Jimbo- I'm preparing to back up my current modules, & re-install the Wind 8 VM, due to all the crap that has occurred, and get office 2010 32bit . ( btw, I have kept the xp vm, and I'm only upgrading to postpone the day when xp /off 2003 stuff is too obsolete).
I do like a lot of the improvements in excel fro 2003, but of course , not the slow downs.