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Lotus Smart suite on Windows 7

by olton1893 / November 22, 2010 4:10 AM PST

I have some old files in Lotus Smarte suite that I need to open on a new computer in Windows 7. I have the original Lotus CD but it won't open with windows 7

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Just a thought.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 22, 2010 6:51 AM PST
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Loading Old Versions Of Smartsuite To New Computers
by bluegrassguitar / January 22, 2011 11:39 PM PST

You might have figured it out by now, but you can install old versions of Smartsuite on your new computer. To do it, insert the CD (it will try to load but cannot), leave it in the tray, go to the start menu, locate the setup application file on the Lotus CD and click on it. You will probably get a message about compatability issues but click on "continue." All files will be loaded to your hard drive (C) inside a folder called "Lotus." Open that folder, then locate the folder for the application you want. Open that folder, locate the application file you want (the one with the icon that identifies it as an application file.) Right click on that line and drag it to your taskbar at the bottom of your screen. For some reason, the application (123, Wordpro, etc.) either won't open or won't work if you just copy it to your desktop. To open the application once you've pinned it to the taskbar, just click on it. I'm running Lotus Smartsuite Millennium v.9.6 this way and it works just fine! I've also copied my old Lotus files to my new computer and they open and run just as they did on the old one.

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thank you for your tip.
by Vera1000 / March 2, 2011 6:02 AM PST

Thank you very much for your tip. it was extremely valuable for me. I had already made several attempts to install the Lotus suite millennium in my notebook that uses the windows 7. all my databases are on approach. I could not replace it, because it is very practical and intelligent. my knowledge about computers is empirical, dictated by the most pressing needs. your tip made a big difference to my life.

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Damn Genius
by Caerlicyn / April 22, 2011 8:25 PM PDT

Well done bluegrass guitar. It worked perfectly, and I now have access to all my old files. I am pretty cute with Windows 7 and Smartsuite, but failed to work this one out after many frustrating hours. Well satisfied.

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Loading old SmartSuite onto Windows 7
by Old_UK_Blue / January 7, 2013 11:43 PM PST

Thanks bluegrass guitar. Your tip worked fine for WordPro but not 1-2-3. I get an error message saying that the files I am trying to access (i.e. the ones I created on my SmartSuite 97 on my XP machine) cannot be accessed as they were created with a newer version of 1-2-3!!! But it's the same SmartSuite 97 on both machines!! Any idea what may be causing this???

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One of those rare 64 bit OS anomilies?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2013 11:52 PM PST

Try it under a 32 bit OS (7 has that too.) Or look around the compatibility tab for XP.

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wow that's good news, thanks for the info bluegrassguitar
by JMM65 / January 18, 2013 7:40 AM PST

wow, that is great news. I will resurrect my old copy of Smartsuite and begin to use my files again.

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Lotus 123 on Windows 7
by Louassier / March 13, 2013 12:44 AM PDT
Happy Did as you suggested and Lotus now installed and working! Many thanks for your help.
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Window 8 too !
by AllenD9 / January 20, 2014 11:33 AM PST

I was able to install Lotus SmartSuite Millenium products (123 and WordPro) to a Dell laptop running Windows 8.
I had to drag to *.exe files to the desktop as a shortcut (and rename them) to have a way to open the programs.

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loading Lotus
by alinasophia / August 15, 2014 2:23 AM PDT

Thank you so much! It worked beautifully. So glad I don't have to redo my tax program on windows. Have always worked with Lotus.

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unable to install Smartsuite 9.8 to my windows 7, Ultimate
by jkensmith / April 21, 2015 7:58 AM PDT

I left the DVD in the D: tray. it did not open. I rt clicked on start. selected Windows Explorer. I see the icon beside the name of the file, But, I have not been able to view any of the files. So, I can't get to the setup file you mention in your post.

J Ken Smith

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(NT) start a new thread
by James Denison / April 21, 2015 4:45 PM PDT
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Lotus Smart Suite for Windows 7
by lebsackr / April 22, 2011 11:31 PM PDT

I have Lotus 123 installed on Windows 7 and it works just fine. I did not install anything other then the spreadsheet since that is all that I needed.

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Lotus Smart Suite for Windows 7 Basic
by GrahamAAB / June 8, 2011 9:18 PM PDT

I am trying to open open Lotus 123 release 4 files in Windows 7 Basic on my Macbook Pro (running Snow Leopard) using Parallels.
File error reads "Invalid Character in File Name" These files opened in Windows XP what do I need to do ?

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by gordon451 / January 18, 2013 11:06 AM PST

I recently upgraded my box to a Core i5 and W7HPx64, and the Lotus SmartSuite 9.8 just slipped right in.

Of course, it's always a struggle to understand how the multi-user is done, but once I decoded the instructions it all worked -- except I managed to install it on E: rather than C: Confused

The only bit I haven't tested is Organiser, but ATM we don't need that one.


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