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  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    OK, for those who may be interested, I've just (yes, right now) tested both Office XP and Office 2000 on W8 Pro (64-bit)
    as I read on ZDnet just now that Office 2003 would not install on Win 8..
    Installed with XP SP3 compatibility, they both install and run just fine. So, no reason why Office 2003 shouldn't.
    So, if that's what you have, you CAN run it quite satisfactorily under Win 8. No need to shovel money at MS if you don't want to.
    I don't have office 97, so couldn't test it (probably won't run), and my copy of Office 4.3 certainly won't.
    Hope this is of use to someone.
    Wenda.
    Why in the world would anybody use Office 97 on a Windows 8 PC?
    Office 4.3? The one for Windows 3.1? Won't work on x64, might still work on x86 if set compatibility to Windows 95.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Why in the world would anybody use Office 97 on a Windows 8 PC?
    Perhaps because they'd paid for it and it still has enough functionality for what they need?

    Excel and Word have covered all the features that the vast majority of users need for many years. Which, of course, is Microsoft's problem - people aren't paying for new versions of Office.
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    OK, for those who may be interested, I've just (yes, right now) tested both Office XP and Office 2000 on W8 Pro (64-bit)
    as I read on ZDnet just now that Office 2003 would not install on Win 8..
    Installed with XP SP3 compatibility, they both install and run just fine. So, no reason why Office 2003 shouldn't.
    So, if that's what you have, you CAN run it quite satisfactorily under Win 8. No need to shovel money at MS if you don't want to.
    I don't have office 97, so couldn't test it (probably won't run), and my copy of Office 4.3 certainly won't.
    Hope this is of use to someone.
    Wenda.
    Why in the world would anybody use Office 97 on a Windows 8 PC?
    Office 4.3? The one for Windows 3.1? Won't work on x64, might still work on x86 if set compatibility to Windows 95.

    I wasn't aware that I'd suggested anyone use Office 97 on Win 8, I was merely stating that I didn't know if it would run as I don't have it to test.
    And yes, that office 4.3, and no, my copy almost certainly won't work as it's 16-bit.
    Also, there's no Win 95 option in Win 8 compatibility mode (there is in Win 7, but not 8).
    I posted the comment as a general guide for people who DO have older versions, and to correct what seems to be a belief that Office 2003 and
    earlier wouldn't install or run.
    Certainly not to have it brushed-off or ridiculed.
    Wenda.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    I read on ZDnet just now that Office 2003 would not install on Win 8..
    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    I posted the comment as a general guide for people who DO have older versions, and to correct what seems to be a belief that Office 2003 and earlier wouldn't install or run.
    The belief probably comes from Microsoft's statement that Office 2003 is not compatible with Windows 8.
    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    If you have a Microsoft Office 2003 suite or application on your PC, you will have problems running it on Windows 8. We recommend you upgrade Office to a newer version that is compatible with Windows 8.
    Having said that I've been running Office 2003 on Windows 8 for a couple of months now. There were a couple of error messages at install time which I think mentioned the old Foxpro database.

    Since then I've noticed one or two things that don't quite work properly (Outlook mail rules for instance) but it's certainly been usable. However I don't really use so many of the features on my home PC so I can't say I've given it a good workout.

    I suspect the problems that Microsoft mentions will manifest themselves in subtle ways, or when using particular features, rather than just refusing to install or run altogether.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Why in the world would anybody use Office 97 on a Windows 8 PC?
    Perhaps because they'd paid for it and it still has enough functionality for what they need?

    Excel and Word have covered all the features that the vast majority of users need for many years. Which, of course, is Microsoft's problem - people aren't paying for new versions of Office.
    Considering people already used the docx or xlsx or pptx formats, and the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack is only for Office 2003 (?), they need at least Office 2003 to catch-up with new file formats.
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    They're just pushing their customers to a subscription-based model. And considering the quality of the so-called alternatives, it might actually work.
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  7. #17


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    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Why in the world would anybody use Office 97 on a Windows 8 PC?
    Perhaps because they'd paid for it and it still has enough functionality for what they need?

    Excel and Word have covered all the features that the vast majority of users need for many years. Which, of course, is Microsoft's problem - people aren't paying for new versions of Office.
    Office 97 is lightning fast to open documents and only slowed a little by the Office 2007 converter for .docx etc., takes about 5 mins for a full install of Office 97 Professional from install files on hard disk, and has a tiny footprint, no activation worries, and prints documents exactly the same as any more recent office version. Installs and works fine under Windows 8 Pro X64, as it is a win32 application. Only glitch is the Access Workgroup Administrator, a long term issue since XP, easily fixed.
    The dockable, fully customisable toolbars mean that you can fully use available screen space, without the waste-of-space so-called ribbon. A real Windows program, from the time when Windows had a real identity of its own.
    I wouldn't do without it.

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