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Microsoft KB Archive/100594

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Mac Works: Works 1.0 Files Do Not Open In Works 3.0

PSS ID Number: Q100594 Article last modified on 10-22-1998

1.0 1.1 3.0 3.0a



The information in this article applies to:

  • == Microsoft Works for the Macintosh, versions 1.0, 1.1, 3.0, and 3.0a ==


When you attempt to open a Microsoft Works version 1.0 document in Works 3.0, you may receive an error message, such as “End of file reached during read” or “I/O error number -109”. These errors were fixed with version 3.0a of the program.


To resolve this problem, use one of the following methods:

Method 1: Microsoft has released a patch disk that will update your version of Works from 3.0 to 3.0a. This disk is available from Microsoft Product Support at (425) 635-7160. For more information regarding the Works 3.0 Patch Disk, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

       ARTICLE ID: Q96763
       TITLE:      Mac Works 3.0a: Instructions for Using the Works
                   3.0a Patch Disk

Method 2: Open and save the Works 1.0 document in Works 2.0. Then, open it in Works 3.0.

Method 3: Save the Works 1.0 document as a text file in Works 1.0 before you open it in Works 3.0. To do this, follow these steps:

        a. Open the Works 1.0 document in Works 1.0.

        b. From the File menu, choose Save As.

        c. In the File Name box, type in a new name.

        d. Select the Export File check box.

        e. Click the Save button.

        f. Open Works 3.0 and choose the name of the file that you
           want to open.

        If the file is on another drive, click the Desktop button to
        change drives. If the file you want is in a different folder,
        choose a folder from the list, or use the pop-up list.

        g. Click the Open button.

Additional query words: 1.0 1.1 3.0 3.0a mac mwksconv mwksmisc mswksdb translator database spreadshee word processor ====================================================================== Version : 1.0 1.1 3.0 3.0a Platform : MACINTOSH Issue type : kbprb ============================================================================= Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1998.