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MicroSoft Works

My eMachine computer came with MicroSoft Works. It has recently degraded, so I went to my Control Panel/Programs and right clicked. Then clicked on Repair. But I received a message saying that a file named "Works9.msi" was needed and it would be available at c:\AcerSW\SE\MSWorks\. That link no longer responds, though. Does anyone know how I can obtain Works9.msi?

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Re: msi

That's not a link. That's a file on your own hard disk. If it isn't there any more, all I can ask is why you deleted it.

https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-070-03545-Works-9-0/dp/B000Q6ZK3K still has MS Works for sale. Buy that and you can do a fresh install, if needed.
And just a note: the latest version of this program is from 2007, released for Windows Vista. There is a good chance it won't work on your new computer, if you decide to replace your current eMachine.

What do you mean with "degraded"? Programs don't degrade. Hardware does, and Windows tends to become slower if the machine fills up with various things, but programs don't. So I think repair (or even a total reinstall) of the program won't help. That's why I mentioned a new computer.

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Re: msi

The file named "Works9.msi" apparently was never on my computer. Last weekend was the first time I ever looked for it, in response to a message when I clicked on "repair" on the Control Panel/Programs.

MicroSoft's tech support suggested that one or more upgrades/patches that have installed on my computer may have deleted a shared file that MS Works depended on. If I buy a new MS Works disc from Amazon, that same obstacle might occur again.

When I wrote "degrade", I meant that most of the functions of the MS Works spreadsheet continue to work, but over time the ability to save an XLR file as an XSLX file was lost. Finally, that save function stopped working completely.

I have downloaded LibreOffice, which can inload an XLR file, then, after making any changes, it lets me save as an XLSX file. One extra step, but LibreOffice offers me many additional office functions, too, once I have time to learn how to use them.

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