Unreadable Word 2003 Document and Word Recovery

Published: 22nd April 2009
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Sometimes when you try to open a Word document in Microsoft Office Word 2003, it shows that Word is unable to open the document. It makes the content of Word file inaccessible and cause data loss. This situation occurs due to file corruption. So, you need to perform Word Recovery to repair the affected document and regain your valuable data.

When you attempt to open a damaged Microsoft Office Word 2003 document, the document may not open with below error message:

"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.

(C:Documents and Settings...test.doc)"

Such Microsoft Word behavior leads to data loss. You should find the cause of this problem and perform Word Recovery.


As stated in the above error message, the problem takes place due to Word document corruption. Word corruption prevents the document from opening normally and thus the data becomes inaccessible.


To resolve this behavior, install the latest service pack of Microsoft Office Word 2003 that includes a hotfix for this problem. After installing the service pack with hotfix, practice the following steps to enable the hotfix:

. Open Registry Editor and locate the following registry entry:


. Go to the Edit menu, highlight New and select DWORD Value.

. Type BulletProofOnCorruption and press ENTER.

. Right-click BulletProofOnCorruption and click Modify.

. In Value data box, type 1 and click OK.

. Exit Registry Editor and restart Word.

This method is helpful in solving most of such issues, but it can not repair the Word document that is already corrupted. To repair the damaged document, you should opt for Word Recovery Software.

These are powerful applications that can repair and restore damaged Word documents in almost all Word corruption scenarios. The software are capable of retrieving all Word objects including tables, text, images, drawings, charts, clip arts, headers, footers and footnotes.

You can easily use word repair software without prior technical knowledge as they come equipped with simple and graphical user interface. These software are completely safe and non-destructive to use with read-only nature.

Stellar Phoenix word recovery is the most efficient tool to repair and restore corrupted Word documents. It supports Microsoft Word 2007, 2003, XP (2002) and 2000. It is compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2003, 2000 and NT.

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