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Problems installing Office XP on WIN98SE

I have a really old system that I am trying to install office xp on. When I initially tried to install it, I received an error message regarding several outdated dll files (odbcint, odtext32, odbcjt32, odexl32, oddbse32, odpdx32). Assuming that it would fix the problem, I then checked for updates on microsofts website and downloaded all of them. After this I attempted to install office xp again and now windows doesn't recognize the exe. If I go to my computer, instead of the typically cd-r icon there is a different icon. It is the one that you would normally see when you have to select which program to open a file. (Not sure of the technical name).

Can anyone offer any suggestions on how to fix this problem?

Thank you,

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Re: office xp on windows 98

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I didn't realize it, but it seems to be supported indeed. Does your PC meet all requirements in http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/orkXP/HA011363301033.aspx

Could you explain what you mean with:
- "all of them": what updates exactly? from windows update or anything else? are those files you mention updated indeed?
- "I attempted to install Office XP again": did the install end correctly or were there error messages?
- "Windows doesn't recognize the exe": what exe? what is "recognize"?
- "icon": on what device, folder or program do you expect the 'typical cd-r' icon? What is a 'cd-r' icon? Is it different from the normal 'cd'-icon?
- Can you describe the other icon (you see in stead of that) better?
What happens if you click on that icon?


What do you see in My Computer with any other data CD?

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reply to office xp on windows 98

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Hello Kees,

Yes, the system meets all requirements.

(1.) I went to microsofts websites and checked the systems against the latest security & updates. There were approximately 10 updates ranging from outlook security updates to windows security updates. I downloaded all of them.
(2.) No, the install did not end correctly. I received several error messages in the middle of the copy file process regarding the dll files I mentioned previously. The message indicated that the files could not be found or were outdated and that office xp may not work properly if I choose to continue. I foolishly continued on and shortly after the install just completely stopped (locked up, paused).
(3 and 4) After I downloaded all of the microsoft security updates, I attempted to install office xp again thinking the problem had been corrected with the outdated dll files. Only this time instead of auto-running the office xp install, the system does not recognize the content on the cd-r (appears to be an unregistered/ unregconized extension in windows, it doesn't know what to open it with). The icon that I refer to is a white horizontal rectangle with maybe a flag in the center. If I click on the icon the "open with what program" dialog box appears.

The cd-rom works just fine. I used it to install my new dsl modem.

I hope I have explained myself well enough. If you need more information, please do ask.

Thank you very much for help!!!!!


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If the CD isn't recognized ...

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in Windows Explorer or My Computer (so you can't see what's on it, and it doesn't autorun, as the Office CD should) I'm afraid you either have a hardware problem or the cd has become defective.
- What happens if you insert this CD in another computer?
- What happens if you insert another data CD (like your DSL-install CD) in this computer?
- And with a music CD?

The regular Windows security patches (and that's all you should download from Windows update) shouldn't cause problems with reading a CD. So something is very wrong.


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