Microsoft KB Archive/107772

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MSWORD6.CNV Not Supported for Use Under Windows Version 3.0


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c, 6.0
  • Microsoft Windows 3.0


The Word 6.0 for Windows converter that allows Word 2.0 for Windows to read files created by Word 6.0 will not run under Windows 3.0.


This limitation exists because Word 6.0 uses object linking and embedding (OLE) 2.0 for file storage. Therefore, several OLE 2.0 files are required for the converter to read Word 6.0 files. These OLE files are not guaranteed to work under Windows 3.0.

This does not represent a problem with Word, the Word 6.0 Converter, or OLE 2.0. OLE 2.0 was released after the release of Windows 3.1, and Windows 3.1 is its minimum operating system requirement.


If you are running Word 2.0 under Windows 3.0 and you received a document from another user in Word 6.0 format, you must have this document reopened in Word 6.0 and resaved in Word 2.0 format before you can open in on your machine.


The OLE 2.0 files supplied with and installed in your <windows>\SYSTEM subdirectory (where <windows> is the location of your Windows program directory) by the Microsoft Word for Windows 6.0 Converter Kit (part number 059-150-345) Setup program include the following:




For more information on how to access the Word 6.0 converter for use with Word 2.0, query in the Microsoft Knowledge Base on the following words:

textconv and word6 and obtain and msword6.cnv

Additional query words: textconv conversion converted converts transfer transfers translation translate perfect formats formatting obtaining find finding accessing 2.00a 2.00a-CD 2.00b 2.00c

Keywords : kbconversion
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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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