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Converting WordPerfect DOS files to MS Word for Windows

by tarmcgator / January 30, 2006 8:42 AM PST

Here's some ancient history for you: I still own a vintage 1988 DOS computer that I used for several years until finally breaking down and getting Windows-operated PC about five years ago.

Unfortunately, I have several files in the old machine that I have foolishly delayed in recovering. Most of these files are in WordPerfect 4.2 for DOS (some are in PC Files Plus for DOS). To make matters worse, my old machine has only a 5.25-inch floppy drive, while my newer computer has only a 3.75-inch floppy drive -- so I can't just load the files onto the new computer and try to convert them or use a file conversion program myself. (I have succeeded in saving the files to 5.75 floppies, for easier transport.)

I see only three solutions: (1) Find someone whom, for a reasonable price, will convert my WordPerfect 4.2 files to MS Word and put them on a CD-ROM; (2) Locate someone who still has a PC with with both the 5.25 and 3.75 floppy drives, so that files can be shifted from the older discs to the newer ones (at a reasonable price!), and then loaded into my newer computer for conversion; or (3) Tediously printing out all the files in hard copy on my old dot-matrix printer (several hundred pages), then scanning the pages into the newer computer.

Can anyone suggest a better solution for recovering these files? Can anyone recommend a file conversion service capable of this conversion at a reasonable cost? Thanks for your attention.

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The 5.25 drive you have works in today's machines.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2006 8:46 AM PST

That solves the file movement issue. Next I would install the last free version of WordPerfect I can find (I leave this to you and, or give OPEN OFFICE a shot at opening them. It's free too. Where? again.


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The Floppy drives can be...
by Edward ODaniel / January 30, 2006 10:02 AM PST

switched between computers as Bob indicated to facilitate file transfer (or you could network the computers) and Corel provides a free conversion utility for several file formats including wordperfect graphics.

The utility can be downloaded by clicking this link:

Bob mentioned something about a free version of WordPerfect but I am pretty sure the only free version was for Linux.

MS Word should also convert the file simply by opening it as will OpenOffice as Bob suggested.

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Converting WordPerfect DOS files to MS Word for Windows
by corsagna / August 14, 2009 12:49 PM PDT

I have the same conversion problem you had. Did you ever find a conversion solution. (Fortunately I have a 3 1/2 inch floppy drive on both computers.) This problem is driving me nuts. I'd really appreciate your input. All the best. Bob

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(NT) I still use the answers from posts 2 and 3.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 14, 2009 9:35 PM PDT

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