Some of it may work. Or it may not. It's one version back from 2003 which I use daily.
1. They do not come from Microsoft.
2. They come from the maker of the products.
3. Why upgrade a driver if it works?
I would like to know if Windows 7 is compatible with Microsoft Office XP Professional version 2002. If so, could you point me in the right direction where I could upgrade and/or install drivers? Your help is most appreciated. Thank you, Ray
Check Google, and you can have an answer for almost every program in a few seconds. Just use a search like: "<program name> Windows 7 compatibility" and you should be able to get an idea if the answer is yea or nay from the little excerpts shown for the first couple results.
And if OfficeXP doesn't work with Win7, there's always OpenOffice. Even by Microsoft's own admission, it's around the level of Office XP. Plus it's free, and 99% of MS Office users probably never use 99% of the features available. Probably 99% of MS Word users never exceed the feature set of WordPad that is bundled with Windows.
If you want just basic Word Processing usage you can use Google Docs. All you need is to create a Google G-Mail account and off you go. Web Base Application from any computer, any platform (Linux, MAC, MS, etc...) as long as you have a Web Browser and a Web Connection.
As before, my preferred Office Suite is Open Office, way more bang for you $$$ with free updates and no code keys
I suggest you look at the Windows compatibility center with software concerns: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/Search.aspx?type=Software&s=Microsoft%20Office%20XP%20Professional%202002.
It doesn't appear Office 2002 is compatible, but there may be work a work-around, such as running XP Mode: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/windows-xp-mode. Or trying the Program compatibility troubleshooter: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Make-older-programs-run-in-this-version-of-Windows.
Microsoft is releasing a new version of Office this year, you can test the beta for free and decide between 2007 and 2010- before you make the investment. Here is the beta site: http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/default.aspx.
Beta means it's an incomplete testing release. So it may have bugs (more than usual) and you would be ill advised to entrust any important documents to it. It's designed to give you some idea of what is in the works, as well as help MS devs by getting more people poking and prodding it finding bugs.
Do keep in mind that Microsoft has done away with the cheaper upgrade versions of MS Office starting with 2010, so you will likely be looking at a minimum of $250 when the software is released. When you stack that up against OpenOffice, which is free and really quite capable, it seems pretty attractive even if it might have a few rough edges.
In any case, beta means it's an incomplete testing release. Do not trust it with anything important, as anything and everything about the software is still subject to change, and there are going to be bugs. It is useful as an evaluation tool to decide if this release is of any interest to you or not, just again DO NOT TRUST ANY IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS TO IT. Do not become the latest person who comes here with a sad tale about using some pre-release software to create some important document, and make us tell you that there's nothing that can be done to recover this document that ceased to function with the final version of the software. It's an all too common tale, and I'm sure you don't want to be the latest person to take up the role of the disappointed user.
You just helped make my decision. I'm going to go with Office 2007. I don't need the headaches and I don't like the idea of being a guinea pig. I'm sure that Office 2007 isn't perfect, but most of the bugs should be out of it. Thanks for explaining to me what beta is. Most of all thank you for saving me from Office 2010 beta. Your help has been most appreciated. Thanks again, Ray
That's your choice, but personally, the free on OpenOffice makes it very easy to overlook it's minor rough edges. What's the Home and Small Office version of Office 2007 run, like $150? That's a decent chunk of change if you ask me.
But regardless, glad to help. Beta tests are fine for some people, you just have to know what it is you're getting into beforehand. And just for future edification, the typical software development pattern goes something like the following. You have pre-alpha code which generally only developers see. Then you get to alpha, which typically means it's still pretty rough but the general structure is more or less in place, though it doesn't preclude radical changes. Then you eventually move into beta, which usually means that the focus has shifted more to bug fixing and performance tuning, but the program is typically feature complete. Then you might have a release candidate. These are exactly what you might think based on the name. They are kind of like a final inspection of the program before it's officially released.
I encourage you do use the Microsoft Office you are most comfortable with. Microsoft Office 2010 Beta is a test, but one that has had overwhelming success since the November release with more than 2 million downloads. Here is the upcoming pricing for Office 2010: http://blogs.technet.com/office2010/archive/2010/01/05/what-the-office-team-will-be-talking-about-at-ces.aspx.
Glad everything worked out Ray!
Make sure to check out the Windows Live essentials tools while you are at it- so you have more capabilities with photo and video: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-live-essentials.
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