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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.dllCopy 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.dllYou can extract these from the command line with the syntax:
extract <cabname> <filename> <destination>Ex: extract 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