The file is a corrupt Word file

June 21, 2015 at 00:17:30
Specs: Windows 7, 4
I work for a college, & a teacher emailed me the email from the student asking if I could do anything to get this working. The file is a corrupt Word file.

I’ve tried the Microsoft fix it tool but no luck w/ that either. Says the damage to this document wasn’t caused by the oMath or mciChoices tag & cannot be fixed by this troubleshooter.

Trying to open & repair through Word says cannot be repaired because missing parts. The document itself is 746k, which leads me to believe something is in the file just corrupt. I’ve an evaluation of systools word recovery but says contents are missing.

I tried a word recovery program from Remo, but when I try the repair program it tells me the file is invalid.

I’ve scanned the document w/ Norton nav & no infections were found.

I don’t know if anyone has any other ideas to try or is this document hopeless. If the file can be fixed I'd like to know how the repair was done.

I'd think office 2013 would work w/ office 2010 if this person made this in office 2013. The college uses office 2010


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June 21, 2015 at 03:00:04
Word files created with either Word 2010 or 2013 will open in either version so that's not the issue.

If a file is damaged/corrupted, well there's nothing to be done other than what you've already tried.

Perhaps the student should think about backing up important files in future, a valuable lesson learned the hard way.

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June 21, 2015 at 08:19:52
To get at the data within the file,
you can try this:

Word 2007 and newer are actually an archive type file.

So, using your favorite archiving tool,
I use 7Zip which is freeware,
navigate to the file location,
select the file,
using 7Zip, extract all the files.
You might have a list of files like:


Using a text editor, like JEdit or Notepad,
open the file named Data
and you should be able to copy & paste all the data that your looking for.

If you do not have the above listed file types in the archive, try looking for a directory named word and a file named document.xml

Depending on how you save the word file, you get a different layout in the archive, see this thread for more info, Reply # 4:

See if that works for you.


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June 24, 2015 at 21:56:06
Rudolfgit, try to open the corrupt file with Openoffice. I have found successful result with it. Openoffice is a free program that works similar to the MS Office and able to open corrupt MS office files.

If it fails, there is a last hope from Stellar.

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