Dear Computer Lady,
I am still using Windows XP
Will my files e.g. Word files open properly in Windows 10?
Thank you, Sherona
Your Word files will open in Windows 10 as long as you have a program installed on your Windows 10 computer that will support them. Either install Office or Word on the new computer, or install one of the open source office programs like LibreOffice at: https://www.libreoffice.org/
A good thing to know is that LibreOffice will not only open Word and Excel Files, it will also open Microsoft Works files. Since Microsoft has discontinued Works, this is a good way to access those files that might otherwise be lost.
As for other file types, the same principle applies, if you have the same or newer version of the program you created the files in, you will be able to open them in Windows 10
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