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Losing my ever-loving mind


I'm using a recently purchased Gateway computer (700 series desktop) using Windows XP.

We do a lot of making and editing of word documents for our home business. Recently, every time I try to open a Word document out of the My Documents folder, I get a message that "The document ... is currently being used by Owner. Do you want to make a copy?" And if I make any changes, it says that the document is read only when I try to save.

I have no idea why this is happening. I've tried to move the My Documents folder to the Shared Documents FOlder, but that didn't help. I've tried everything I know how to do, and I'm fairly tech savvy, but nothing I've tried gets the stupid message to go away and able to save the document. We only have ONE account on this computer, the admin account we set up when we made the thing.

Please help me, I'm at my wits' end.


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This is a known bug when Word 97 is used on XP.

In reply to: Losing my ever-loving mind

No fix is planned, some workarounds may or may not work.

Just ignore it and move on.


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sounds good in theory but...

In reply to: This is a known bug when Word 97 is used on XP.

How can I just ignore it when it won't let me save any of my files? I guess I'll have to rename everything every time i make a change or get the new word, huh?

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Did you do something else other than use Word 97?

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Some copy files off of their CDR and forget to uncheck the READ ONLY FLAG.

As to Word 97, again, it's a known bug you tap escape and carry on. No fix is planned and I'm seeing the workaround fail for no good reason.


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Thanks for your help

In reply to: Did you do something else other than use Word 97?

No, the box isn't checked. I'm sure it's just word 97. Guess we'll have to get the latest version. I don't recall this having happened before, and my wife and I both use the computer, so I don't know what could've changed, honestly. Thanks again, I guess I'll just have to save under different names for the time being.


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You don't need the latest. Here's what I use.

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