Migrate you old Word 2003 normal.dot file to Word 2007

Recently we had a customer with an Office 2003 system and a highly customised (with autotext) normal.dot file. Did some hunting around on how to get that into the new .dotm format so we could upgrade them to Office 2013 (this also applies to 2007 and 2010) – and Microsoft has a post on it HERE.
Essentially you need to copy the old normal.dot file into the new templates folder (C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates) and then add a registry setting related to Word located at HKEY_CU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options. Its a DWORD called MigrateNormalOnFirstBoot – make it ’1′ to convert the old to the new, and you are away on the next boot ! Simple.

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