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Enable Win2k to read old AWD fax files

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Many networks still have Win9x systems, which use the old style "Corporate Workgroup" faxing with its AWD file type. Also, some systems may have archives of faxes in this old Microsoft file format. Out of the box, Win2k cannot read or even recognize these file types.

After complaining to Microsoft about this problem, they eventually provided the following workaround, which I am using at a couple of sites:

Obtain the following files from either a working Windows 9x machine running fax services, or from the Windows 95 install CD (special instructions below):

awcodc32.dll
awdcxc32.dll
awresx32.dll
awview32.dll
faxview.exe 
mfc30.dll
mfco30.dll
mfcans32.dll
mfcuia32.dll
Copy all files to the %windir%system32 directory. If prompted to overwrite an existing file, answer "no".

If you do not have a machine with Windows 9x currently installed, you can obtain the files from the following CABs on the 95 install cd:

Cab2
=======
mfc30.dll
mfco30.dll

Cab3
=======
mfcans32.dll

Cab6
=======
awcodc32.dll
awdcxc32.dll
awresx32.dll
awview32.dll
faxview.exe 

Cab9
========
mfcuia32.dll
You can extract these from the command line with the syntax:
extract <cabname> <filename> <destination> 
Ex: extract

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cab6.cab awcodc32.dll c:winntsystem32awcodc32.dll

Run "faxview.exe" once to enable the system association. After that, you will be able to open the awd files in Outlook.


This was first published in February 2002

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