Why is something I saved lately to WordPad all of a sudden converting to Word?
I have LibreOffice in a computer running Windows 7pro and it works very well. Ron
New World Man
I don't use Windows - BUT I do use an office suite called LibreOffice - I use the Linux version, but they do make a version for Windows. And thate is how I am able to read, edit, and create MS Word files. No charge for it, gpl license.
Libre Office or Open Office. Both are free.
Try right-clicking it and choosing to open it with WordPad. Abiword and LibreOffice may also be worthwhile.