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Will Older Version of MS Office Run on Vista?

by jainagray / December 1, 2008 1:36 AM PST


I'm thinking of getting a laptop from Dell - Inpiron 1525. It will have Windows Vista Home Basic Edition SP1 installed. I use MS Office97 on my desktop and have the install CD for it. Does anyone know if I can install and run this software on the laptop under Windows Vista?



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Will Older Version of MS Office Run on Vista?
by vistaluvr / December 1, 2008 2:03 AM PST

The short answer is probably not. Office 97 was made for Windows 95 and 98 users. Vista is built very differently than Windows 95 and 98.

What you can try to do is run Office 97 in Vista's Compatibility Mode. This will allow you to run the program as if you were running it on an older system. The way you set this up is you right-click on the Office 97 icon and go to Properties. From there, click the Compatibility tab.

A screenshot and detailed instructions can be found at

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office 97 on vista
by pdhutch49 / December 5, 2008 11:53 AM PST

I have vista basic on a minimal configured pc and installed office 97 and use all features with no problem.

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Pretty sure
by Jimmy Greystone / December 1, 2008 2:13 AM PST

Pretty sure, though not positive, that Office2000 on will work fine with Vista, but older versions get to be a bit iffy.

Of course there's OpenOffice which is a free alternative, and should be every bit as capable as Office97. Microsoft has come out and said that they consider OpenOffice to be about OfficeXP level, so that's 2 releases beyond what you have.

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Parts did work, others failed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 1, 2008 2:18 AM PST

But let me start with the fact you can open and edit Word 97 documents with Open Office and save them in Word 97 document format.

Word 97 sort of ran. There was a launch error but it ran.
Spell check failed.
Access 97 was chock full of errors so I'll call that a total wipeout.
Excel had the same open error as Word 97 so while it ran, it was not without error.

Try Open Office.

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Will an old copy of windows office run on vista
by whiskey63 / December 5, 2008 11:14 AM PST

Well the short answer is NO,you can try but from my experience it will not run,it may not even load!!! Hope this helps Whiskey 63

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Older versions of MS Office on Vista
by chrispill / December 5, 2008 6:00 PM PST

I am using Office 2000 on Vista Home Premium quite successfully.

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Bob's experience is typical, but not a rule.
by Paul C / December 5, 2008 6:31 PM PST

I have run Office 97 Small Business Edition on computers using Windows XP and now Vista Home Premium with almost no problems (and yes, Bob, the spell check does work).

That said, I am transitioning to Open Office, as the issues Bob noted do crop up now and again, and I'm tired of doing workarounds...

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Office 97
by rmf / December 5, 2008 9:27 PM PST

I am running Office 97 on a HP desktop that came with Vista home premium. Getting it loaded was a struggle and it runs, but kind of hinky sometimes. The only things we regularly use are Excel and Word. Excel seems to work fine, Word stalls sometimes. I think I will move to Open Office instead of the overpriced MS Office

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Will Older Version of MS Office Run on Vista? Office 2K fine
by caraj / December 6, 2008 8:27 AM PST

Office 2000 runs perfectly on Vista.

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Dell 1535
by greyster / December 9, 2008 3:52 AM PST

I just bought this and love it ...good luck!

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Help with Office 2000 & Vista
by ozcs / December 12, 2008 10:08 PM PST
In reply to: Dell 1535

I am thinking of installing Office 2000 on my Vista machine. How hard was it to install? Any bumps, or roadblocks to be aware of? I would appreciate any help.

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In short.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2008 10:10 PM PST

Uninstall other versions, install Office 2000.

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Office 2000 & Vista
by ozcs / December 12, 2008 10:27 PM PST
In reply to: In short.

Uninstall what? I have a new "off the shelf" computer that I haven't added anything to and it only has the "trial version" of excel and word, which are the only programs I want. I only need the older versions since I only do basic letters and spreadsheets. I know I am not very computer literate and want to make sure I get all information before I attempt this (if I attempt this). Thank you so much.

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You found it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2008 10:34 PM PST
In reply to: Office 2000 & Vista

That 'trial' version should be uninstalled. This is all I did and my Office installed fine.

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Vista and Office 2000
by ozcs / December 12, 2008 10:55 PM PST
In reply to: You found it.

Thank you so much. I just might give it a try.

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