Windows XP Word File Repair

Posted by: Leo Mccoy

Repairing Windows XP Word File

Microsoft Office Word 2002 and all later versions have a built-in functionality called Open and Repair which enables the Word program to automatically detect and fix any problems in a Word document while it is opened. In Windows XP, you can however choose to force open the Open and Repair feature in Microsoft Word while opening a Word document.

Steps to perform Windows XP Word file repair using Open and Repair tool:

  • Run Microsoft Word program on Windows XP
  • Scroll on to the File tab and click on Open option. In Microsoft Office Word 2007 and later, click on the Microsoft Office button at the top right corner of the Word program and click on Open
  • A dialog box called Open appears, select the specific Word document which you want to troubleshoot and repair
  • Once the file that is to be repaired is selected, click on the down-arrow beside the Open button. A drop down label appears, select Open and Repair option to begin Windows XP Word file repair

The Open and Repair feature scans for any issues in that Word file and tries to resolve them to make it re-accessible. However, note that this in-built function is not capable of fixing Windows XP Word files if those files are corrupted or are severely damaged. You will need a reliable third party Word file repair tool such as Remo Repair Word in order to perform an extensive Windows XP Word file repair. Before proceeding with the steps to repair Windows XP Word file, here are a few noted scenarios that can harm or corrupt a Microsoft Word file.

Scenarios that can harm or corrupt a Microsoft Word file:

  • Using Fast-Save options in order to quickly save a large Word file can corrupt that file and make it inaccessible
  • Saving a damaged Word file in a different file format can make the saved file inaccessible
  • Allowing other third party tools to access Word document files can cause them to get corrupted
  • Viruses and malwares are known to corrupt or damage almost all files which are stored on that drive. Using an anti-virus tool to scan and clear the Word files from viruses and malicious softwares can cause it to get corrupted
  • Macro viruses are known to specifically target Microsoft Word documents. If a Word file gets affected with macro viruses, it may become corrupt and inaccessible
  • Terminating the Microsoft Word program abruptly without saving the Word file or encountering power disruptions or outages while accessing Word file can corrupt or damage them extensively
  • Zipping / unzipping errors or errors faced while downloading Word files can lead them to get corrupted
  • It is sometimes possible that you open a Word file only to find out it is inaccessible due to errors unknown

Fix Windows XP Word file using Remo Repair Word:

Remo Repair Word is by far the superior software compared to the Microsoft Word’s built-in Open and Repair feature. It can fix severely damaged or corrupt Word files and also carry out Windows XP Word file fix for those file which have encountered any of the above mentioned scenarios. You can as well preview the contents from the fixed Word file after fixing Windows XP Word files prior to saving them back on to any desired location.

Steps to fix Windows XP Word files using Remo Repair Word:

Step 1: Download and install Remo Repair Word on your Windows XP. Run the software to browse the corrupt Word file and click "Repair" button.

Repair Windows XP Word File - Main Screen

Figure A: Main Screen

Step 2: You can view the repair progress through progress screen once the repair is initiated.

Fix Windows XP Word File - Repair in Progress

Figure B: Repairing Progress

Step 3: After the repair process gets complete, you can preview the repaired Word document by using "Preview File" option.

Windows XP Word File Fix - Preview Repaired File

Figure C: Preview Repaired File

Step 4: Click on "Save" option to save the repaired Word document to any location.

Fixing Windows XP Word Files - Save Repaired File

Figure D: Save Repaired File