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Vista Home Premium & Office 97

by romric / September 24, 2007 6:36 AM PDT

Hi, As a non technical newbie could someone tell me if it is possible to transfer files/folders from a computer running XP with Microsoft Office 97, to my new computer running Vista?
I have nearly all my family history on cd's, some on floppy disks, but cannot read most of them, some I can read but not edit. Is there any solution?

Thanks romric.

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Re: Office 97 and Vista
by Kees Bakker / September 24, 2007 7:49 AM PDT

I don't know if Office 97 (if properly installed from the CD) will RUN under Vista. It did under XP, but with some incompatibilities for the more advanced functions. Worth a try (assuming you've got that CD).

But, if it doesn't, you can copy all documents you made with it on your old PC to your new Vista computer and read it with higher versions of MS Office (2000 should work, XP, 2003 and 2007 surely do), OpenOffice or the MS Word 2003 viewer. All but the viewer from this list enable you to edit the documents. All versions of MS Office should be installed from their CD; Openoffice and the Word viewer are free downloads.

Hope this helps.


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Regarding Not Being Able To Read Or Edit...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 24, 2007 9:05 AM PDT

Remember, if the files come from a CD, then they will be transfered to the new computer as "Read Only".. Change that, after the file is transferred to the new machine, by RIGHT clicking on the file, choose "Properties", then UNCHECK the box that says: "Read Only".

Also, floppy discs are notorious for being unable to read after long periods of time expecially on newer XP system.. .. They can be corrupted easily.. Sometimes, you can recover the files simply by using a Windows 98 machine to read it.. or by using a recovery program like those provided at the links below:

Hope this helps.


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Office 97 and Vista
by romric / September 24, 2007 6:43 PM PDT

Wow, How quick was that! Thanks to both Kees and Grif - problem solved. I also appreciate you using language that a complete novice like myself can understand - I have looked on some forums where the technical jargon used just confused me.
I now can access 250 years of my ancestors by following your advice.

Thanks, romric.

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And don't forget ...
by Kees Bakker / September 24, 2007 7:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Office 97 and Vista

to make a BACKUP of those valuable data. You don't want to lose it, I assume. Just burn to XCD or DVD and safely store that.


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Back up
by romric / September 25, 2007 6:12 AM PDT
In reply to: And don't forget ...

Yes, Will not risk losing data again, although I may buy a used pc with Windows XP loaded on as a safeguard as I am not too happy with Vista at the moment. Having paid some

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There may be
by PudgyOne / September 24, 2007 11:03 PM PDT

I use Open Office. It's just like Microsoft Excel and Word but it's FREE.

It can be downloaded here

If it a .wps file then how to open and copy is below

After hours of tinkering, here is a free workaround to get .wps files into 2.0 This has been tested and is working on Windows XP and 2000 with 2.0.

Step 1. Download and install the free as of 7/15/06 "Word Viewer 2003" from Microsoft at the following link:

Step 2. Download and install the free as of 7/15/06 "Works 6.0 Converter for Works and Word Users" from Microsoft at the following link:

After Installing both, Launch Word Viewer 2003,

An open dialog appears.
At the bottom of this dialog make sure the "Files of type" is set to "All Files(*.*)". Now browse to your .wps file, select it and click open. A warning dialog will appear, if you trust this file etc. click yes and like magic your .wps is now open!.

Select all

edit copy

Now open 2.0 writer and do edit paste.

You should now be looking at your doc in 2.0.

Choose Save as from the file menu and save your document to your preferred format.

Also, did you try the file transfer wizard? Send the files from one computer to the other.

On the read only ones, right click on them, left click properties, uncheck the read only box, click ok. You can now edit them.


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Open Office
by romric / September 25, 2007 6:21 AM PDT
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Thanks Rick,
Have taken on board your advice re Open Office and am saving all advice for future.
Am now able to read cd's etc so I will leave well alone till needed.
Thanks to everyone for their help.


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Make sure to save them
by PudgyOne / September 25, 2007 9:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Open Office

as so you can open them using Word and/or Excel, if you use another computer.



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