Try copying the file back to your hard disk - using MS DOS copy command if you must (it's easier to use Explorer) and open it from there. If that doesn't work, try renaming it to something else and opening the renamed file (open in Word).
Like DieSse, I can't understand the pre-occupation with MS-DOS in this matter. What does worry me a bit is that I thought that Word went from 97 to 2000 without stopping in the intermediate years - but maybe I'm wrong. We are talking Word 98 rather than Windows 98 aren't we claire27?
Oh, don't forget that if you rename the file, you need to keep the suffix .doc, or Word won't recognise it. If it hasn't got that suffix now, then it might be helpful if you tell us what it has got.....
This doesn't have any meaning - can you actually say what happens - A file is not "in MS-DOS" any more than it's "in Windows" - it's just a file.
Exactly what is it about the file that makes you say "it's in MS-DOS"?
Has it lost the extension name - a Word file should be called nnnnnn.doc (where nnnnnn is the name you gave it) - the .doc part says it is a Word document. As PA28 says, there is no such thing as Word98 - it's either Word97 or Word2000 (sorry, but I missed that before).
If you open Word, then use File - Open in the Word menu - exactly what error message do you get - exactly please, rather than just it won't open.
When you do the File - Open in Word - look at the bottom of the Window that comes up, and see if you can select, in Files of Type, "Recover Text from any File". Then see if it opens and at least presents you with most of the text.
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