Ok, so I've had this file I've been working on for the past 3 weeks, a business plan for my new company. I've saved it and re-saved it multiple times, and I currently have OpenOffice Writer set up to default the save as MS Office 97-2003 file. I do not work on the file in MS Word, nor am I trying to open it with MS Word.
Today I worked on the file for a few moments, saved it as I always do, then closed it. When I tried to reopen the file a few minutes later, I received the following error: This is not a Winword97 File. Let me state that again: I was trying to reopen a file I had just worked on, had just saved as I always do, and it will now no longer open. I am NOT trying to open it in Word, I am trying to open it in OpenOffice Writer 2.4
I have followed every suggested procedure for fixing corrupted OpenOffice files, and each one failed. There is nothing in the temp folders, renaming it as a zip file led to the "this is not a valid archive file" error, I can not insert it into a blank writer document (same "not a Winword97 file" error), and every other possible solution failed. I did try a demo version of a downloadable recovery program, and it did seem to pick up the file content, but I can not afford at this time to pay $99 for the program.
Anyone have any bright thoughts at this point? I've never had a problem with OpenOffice before, but I'm now suddenly leery of continuing to use this program if this is going to be an ongoing issue. I can not afford corrupted files when I am attempting to open a new business, and I have a key meeting on Thursday and need to have this document fixed by then.
OOo 2.4.X on Ms Windows XP + Vista