I really was hoping someone had already done the Registry Fix and would
report on the outcome ... but I guess it was a secret ... up till now!
I took a deep breath and did as instructed in: Microsoft Knowledge Base # 870883
and added the registry key in the WordPad section of the Registry.
I re-booted to be sure the change "took" ...
and went off looking for an "OLD" Windows 98SE ".DOC" file to open...
Therein lies to bigest problemo with the Registry Fix solution >>
IF you start WordPad and ask it to "OPEN" a file; after you point to a Folder
that you know contains an xyz.DOC file ...
You're NOT gonna see it till you change the lower window in the Look In box
from "Rich Text Format (*.rtf)" to the find-all phrase
of "All Documents (*.*)" ...
As soon as you look at "All Documents" you'll see the "old" xyz.DOC files
and can select one ... WOW! Oh Happie Daze!!
Your "old reliable" xyz.DOC file pops up and Looks Great!
Once open, you can Edit away to your heart's desire, add stuff, change Fonts;
do most anything you'd like to.
No sweat using "Save As ..."
Your "old FileName" is offered, WITH the old "xyz.DOC" extension ...
*IGNORE* the lower box that says "Save as type: [Rich Text Format (.RTF)]" -
contrary to what it says, your file will BE SAVED as an xyz.DOC file
as long as your "File name" ENDS with "*.DOC"
Further testing and I discovered that you can create a NEW file -
which by defalt will begin life as an "*.rtf" file ...
BUT ~ If you CHANGE the default "Document.rti" FileName to a new
title - AND CHANGE the ".rtf" to ".DOC"
... you'll wind up with a "*.DOC" file
being saved - which "should" be viewable on an older Windows 98 computer
using the "old style WordPad".
Again - *IGNORE* that lower box in the "save" window that threatens to
"Save as type: [Rich Text Format (*.RTF)" ...
your NAMING the file as a .DOC file takes precedence and wins
The two Big Things to remember after "fixing" the Registery ...
1) You have to CHANGE the Look In box file tyype to "ALL files (*.*)" in order
to SEE your "*.doc" files ...
2) You have to CHANGE the file extension on any new files to "*.doc" if you want to save it as a "*.doc" file.