Article ID: 837016
When you use Microsoft Office Word 2003 to try to open a document, you may receive one of the following error messages:
The document name or path is not valid. Try these suggestions.
- Check the file permissions for the document or drive.
- Use the File Open dialog box to locate the document.
Word was unable to read this document. It may be corrupt. Try one or more of the following:
* Open and Repair the file.
* Open the file with the Text Recovery converter. (<Path>\<Filename>)
This problem may occur if one or more smart tags in the document are damaged.
This problem was first fixed in a hotfix that is now contained in a service pack. If you installed the latest Microsoft Office 2003 service pack, you do not have to install the hotfix.
Service pack informationThis problem is corrected in Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 1.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Office 2003. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
870924Install and activate this hotfix when you cannot use Word 2003 to open and to repair your damaged Word 2003 document, such as when your Word 2003 document is contained in a document management system.
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/870924/ )How to obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003
For additional information about how to force Word to try to recover a file, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
826864Important note If you install and activate this hotfix to repair your damaged Word 2003 document, changes may be made to your document such as the removal of damaged text or data.
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/826864/ )How to troubleshoot damaged Word 2003 documents
How to obtain the hotfixThis issue is fixed in the Office 2003 Hotfix Package that is dated May 14, 2004. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/839657/ )Description of the Office 2003 hotfix package: May 14, 2004
After you install this hotfix, follow the steps that are listed in the "More Information" section of this article to set the RepairSmartTags registry key and to activate the hotfix.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.This problem was first corrected in Office 2003 Service Pack 1.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To activate this hotfix, follow these steps:
For more information about smart tags, click Microsoft Office 'program' Help on the Help menu, type smart tags in the Search for box in the Assistance pane, and then click Start searching to view the topic.
Article ID: 837016 - Last Review: June 20, 2014 - Revision: 6.0