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Hi there, I seached the forums for my problem first (tried to avoid re-creating a thread on the same topic)

Basically, I had XP, downloaded Windows 7 RC, burnt it to a DVD. Before I installed Windows7 I did a full system backup. thinking that I could just restore the backup if I don't like windows7.

So, in the installation of windows 7, I chose to delete all the XP files, since I have back-ups of them, etc.

After about a day of testing it and playing with its gadgets, I noticed that my XP use to run faster on XP, and was better off for what I use it on XP.

I chose to reinstall XP, so I can restore my backup's.. but, thats where all my hell started. I put in the XP disc, rebooted the PC, and then chose to boot from disc. The first part of the install came up, and I chose to delete the partitions and selected the unpartitioned space for the XP install (knowing it will force an Format). So, the PC formated the harddrive, then copied a few files and then prompted that it will reboot in 15seconds, which it did.

When the PC started up after the reboot, it just gives me the "Error loading operating system" message.
I re-tried the process, it did the same thing. I then tired doing one where I install on a new partition, same result. I then tried one where I install on a new partition, leaving 100mb's unpartitioned, same result.

I then tried reinstalling, windows7 (which worked properly) and then reinstalled XP from a CD boot, letting it over-rite the c:/WINDOWS files, same result.

I then tried taking the hard drive out of the PC, putting it in a XP machine. Formated the hard drive and restored the backup's on it. (as it was a full harddrive backup, the OS files were also on it), when I replaced the hard drive into this PC, same result.

So, I basically, just reinstalled Windows 7 again. But I really want XP back...

Anyone got any ideas on how to get past the "error loading operating system" message?
(does windows 7 change one's BIOS settings? and is that even possible? )

Any Advice will be greatly appreciated.

(ps, to the moderators, I am sorry if I posted this in the wrong section, feel free to move it if needed)

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Really liked the Speed of loading win 8 and the new clock and background.. hated the Icons... anyway I want to go back to Win 7 because I don't like the fact that anything is hard to find.. The windows button don't take you to downloads or Documents or Programs. I have to search to find anything.. My Games that I installed to test everything work fine Crysis , Crysis war , Doom, and Quake... Quake 4 was iffy..

So Now I want to go back to 7 but all I can find that would work is to do a complete New install without saving anything.. when I added 8 it was called a Demo therefore I thought I could Remove it without losing everything.. I installed win 8 and kept all my files, but Now I can't do that with Win 7, unless you know something I Don't I tried a win 7 repair NOPe.. When I tried to update IE to 11 I was told I could not do that with XP.. ??? Also only one of my Teri bites show up The other is listed in the Bios but not the Boot record.. it is listed as a Removable Drive.. So ! please let me know what to do to get my Win 7 64 Back..

I want to go back to XP. I have a XP CD and when I try to boot from it I get a message saying it cannot find a hard drive to install XP and I must quit instilation. How do I get rid of Windows 7?? Is there a way to format C drive and start over??

I want to go back to Vista Home Premium x64!
Windows 7 disappointed me and actually gave me a harder time than Vista did when I moved from XP to Vista.

I checked an instructions document out about how to rollback to Vista from an upgrade to Windows 7. By using the windows.old folder located in your main hard drive(usually C drive) and manuaully doing it. But I do not have a windows.old folder. Yet another computer in my house(my brother's) that upgraded does have the folder.

2 computers:
1 Vista Home Premium 32-bit (Brother's)
1 Vista Home Premium 64-bit (Mine)

He upgraded with Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 32-bit,
as I upgraded with Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64-bit.

Why am I missing my windows.old folder but he has his? And is there any other way I can possibly revert back to my Vista Home Premium x64 without windows.old folder? Or is it there but just scattered and not thrown into a windows.old folder?

I seem to have a few folders that were in "hidden" that obtain older windows files and copy files that seem like they came from the previous Windows Vista. But no windows.old folder.
I have a USB Flash Drive that I can and do store my most important personal files on incase I ever need to clean install with a new OS. But I would really hate to have to spend $100-200 on a new Windows Vista Home Premium x64 just because Windows 7 told me that by upgrading instead of doing a clean install I could rollback to my previous OS version if I eventually wanted too.

Not to mention Vista is not worth re-buying. Both Vista and Windows 7 are a gamer's hell from my perspective AS a gamer.

Windows 7 Gamer Issues & My piece on Windows

-Windows Vista hogs up too much memory and forces you to need a NASA built next generation year 3000 super computer just to hardly reach 60 Frames Per Second(FPS) in a 120 FPS running game that could run easily on a lightweight Windows XP computer with not even 1/100th the specs of the other computer.(sarcasm)
-Windows 7 entirely destroys mouse acceleration, deceleration, accuracy and precision on desktop and in-game. Although it frees up some resources vs Vista, Windows 7 goes through more stalls, freezes, screen glitches and errors than Vista. (Yes I'm aware it's still a BETA). - But it makes it feel as though it really does not free up any memory usage.
And from personal monitoring of memory, and processor usage on comparing both Windows 7 Ultimate x64 vs Windows Vista Home Premium x64 they held practically the same memory and processor usages. I saw almost no difference in PC performance or game performance.

My computer:
Acer Aspire AX1700-U3700A Mini-Desktop PC,
2.4 GHz Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor E2220,
640 GB Hard Drive,
SuperMulti DL DVD Drive,
Vista Home Premium x64 -Originally-

But I was horribly let down after I realized that Windows 7 destroyed mouse movement. I can not use either my G5 Logitech Gaming Mouse, MX518 Logitech Gaming Mouse, Razer Death Adder Gaming Mouse, Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse, or even Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 in any game with the proper, correct, and precise speeds, accuracies and precisions that they should be that both Vista and XP showed better accommodation towards.
As a gamer, I look for an OS that lets me customize my pc to my feel(home pc), as well as allow me to use my pc to its fullest(gaming). I got most of that from Windows XP. Windows Vista started to let me down in that performance, especially on the memory hog. And then Windows 7 simply killed it.

Not only do I have a hard time manuevering around a ..gaming mouse made for games on ..games, but Windows 7 does not seem to stretch resolutions for me in-game. My monitor is 1920x1080(16:9). And I use 1024x768(4:3) in games which stretches to the full monitor screen. However, Windows 7 takes that resolution and literally forms it on the screen without stretching it to the full monitor size. So I play on this small 1024x768 square box in the center of my large monitor screen instead of using the full extent of my monitor.

Anyhow, I just want to go back to my Windows Vista Home Premium x64. I've had my fun with testing Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and I think I'm done with it. If anyone can help me with getting back to Vista I'd much appreciate it. There has to be some way.
Thank you~

i got the rc1 of vista but now i want to go back to xp. my toshiba restore disk doesn't work and i don't have a dvd of of the vista software. is there a way i can go back.

I have windows 7 installed on my laptop but want to go back to XP

when i boot the laptop from my XP cd it tells me that I have no harddrive installed and that i cant reformat

im not sure what to do, any help would be appreciated.

Trying to get this working.... new to forum, so please point me to the right place if I am not asking in the correct forum.

I have a Dell XPS 410 system with a NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2. (Dual Port DVI Card) Dual Dell 30" Monitors 3007WFP.

System worked great on XP. No issues at all. Upgraded to 7 and could never get both monitors working, only 1. Everything else is fine in 7, just the Monitors is a problem. Been waiting for updated drivers from NVIDIA and try them off and on over the last few months.

Currently on NVIDIA 197.45
Upgraded Dell BIOS to 2.5.3

Already booted:
screen 1 is working fine, I plug in the second monitor to the DVI port. I hear the Windows da-dump that it recognized a change, Monitor 1 goes dark, On/Off Light indicator on Monitor goes amber (usually blue if all is good with signal), Monitor 2 On/Off Light indicator on Monitor is amber. Windows is UP, I can click and hear dings, etc, just nothing on display. I unplug 2nd Monitor, i hear the reverse Da-dump, 1st Monitor comes back.

Booting from scratch - both monitors connected.
I see boot up on Monitor 1. nothing on Monitor 2 - although good signal on on/off button. Right befor Logon, both screens go dark, amber on On/Off. If I pull 2nd Monitor, 1st is restored to mormal.

I do not want to go back to XP, but am getting frustrated with trying to get this working.

Any ideas?



I have a three-hard-drive system with Win98 installed on Drive C, some data on Drive D, and nothing on Drive E. I was wondering if it's possible to install Windows XP Pro on my blank Drive E WITHOUT disturbing anything that's on Drive C.

When I want to use XP, I will set my machine to boot from Drive E and restart. When I want to go back to 98, I will set it to boot from Drive C and restart.

I fear the XP install will try to overwrite the boot area of Drive C, when I don't want XP to even LOOK at Drive C or do ANYTHING to it. I don't want a "dual-boot" O/S situation, I want the two to be TOTALLY separate.

Does anyone out there have experience doing what I want to do?


I'm doing the presentation that hyperlinks to an Excel spreadsheet. I need to go back and forth between the presentation and the spreadsheet. Two questions:

How do I do a PPT hyperlink to a specific worksheet/cell in the Excel spreadsheet? I can get the first worksheet OK but as the presentation goes on I want to got to the subsequent sheets.

Once in Excel is Alt-Esc from the keyboard the only way to get back to the slideshow (in presentation view) or is there a way to setup a hyperlink that would take me back to the slide I was on in presentation view?


I had an XP-Pro machine which I recently upgraded to Win7. However, I did not install Win7 over the XP partition. Instead--since I had an extra partition anyway from an old dual-boot configuration--I installed Win7 on another partition, leaving the XP partition in case I wanted to go back to it.

After using Win7 I've determined I won't go back to XP, so I want to move the Win7 partition to the front of the drive where the XP partition is. Using Partition Wizard I delete the XP partition and moved the Win7 partition to its place. Bzzzzzttt! Bad move, it wouldn't boot. Apparently there is only 1 master boot record per disk? and I removed it along with the XP partition. Fortunately I had an entire disk image with clonezilla so was able to recover.

However, I'd still like to remove the XP partition and move the Win7 partition to the start of the drive, and of course have it boot properly. How can I do that?


I bought a new PC with Windows 7 (64) on it. I came from a good old Windows XP machine.
I liked to create an extra volume on the disk for my data. To make the story short, I changed the standard disk into a dynamic disk and now I want to go back to a standard disk. I cannot get it fixed with Windows own Disk mangament (or I did it not in the proper way) and also not with Minitool Partition Wizard Home Edition. My disk has now 3 volumes:
Volume Classification Type Filesystem Status Capacity Free Space

no name Simple Dynamic NTFS ok (system) 100 MB 71 MB
C: Simple Dynamic NTFS ok (boot,crashdump,etc) 300 GB 280 GB
Data D: Simple Dynamic NTFS ok 1097 GB 1097 MB

I guess I could work with this, but to be sure I would like to go back to a standard disk (in order to prevent possible future problems with this existing disk classification).
Hopefully you can help me. Thanks.

I like Windows 7 but i think i'll wait till the complete version.. I put my windows XP iso on to a USB Flash Drive because my Msi Wind u120 doesn't have a dvd drive an i don't have an external dvd or cd drive and i get this:

When i start the computer up with the usb drive pluged in it says remove usb drive (or something like that) an press any button to restart.. I checked all over google and found no help.. HELP! please

Ok so I recently updated my work laptop to Windows 7 ultimate (without making my company aware)

I done extensive research on the other work computers, installing software and trying to get as many applicable programs installed on my OS as the ones on the others

Note - All of the computers at work are running Windows XP

The Problem: Im able to access the internet through any wifi, and Im able to access the company inTRAnet when connecting the ethernet, but when I connect the ethernet/LAN cable I don't have access to the inTERnet and some inTRAnet links.

I've download and install many drivers, fixing some of my problems.

Recently I install GuardianEdge Drive encryption and Framework Client and now Im able to get a valid IP address when i cmd/ipconfig


after installing GuardianEdge i was also able to get my network printer working. (I was able to locate it prior to installing, but i kept getting the error, windows couldn't find the needed driver)

SO...at this point im thinking it's some kind of firewall configuration issue, but honestly...you guys are way smarter than me regarding this and I NEED YOUR HELP...you're my last hope. I really don't want to go back to Windows XP


Hey, i have not been able to find this so. I have Windows XP home on my computer and was planing on being apart of the Windows 7 beta testers. I am kinda tech savey (Enough to put 7 beta on my pc and install everything) but i also want to go back to XP when the beta closes.

I no longer have the install disk for xp and my other computer came with Vista Home Premium but it had no disk with it when i bought it (That kinda pissed me off) so i cannot install vista on the computer that i am planing to run the beta on.

I would rather not need to buy a XP disk seems how i plan on buying 7 when it comes out completely, but until then i kinda want to put XP back on the computer when the beta expires. Can you help me?

Big problem pls help:

I got this new computer with windows 7 home on it as the factory default windows version. I did not like it so wanted to go back to what I was used to which was XP so I put in the disc and went through the procedure to put it back on but it seems rather than go over the factory windows 7 home, I think it actually installed next to it and not over it and is still not the main Operating System. I did something wrong obviously but now I need to get back to the original factory windows 7 but don't know how.

Pls someone help. What have I done wrong? thx.

I only got my very first computer last year in April 2011. So my only experience of using a computer at home has been with Windows 7. Before that I was going to Internet cafes to use the computer. And of course there they had Windows XP. But using a computer in an Internet cafe is very different from using it at home. As you do not have to manage any settings like you have to with your own computer. I have 3 Windows 7 netbooks,all HP Mini 210,with Windows 7 Starter, and the two others are Windows 7 Professionall. Which I upgraded,from Windows 7 Starter using Windows Anytime Upgrade.

But I wanted to try Windows XP,because I am a great fan of Windows.And based on my experience with Windows 7,it is very user friendly. So a week ago I went and bought a brand new Windows XP 1GB netbook from a department store. I was very lucky to get this netbook ,because in England they are no longer making Windows XP or Windows Vista computers and laptops. They are all being replaced with Windows 7. So you cannot buy Windows XP or Windows Vista laptops in most shops now. But I was lucky because the Windows XP netbook I bought was the last one they had in the store. And they told me that they are not getting any more in stock.

The netbook is an Acer Aspire one Windows XP Home Edition service pack 3 operating system. I would have liked to have got an HP netbook as I am used to using that. But because all of the computers now are being made with Windows 7 only,the Acer was the only Windows XP laptop that they has in the shop. And I looked in other shops and stores, and I could not find Windows XP anywhere. So I bought the Acer Windows XP netbook.

Most people would probably just install Windows XP over their Windows 7. And I have read online that there is a way to do this. But I have limited experience with computers. So I would not have a clue how to do this. And also you must have a valid and activated copy of Windows XP. Which I don't thing you can download or get now from the Microsoft website.As I read that they are ending support for both Windows XP and Windows Vista,in a few years time. So I did the easiest thing and just bought a Windows XP laptop. But is it as good or user friendly as Windows 7 is? Read on-

The edition of Windows XP I have on my netbook is Windows XP Home Edition service pack 3. Which I think is equivalent to our Windows 7 Home Premium.The first thing I noticed was that Windows XP booted up faster than Windows 7. And then of course I had to set up my account on Windows. And I was very happy to find that I did not have to have a password. Windows XP only requires you to set up a computer name-for example- Andrea. But on Windows XP like on Windows 7, you DO NOT have to have a password if you do not want one. Which is great as I hate having to log in with a password and enter it every time I do some thing on my own computer. Also on Windows XP you are set up as an Administrator by default,just like Windows 7.

Then of course I had to remove all of that branded and unwanted Acer software. I found that on Windows XP programs uninstall a lot faster than what they do on Windows 7. And I also found downloading software from the Internet to be a lot faster on Windows XP than on Windows 7.In fact Windows XP is a lot faster than Windows 7,to my surprise .

Then there are other questions that I and other Windows 7 users may be asking. On Windows 7,I have uninstalled the Internet Explorer browser,and I would like to do the same thing on Windows XP. I tested this out to and the answer is-YES,you can uninstall IE on Windows XP by deleting the IE file in programs on C/drive.And I did this with the help of a tool called Unlocker. And I found that removing Internet Explorer on Windows XP did not effect Windows at all. I was also able to remove Outlook Express,an email client which I and most people cannot use, as well. And Windows was not effected by this either. I found that I was still able to get and install updates on Windows XP without IE.

On Windows XP you have two choices of installing updates-

1-You can go directly onto the Windows Update website in a web browser. But the disadvantage of this is that you cannot do this on Firefox or Google Chrome. You can only install updates from the website in Internet Explorer or on another Internet Explorer engine based browser,such as Green browser or Avant browser.So although I did not have IE,I was able to install updates from the website in Advanced browser and Deepnet Explorer.Which are the Trident(IE engine based) browsers I use instead of Internet Explorer. So if you want to install updates directly from the website on Windows XP, but do not want to use Internet Explorer. You can use Avant browser,Advanced browser or another IE engine based browser instead of IE.But this will only work with Trident engine browsers only,not with Firefox,chrome or Web Kit based browsers.

2-You can also install updates directly from control panel without going onto a web browser just like you do in Windows 7. I choose this method because I think it is safer than going onto a web browser. You can also choose to turn off automatic updating and install only the updates that you want,when you want to. Just like you do on Windows 7 and I found that updates took a lot less time to install than on Windows 7. On Windows 7,if you have 50 updates it can take up to 30 minutes to install. But on Windows XP it takes just 10 minutes or less.So installing updates is faster on Windows XP.

Then there is the security issue. And it is true that based on what I have read, Windows XP is not as secure as Windows 7. And there is a higher risk of computer viruses and malware on Windows XP than what there is on Windows 7.But having said that, on Windows 7, I do not have any anti-virus programs on my computer. Because I don't believe in those. And so I do not have an anti-virus program on Windows XP either. And I do not intend to install any in the future on Windows XP.

But what I do have on Windows XP is Windows Defender. Windows Defender is bundled with both Windows 7 and Windows Vista. And Windows Defender can scan and check for spyware,and remove any it finds. But it is not an anti-virus program so although it scans and removes malware,it does not impose security settings or block programs, the way an anti-virus program does. Which is why I never use an anti-virus program. But PLEASE NOTE-Windows Defender is not included in Windows XP. But you can download and install it from the Microsoft website. Which is what I did. And I find that the Windows XP version of Windows Defender has additional settings that the Windows 7 version does not have. For example there is an option to set Windows Defender to keep a record of any new software you install,an option not included in the Windows 7 version. The Malicious Software removal Tool-MRT is also included on Windows XP like it is on Windows 7.

There was also a control panel but settings are not as clearly visible as they are on Windows 7. Windows XP also has Windows search and it found most files but not all. So I had to open some files myself and search inside of them. Where as the Windows 7 search finds everything.

Windows XP had no trouble finding my wireless network,which I was able to connect to. But there was no option to set it to a home or public network,like there is on Windows 7. Although I was able to enable the Windows XP version of Network Discovery and see my other Windows 7 computer on my Windows XP computer. Just like you can see your other computers on your network in Windows 7.

There is also the option to turn of some of the Windows programs in Windows XP.This can be found in under"add or remove Windows components."But this does not remove the programs,it just turns them off or disables them. And is the equivalent to Windows 7's" turn Windows features on or off." You can also turn off disable Outlook Express and IE6 by just un ticking the box here. But I found that on Windows XP it does not turn off the features completly like it does in Windows 7. That is it disabled some of the programs, but not all. For example,Outlook Express still popped up on my webpage,when I clicked on a email link. Even though I had unticked that box to turn it off. So from my experience it does disable IE6 and other Windows features and they do not appear in the start menu. But enables them if they are needed. Unlike on Windows 7,where the programs stay turned off, until you tick that box to turn them on again. You can also enable Windows features again in Windows XP by ticking the box.

I find Windows XP to be faster than Windows 7,and it installs and uninstalls programs faster than Windows 7. It also starts up and shuts down quicker than Windows 7. And another thing is that I tested out the restore to factory condition setting and I found that on Windows XP. My computer was restored to factory condition, that is a reinstall of Windows in -wait for it- 20 minutes. But on Windows 7 a factory restore takes from 2 to 4 hours to complete! What a difference!

Overall,Windows XP, despite being an older version of Windows is user friendly,unlike Linux which is not. It is faster than Windows 7 although Windows 7 is fast too . Windows XP takes up less space on your hard drive so you can store double the amount of programs on a netbook.But Windows 7 takes up more space. And there are a lot more default Windows programs on Windows XP than on windows 7.But then you have plenty of space.You can install and run all of the programs that you run on Windows 7 on windows XP. In fact most of the web browsers and media players we use on Windows 7 are older programs. Made for Windows XP but they run on Windows 7.

The disadvantages of Windows XP are that it has got Internet Explorer 6 and Outlook Express. But then we have also got several clones of Outlook Express on Windows 7 too. Another disadvantage is that the control panel settings are not as clearly listed as in Windows 7.But you can still find settings. Also there is no option to set your network to a home network,which would be a lot safer. There is just a general network setting only. On Windows 7 you set your network to either a home,office,or public network and Windows Firewall applies the settings. So you are more secure. But not on Windows XP,where there is just one setting,although they do have Windows Firewall. That you can turn on or off just like you can on Windows 7. But there is no Windows Defender on Windows XP,which is some thing that they should have included in this edition of Windows. And although you can install Windows Defender yourself,some people new to computers may not know about this. IE6 is also not very secure for browsing and not a very good browser anyway. But it is bundled with Windows XP,but then so is IE8 with Windows 7. But you can use other web browsers.

And some of the other software is out of date,such as MSN Windows Messenger 4.7 but you could uninstall it as I did or upgrade it. The version of Windows Media Player on Windows XP is,Windows Media Player 9, but it is working well. So I have decided to leave that and after I tested out the factory restore setting,I got IE6 back. But this time I am going to leave that and just use another web browser,Safefox or Google Chrome instead.

But I have found Windows XP to be user friendly and very fast and as good as Windows 7 but different of course. A lot of people install Windows XP on Virtual Box on Windows 7 but I do not know how to use that. And now days it is very difficult in England to find a Windows XP computer in the shops. But if you are lucky to find one like I did. Why install Windows XP on virtual machine,when you can have the real thing?

So now I have got my Windows 7 netbooks and my Windows XP netbook. And windows XP is a very rich and fully functional operating system,just like Windows 7 is. In fact windows XP is like Windows 7 just an earlier version of it. So if you do have Windows XP on your computer,you can still use it. As well as your Windows 7 computer. Andrea Borman.


I beta tested Windows 7 and it was a lot of fun.
I ran it dual boot with XP, but once I installed 7 I almost never went back.

I'm a chronic beta tester anyway, I've beta tested more online games then I can remember going back to the original Asheron's Call.
Last year I did DC Universe and Rift.

I'm thinking about doing the same with Windows 8 and 7 together.

How many of you are planning on being one of the first to run W8?


How can I convert the batch below for Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. When I ran this batch in Windows XP; it worked! but not on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. What this does? For example: I go to John Smith PC and you noticed that his username is smithj and domain: @@@@ was the last person that logon to that PC. So I need to logon as administrator and to fix his PC and logoff the PC but I wanted to put back his username as smithj NOT administrator.

So I ran batch file below by going to Run as: C:setuser smithj and press enter on Windows XP and it worked successfully BUT not Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. Also, the batch file is located under C:

if "%1"=="" goto error
@set path=path %path%;c:windows
set tmpfile=C:temp.reg
echo REGEDIT4>%tmpfile%
echo [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinLogon]>>%tmpfile%
echo "DefaultDomainName"="CALSB">>%tmpfile%
echo "DefaultUserName"="%1">>%tmpfile%
call regedit %tmpfile%
del %tmpfile%
goto exit
echo You must specify the username!


It's Friday afternoon and I am frazzed...so my apologies before I start.

I have a colleague creating a database where he has a a few thousand properties in a table. Some of these properties may have a 'common link' to them, for example "Requires Roof Repair".

He has created a Form showing the property details and has now created a subform that shows that the current property( say 25) has a common link with property 26. He wants to go back to property 26 and it will show that 25 is linked to it automatically without double key entry.

I have told that with his current method where there is a 1 to M relationship will not work as he has linked the Child/Master to the Property ID.

Is there a method where, if he puts a linked property into a form it will automatically update the other property.


I have a macro (see below) that cruises through a document and looks at styles. If the style found doesn't match a list of styles, then this is written to another document. I use this to make sure long documents are correctly formatted.

This works well, *except* for cases where the style is something like "Normal + font: bold centered". Apparently this returns to the macro as style "Normal". These extra formatting no-nos are exactly what I wanted to catch. Any ideas on how to fix the following code:

Option Explicit ' must declare variable before you can use them
Sub JUSTIS2_Check_Styles()
' with a document open and active, run this macro and the macro will:
' - create a new document
' - run through the first document and look at each paragraphs style
' - if the style is not part of the official list of styles allowed then
' - write this style name to the new document
' - end with leaving the new document open for inspection
Dim thisDoc As Document ' declare a variable
Dim outDoc As Document ' declare a variable
Dim para As Paragraph ' declare a variable
Dim strStyle As String ' declare a variable
Dim dct As Scripting.Dictionary ' must reference "Microsoft Scripting Runtime"; look at Tools | References

Set dct = New Scripting.Dictionary ' create a new instance of the dictionary object

On Error Resume Next ' just ignore errors and keep on trucking

dct.Add "Normal", 1 ' add a style to the dictionary. The second parameter (1) is of no importance - we won't use it
dct.Add "Body Text", 2
dct.Add "Heading 1", 3
dct.Add "Heading 2", 4
dct.Add "Heading 3", 5

Set thisDoc = ActiveDocument ' set the thisDoc variable so it refers to the open, active document
Set outDoc = Word.Application.Documents.Add ' create a new document and point the outDoc variable to it
outDoc.Activate ' activate your new document; now any actions like typing will go into this document
Selection.HomeKey unit:=wdStory, Extend:=wdMove 'go to top of doc

For Each para In thisDoc.Paragraphs ' for every paragraph in the main document
strStyle = para.Style ' save the style to a string variable
If dct.Exists(strStyle) = False Then ' is that style in our dictionary of approved styles?
Selection.TypeText (strStyle) ' NO - type the style name into the working document
Selection.TypeParagraph ' and add a paragraph
End If
Next para ' go back to top of "For each" loop with next paragraph
' all out of paragraphs, so the loop ends and
End Sub ' this macro ends

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