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    Mass Convert of .docx to .doc

    Does anybody know if they is any tools available to mass convert all .docx files on our server to .doc.

    I think it would be useful if every night / week I could run this on the server.

    As you may have guessed we use Office 2007 and have set the default save as type as Word 2000 - 2003, but the odd one or two still sneak through and cause problems with kids / staff taking things home on a memory pen.

    I've banned the Office 2007 extensions on our Mail server so they can't be sent outside of school.

    Thanks

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    make a dos bat file "rename *.docx *.doc"

    I'm sure some geek will add a complex VBX runscript here soon...
    Last edited by Grommit; 20th June 2008 at 10:16 AM.

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    I dont know of a tool that would do that, anyway you would have a loosing battle in here because of the Office 2007 wave is coming and cannot be stopped. so what I would suggest is if you instead install the Compatibility Pack from Microsoft, I had deployed it to all machines in here so anyone can open 2007 files,

    Link is Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats

    Regards.

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    Likewise, I have rolled out the compatibility pack both at school and at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyDejaVu View Post
    I dont know of a tool that would do that, anyway you would have a loosing battle in here because of the Office 2007 wave is coming and cannot be stopped. so what I would suggest is if you instead install the Compatibility Pack from Microsoft, I had deployed it to all machines in here so anyone can open 2007 files,

    Link is Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats

    Regards.
    how do you go about deploying it please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grommit View Post
    make a dos bat file "rename *.docx *.doc"

    I'm sure some geek will add a complex VBX runscript here soon...
    LOL there is a little more between doc and docx then just a extension.

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    If there’s a GP to install the compatibility pack that would be a great help otherwise it will mean a visit to each machine to run it by hand. A job for the holidays I think

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    We followed the earlier link and rolled it out as an msi through group policy. Very straightforward. Did it in term-time without incident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grommit View Post
    make a dos bat file "rename *.docx *.doc"

    I'm sure some geek will add a complex VBX runscript here soon...
    Sorry it hought you said "rename" not "convert" *blush*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jobos View Post
    If there’s a GP to install the compatibility pack that would be a great help otherwise it will mean a visit to each machine to run it by hand. A job for the holidays I think
    Do you have a link to this please? I can't find it.

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    There is a way to bulk convert all documents the other way using the OFC component in the Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) but not the other way around from docx back to doc (that I know of).

    Converting all documents to the new format will decrease the space that the files use hugely though so when full roll outs have been performed it may be a good way to free up some space on the servers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester View Post
    Do you have a link to this please? I can't find it.
    Its just the standard download that you extract the MSI from, instructions here:
    How to deploy the Office Compatibility Pack together with the Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 1

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    you deploy it using GP software installation,, but first you must extract the MSI from the EXE that Microsoft provides, download the exe from the link I provided, then from the command prompt you need to run the file with the option to extract..... eg C:\fileconverter /extract:C:\folder

    please note that you must copy the whole folder because the msi file is only the launcher... so once you have a location that is avaiable from any machine, you only need to add the file o12conv.msi to your group policy.


    Regards.

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    how do you go about deploying it please?
    Here's how to get the Compatibility Pack MSI

    You can also use the Office 2007 Ork Tools to specify Word 2007's default format is .doc too

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyDejaVu View Post
    you deploy it using GP software installation,, but first you must extract the MSI from the EXE that Microsoft provides, download the exe from the link I provided, then from the command prompt you need to run the file with the option to extract..... eg C:\fileconverter /extract:C:\folder

    please note that you must copy the whole folder because the msi file is only the launcher... so once you have a location that is avaiable from any machine, you only need to add the file o12conv.msi to your group policy.


    Regards.
    ok i have done that, can i just deploy them two .msi files using group policy?

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