SPSS Legacy Viewer

Did you recently upgrade to SPSS 16 or SPSS 17 and are now having trouble opening your old Viewer (.spo) files?

Your problem is that Viewer files created in versions prior to release 16.0 cannot be opened in SPSS 16.0 or later.  If you are using a Windows operating system, following the directions below will solve your troubles.  If you are using Mac OS, you are out of luck.

SPSS Legacy Viewer (Download and Install Instructions) – Windows only

  1. Launch a web browser and browse to http://www.spss.com/statistics/
  2. Click the “Downloads” tab
  3. Scroll down and click on the link that reads “Legacy Viewer application known as SmartViewer (English)”
  4. Save the file to your computer
  5. Double-click the “SPSS_Legacy_Viewer_win_en.exe” file that you downloaded to your computer
  6. (if applicable) Click Run the “Security Warning”
  7. Wait while setup loads
  8.  Click Next
  9. Choose “I acceptŠ” and click Next
  10. Click Next
  11. Click Next
  12. Click Next
  13. Click Install
  14. Wait while program installs
  15. Click Finish
  16. You will now find “SPSS SmartViewer 15.0” somewhere in you Start menu

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