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Office 2003 with Win 8?

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    Office 2003 with Win 8?


    I'm a long time Win 7 supporter but this is my first Win 8 post.

    According to the Win 8 Upgrade Assistant, MS Office 2003 (and FrontPage 2003) are not compatible. I've seen some posts that it can be used.

    If it can be used, do I install it in a compatibility mode?

    Jack

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    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Try the compatibility center HERE.
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    I know that "officially" its not supported. As reports (other forums) say its OK, I asked here.
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    If you have a version of Office 2003, just try it, if it's cause problem, it's easy to uninstall. If my memory is good you have 30 days to activate it, so it give enough time to evaluate it. But if I will try it I will not use compatibility mode, I thing Office is to complex and to integrated to use it properly.
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    Well, I installed MS Office 2003 Professional and its working OK with Win 8 Pro, even though Microsoft says its not compatible. I've tried Outook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint and they all appear to be working OK. The automatic updates installed SP3 for Office.
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    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Well if it works, fine. What I read on line seemed to be 50/50 it works, it doesn't work or bits of it don't work, etc. etc. Good luck.
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    For what I do, Office 2003 is more than adequate. If I needed more I would have upgraded to a current Office version. Outlook and Word are the primary applications. I maintain an e-mail ist for a club and I've been able to do that with Outook 2003 and not with Windows Live Mail or other applications I've tried such as Thunderbird.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Confirmed and working Office 2003 including Outlook / Project / Visio -- tested on an Enterprise W8 x-64 Virtual machine. Installed and worked just fine --no problem.

    I think EARLIER versions such as Office 2000 or Office XP might not install -- don't have the software to test this anymore though.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    I suspect Microsoft listed it as incompatible so people would buy the new version.
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    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    I think they do that because soon it will rwach end of life I believe.

    Oh I hear you jimbo45, sometimes the older versions are better, then they go an ruin it.
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