear some symbol in the document if we try to open it. Then we need to download something to update our Microsoft so it can read under version. Sometimes is it not word document ti just appear become word document when go other people computer.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
27 Jan 09
I see, well this is useful information, thank you. I understand that a document made in one version can not be read in a different version. Thank you for your response.
@hotsatya (240)
• India
19 Jan 09
No, i am not using Vista i like window XP, & i am using only vista theam on my XP because i like vista look. Acually my work is making school project for that i have to use to Word I used Word -2003 & Ms-Word 2007 for making project, BUt usually i work on word 2007 because its feathured is advanced. I can work on it very easily.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
27 Jan 09
Thank you for your response. I use Microsoft office 2003 and I love it! Word is an awesome program for desk top projects. thank you for your response.
@aj2006 (1536)
• Philippines
19 Jan 09
Try to research about that program online, it can be very helpful as well if you consult a computer technician or programmer for precise computer know how.. I am using windows vista and I should say I love it.. :) Have a great day.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
27 Jan 09
Hi, I like Windows Vista also but am not currently employing it. Thank you for the advice and for your response.
@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
2 Feb 09
I don't think it's the Windows version that affects the way you see the document, but rather the Microsoft Word version you are using. Windows Vista usually comes with Microsoft Office 2007. I'm guessing you're using Office 2003... If you install Office 2007, you should see the document as the user that created it.