Using Office 2003 ADM to open files

On October 12, 2007, in news, by

Issue Description:
After installing the Office 2003 SP3 update, cannot open some of the old
Office documents. Error “You are attempting to open a file that was
created in an earlier version of Microsoft Office. This file type is blocked
from opening in this version by your registry policy setting. OK”

We can download the Office 2003 SP3 ADM file to unblock it. Following is the
key steps.

The URL for the Office 2003 SP3 ADM file (ORKSP3AT.exe):

After downloading it, please extract the *.adm files to a folder.

 1. If you want to unblock it on one computer, please run GPEDIT.MSC to open
the group policy editor. If you want to deploy it on a domain, create a
Group Policy Object on the domain controller and edit it.
2. In Group Policy Object Editor, expand User Configuration, right-click
Administrative Templates, and then click Add/Remove
3. In the Add/Remove Templates dialog box, click Add.
4. Open the folder with the *.ADM file, select
word11.adm/excel11.adm/ppt11.adm, and then click Open.
5. Confirm that word11, excel11, and ppt11 were added to the Add/Remove
Templates dialog box, and then click Close.
6. Expand to the User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft
Office Excel 2003\Block file formats\Open.
7. In the right pane, double-click the first entry and choose Disable. Click
Next Setting, choose Disable… Click OK. Set other policies for Word,
PowerPoint Open/Save block.
8. Close Group Policy Object Editor.
9. Deploy the group policy.

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One Response to Using Office 2003 ADM to open files

  1. Scott says:

    Wow, finally a fix that works! Thank you much!