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Can't open 97-2003 Office docs in 2010

Question: Can't open 97-2003 Office docs in 2010

I installed the Office 2010 software on my windows 7 64-bit laptop however now it doesn't open any of my Office files that are from 97-2003? It opens 2007, but nothing before do you know why? Your help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Answer: Can't open 97-2003 Office docs in 2010

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My company recently installed Windows 7 and Office 2010. Every time I try to open a excel file, via a link on our Intranet it asks for credentials.

I ruled out IE, firewall, and the document. I narrowed it down to something in Excel except i can't find it. Its like a security setting.

I was able to open the file when I had Office XP installed but as soon as i installed Office 2010 it won't work.

I've gone into the Trust Center and change settings but nothing seems to help. A pervious answer was given ( but it didn't work.

Any Ideas

Answer:Can't open 97-2003 Office docs in 2010

Does this happen with just one specific Workbook?

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After installing the latest Windows updates, I was unable to open any Word or Excel programs on my computer. The doc opened, but immediately an error message dialogue box came up:

Error message: Microsoft Office cannot verify the license for this product. You should repair the Office program by using Control Panel.

The only 2 options available were to click the X to close, or click OK button. Both resulted in the doc closing.

Control panel --> Office did not display an option to repair.

I run Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Office 2010 Home and Student ... both legitimate store bought products with product keys.

I even tried to uninstall and re-install Office with no change in the results.

I uninstalled the Windows updates with no change, then re-installed them.

System restore did nothing to change the issue.

I would appreciate any help with this issue.

Thank you.

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I'm running Windows 7 on my new computer, which came with a trial version of Office 2010. Rather than buy the full version when the trial expired, I installed the Office 2003 I had on my old -- now dead -- computer. I now find that I can't open the Word and Excel files I created with the 2010 version. Is there a 'cloud' site where I could send the 2010 files and have them returned to me as standard .xls and .doc files? Or is there a free converter available for download?

Answer:Solved: How can I open Office 2010 documents on a computer that has only Office 2003?

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I have Microsoft Works docs saved on my new PC (copied from old PC via flash drive). My new PC (OS Windows 7) does not have MS Works so I downloaded Open Office to use as my word processor. My question-how can I transfer the MS Works docs from their location on my PC into the Open Office software.

Any input appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Open Office software-how do I transfer MS works docs into Open Office applica

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When I File -> Save As, I get a message "WORD has stopped working"
Same results with all OFFICE applications.
And with a separately installed copy of VISIO.

This may be a result of a hang in Easy Transfer.
Easy Transfer was sitting for hours saying "1 minute" remaining.
I terminated the program.
The hang was in the administration section.

// Pete

Answer:Unable to save any docs in OFFICE 2010

Try an Office 2010 repair by going to Control panel\Programs and features.
Then highlight Office 2010 and select change at the top.
Select repair.

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I have a 2003 SBS machine and have various clients connected through exchange to get mail. Users typically leave outlook running the whole day while they work on programs such as access/excel.

I have noticed that on some machines excel and word docs open very quickly over the network until outlook is left open and connected to exchanged. we are opening the files on a variety of win 2003 servers, however when they have their outlook exchange account connected I have seen the docs take anywhere from 3-5x the normal amount of time to open.

I have also noticed that opening email attachments such as xls and doc are also very slow while connected to exchange, but it seems to vary from file to file, some seem better than others.

does the connection to exchange complicate the process of opening docs on remote machines or does it sound like I have a misconfiguration somewhere? I would like to get the performance of opening a file (say a xls) on a network share to be the same as it is when outlook is not connected to exchange.

I do not have these PCs running in offline or cached mode as we have a shared calendar that does not display correctly when I enabled these features. Clients are running office 2003,2007,2010. Turning on cached mode does not seem to make much if any of a difference btw.

Thanks for any insight you may have

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UC Berkeley student and I'm supposed to be writing my thesis which is due soon (tomorrow actually), but am instead entirely inconvenienced by all the computer virus issues I'm running into. I need a solution SOON. I downloaded Avast while in Safe Mode and then had it run prior to restarting my laptop in regular mode and that seemed to solve the bulk of my issues. I've tried everything, including various scanners like Avast, Win Patrol, SpyDoc, ComboFixer, GoRedFix, and more but many don't catch whatever it is and others that do detect it just can't seem to get rid of it...I had a huge mess of problems and I think they are solved except for these: 1-Google searches are redirected, unless I "ctrl" click cashe several times at once. In that case usually one of the pages will be a proper page instead of a scam search site or a random junk site.2-OpenOffice docs aren't opening. (They did right after I first ran Avast, but not any more.)3-This virus somehow crept over to my boyfriend's computer. He hadn't downloaded any programs all month, but yesterday his Google searches began being redirected too and his computer exhibits everything I mentioned in problem 1 but not 2. All of this started for me a weeks and 2 days ago. My professor said I needed to submit my thesis in Word 2003 which I don't have and haven't needed throughout all of my time at UC Berkeley, and really won't really need again after I graduate. A classmate showed me that he got his MS Word from iso... Read more

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Office 2010 has recently been released and it has yet another great feature, conversion of your office document into the format of your choice from the office application ?save as? menu only. Till Office 2007 third party tools were required to convert Word documents , Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations to other formats, with Office 2010 a build-in converter is present which eases the document format conversion.
Here is how you can convert your document to another format in Office 2010 :
1. Open a document in Microsoft Office Word 2010
2. Navigate to File Menu and click on ?Save as? option which is as shown in the screenshot .
3. It will show you all different formats in which that document can be converted.
4. Select a format eg PDF from the list shown
5. Save the document after selecting the format of the file and filename.
Documents, spreadsheets, and presentations can be saved in OpenOffice formats, i.e, OpenDocument Text(.odt), OpenDocument Spreadsheet(.ods), and OpenDocument Presentation(.odp) among many others from the Word 2010 itself. Document conversion feature is available in other applications like PowerPoint and Excel of Office 2010. Here is the location of Screenshot Tool in these applications.
Excel 2010 supports the largest number of formats to convert your spreadsheet into, followed by Word 2010 and PowerPoint 2010.
Use Office Document conversion Tool in PowerPoint to convert into PNG,BMP,... Read more

Answer:Convert your Office 2010 docs into other Formats using inbuilt conversion feature

This was there in 2007 too.
PS: Vasu & I are friends offline and I'm certain that my comment won't be considered as discouraging by him. My comment is more of a "fyi" for the readers. Peace all.

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We are wanting to up-grade our current Office suite Office 2003 to either Office 2010 or Office 2013.  Our PC's are running Windows 7
I would just like to know what peoples opinions and advice is on this?

Answer:Up-grade from Office 2003 to Office 2010 or Office 2013

 I can't speak to Office 2013, but I've done numerous upgrades to Office through 2010.  When you install the new version, you have the option to keep the old version or just replace it.  Starting with Office 2007 the familiar menu bar has been replaced with the ribbons which take a lot of getting used to for folks used to older versions.  There's a little program called UbitMenu that will add most of the menu bar functions back in the 2007 and 2010 versions that a lot of folks find helpful.  If you do opt to have two different versions installed at the same time, what happens is that when you switch from one to the other, it goes through a juggling act that takes a minute or so.  It's a bit of a pain, but if you need it, it could be a convenience.
Good luck.

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I installed Avira free anti-virus, and I also have EI7Pro. I receive a message that my Office docs cannot be opened due to the possible interference by an antivirus program. I tried deactivating the Avira, but still can't get my docs to open.

Answer:Can't open Office Docs

I uninstalled Avira, restarted my computer, and still docs won't open, same message.

I did reinstall Avira, but need access to my documents. Any ideas, anyone?

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Hi. I have Vista with Office 2003 on my laptop. Recently however, I find that if I switch between different user accounts on Vista and then try and open an Office document (Word, Excel etc), it refuses to open. no message, just a blank screen. If I then restart the laptop, everything is OK until I switch accounts. Any help to fix this would be appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Problems opening Office 2003 docs after switching Users

It could be a permissions issue, look here: on the two Tips for more info. MIKE

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I am running Office 2003. I have several clients running 2007. I did download the compatibility pack, but am still unable to open documents with the dotx extension. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks in advance for your help.


Answer:Office 2003 unable to read docs with dotx extension

Are you double-clicking on the file from Windows Explorer? If so that might be the problem. The converter does not kick in for some applications when you do this. Try using the Open dialog box from with-in Word instead and see if that alleviates your problem.

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I have a one year old Toshiba Touch Screen, running Windows 7 and Microsoft Office Pro 2003. I am protected by AVG Premium Security: anti virus, link scanner, email protection, firewall, identity alert/protection.
Suddenly all the custom Word templates that I have created have become corrupted with the date being displayed as { DATE \@ "dddd, dd MMMM yyyy" }. Even when I attempt to insert a date in a new, blank (non custom created) document, it is displayed similarly.
The email address area displays an historic email address that is no longer in existence and is prefaced { HYPERKLINK mailto: ...............}
I have no idea why this corruption has occurred and wonder whether I should reinstall the Office Pro 2003 software; might this solve the problem?
In any event, I would like to know why such a corruption should suddenly occur and what might have caused it - might it happen again? I have never experienced this type of error in almost a quarter of a century using stand alone computers.

I would add that I created this question in a Word document and when I cut and pasted it into this message, the date and email addresses were correctly formatted, although I had typed them in their 'program style form' as above, so I am even more confused and bemused!

I shall be really grateful for any help.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
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Answer:Corrupted Office Pro 2003 Word docs & custom templates

howdy athena, I've moved your thread to business apps, you will get a lot more views there.



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I use Word 2003 as I don't like Word 2010. Lately when I have tried to open an attached document from an email, Word opens, and its all greyed out. Can you tell me how to fix this please?

It also doesn't work with saved documents. They will open with 2010 if I am given the choice, but I prefer 2003. It has been working fine up till the last two days.

Answer:Docs won't open in Word 2003

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I am having a very strange problem.  I have a workstation that cannot open office documents off of the network.  It is not a permissions issue as I can log in as myself (with network admin permissions) and still have the same trouble.  It is not a certain document either it is anything office.  I can copy the document to the local drive and it will open without any trouble but they cannot be opened from the network.  Any ideas on what would cause this???  I will most likely be reinstalling the workstation fairly soon if I cannot find a solution.

Answer:Cannot open office docs from the network

A little bit of digging on google and I got lucky.  It is the result of "Microsoft Office File Validation Add-in" on a XP machine running office 2003 basic.  remove the add-in and all is well with the world again.  Good old microsoft update strikes again 

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Hi all,

Hoping somebody can help me out here. I sent this off to Microsoft about a month ago and have since received three emails in response, one of which said 'try reinstalling' another saying 'are you sure this is the only program in which there is a problem' and a third saying 'please bear with us, we're experiencing high levels of requests right now and need more time.' That was ten days ago.

Yes. Well. I'm hoping somebody out there can help instead

So some background information. I purchased a new laptop about two months ago, on which had Windows Vista (business) automatically installed. I installed myself Office 2007 and updated all the necessary security features and upgrades and so forth. All programs are genuine. This is a decent quality laptop - decent speed (set me back around $2k AU)

About six weeks ago now I began having problems with my computer. It would suddenly freeze on application - the screen would go white and I would lose the ability to click on anything else. alt+ctr+delete had no effect, nor did leaving it alone for a while. Every time this happened I would need to hard restart.

After a system of elimination, I realised the problem occurred when I was opening 2003 Word Documents. (Almost) every time I opened such a document I would freeze up. As a uni student, I'm constantly receiving various documents from other parties which I have been left unable to access.
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Answer:Freezing issue when opening 2003 Word docs in Office 2007

Office 2007 can read previous versions of Office no matter which program in Office you are using, other versions will need the compatibility pack from Microsoft so they can read 2007 version.

I did use Office 2007 myself recently in a temp job for seven weeks and I don’t remember seeing an option to save a document in an earlier version format, is the computer is still under warranty?

What ram and processor have you got? Some problems with Vista are caused because If buying a new PC or laptop beware of the differences between ‘Vista-Capable’ and ‘Vista Premium Ready’
A PC that is &#8216;Vista-capable&#8217; can run Windows Vista, but won&#8217;t necessarily get everything working. <<<<<<<<

&#8216;VistaPremium-ready&#8217; PC, can get all of the more demanding features such as Aero working correctly.

At the very least Vista needs a truckload of memory and a lot of the cheaper notebooks only come with 512mb of ram unless you have paid for extra, where at least a gig is needed, Ideally 2 gig of memory would be the way to go.

But you did say a reasonable lap top and going by what you wrote it obviously was not like this at the beginning. (Two weeks after you brought it, it started to play up, or is that when you installed Office and its been playing up since you installed it? (I am still thinking will post again if something comes to mind)

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On an eMachine with Vista Home preinstalled which means Windows Live Mail (used to be known as Outlook Express) is part of IE. Instead of buying into Office 2007 (converting the trial version installed), I have installed Office 2003. All was fine, the installation went fine. But when attempting to attach an Excel 2003 or Word 2003 documents, the message comes across that Office 2003 is corrupt. Office 2003 has worked fine, and this message appears only when I try to attach to WLMail. I have uninstalled Office 2003 and reinstalled with the same result.

I am thinking '03 is not compatible with WLMail. I'm thinking that I'll stop trying WLM and use Office Outlook 2003. That may be the only fix I need. Keep Vista, email with Office Outlook 2003 and use all of Office.

Objective is to be able to use Office 2003, and attach those documents to an email message.
What's the best combination of OS, Office 2003 and which email system? Thanks.

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I did an upgrade installation from Office 2003 PRO to Office 2010 PRO. I had several issues with Access denied on C:\Config.msi. I usually select retry and all is well. I think I may have missed one of the retries before I did the system restart.
Now I get an error 2203 whenever I reboot, and the Office 2003 installer keeps popping up anytime I try to do anything.
I tried uninstalling Office 2003 and was told that I had a corrupted install. I tried re-installing it and it seems to just hang.
I also tried to uninstall and repair Office 2010.

I'm at a loss at this point.


Answer:Problems after Upgrade Installation from Office 2003 to Office 2010

Do a restore point to before you installed office 2010. then uninstall the office 2003 and do not upgrade.

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My PC OS is Windows 7 Pro and I am using Office 2003
I want to install Office 2010 on it.
I don't want two Office programs but I do want to keep My Doc's etc in the new Office 2010.
What is the procedure? 

Answer:Installing Office 2010 on a PC that is running Windows 7 and Office 2003

Hi fred93 The documents you created with Office programs aren't related to it. You can simply uninstall Microsoft Office 2003, and install Office 2010 and you'll be able to use them again. Simple as that.

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Having upgraded my desktop PC to Office 2010, I need to import three seperate letter template files for use in Word. These were lost during the upgrade but are on my laptop, which still runs Office 2003, as .dot type files and I also have them copied to a memory stick. However, I am at a loss as to how and where to save them into the new programme on my desktop PC. If it makes a difference, I should add that I do not use Libraries and have disabled them.
Can anyone advise please?

Answer:Importing template files from Office 2003 to Office 2010

Problem solved - with a bit of advice from a friend! Unsurprisingly, it's very simple.

- Open the document in Word
- Click "Save As"
- Scroll to top of folder list and, under "Microsoft Word", click "Templates"
- Name the template and select "Word Template" in the "Save As Type" list
- Save it

I still don't know where they are saved to but I can now call them up and use them.


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As my old Office has more stuff on it than Home and Student, should I uninstall the old programme before installing the nwq 2010 Home and Student version or can I retain the benefit of Outlook,Access and Publisher from the old versions if I install Home and Student without uninstalling the old version?

Answer:Changing from MS Office 2003 pro to MS Office Home and Student 2010

You can run both on the same PC with no problems. Just put the shortcuts you want from each programme on the desktop.

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Hey guys, my wife is taking a course that requires her to install Office 2010. The issue is that she wants to preserve her current setup which includes Office 2003 and 2007 existing side-by-side on her Windows 7 (64-bit Home Edition) notebook.
The 2003/2007 setup is not one that she really wants to mess with (i.e., she has no interest whatsoever in uninstalling the two Office suites that she currently has), so ideally she would like to have Office 2010 installed temporarily (for the duration of her course) on the machine without interfering with the current setup.
What is the most painless way of doing this that does not involve shelling out for a second computer?

Answer:Installing Office 2010 on a machine with Office 2003/2007

Hi, welcome to the forum,
I had a similar situation here but in the end I opted out.

I removed both Office 2003 and 2007 and installed 2010, I then used virtual XP and installed 2003 there, 2007 and 2010 are too similar and the dll's will 'bite' along the way.

Even my 2003 and 2007 gave me issues after some time.

Have you checekd what the Microsoft Support site says?

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Hi Gang,

I have a new Vista Premium OS that opens everything fast including Word 2003.
I installed new HP Printer drivers (got on CD from HP) for Vista.
Now Word program and the docs open very slowly, like 2 minutes instead of a few seconds.

So I guessing it has to do with the new printer drivers and something they did to Word or share with Word like fonts?

Do I need to reinstall Word or drivers or correct registry or ?

This is a home system, no server or network so printer is local.

Any thoughts?


Answer:Word 2003 and docs open slowly

Are the drivers for this printer available on the HP website? If so, try downloading and re-installing them from the website instead.


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Configuration: XP Pro/ Office 2003, 2gb RAM.
Issue: Word docs are taking a minute or more to open when I double click on them. Same issue holds true for opening web pages via links in Outlook emails.

Disk defrags are run regularly. Antivirus is up to date and full scans have been run. SpyBot and Adaware have been run. CCleaner has been used to clean up temp files etc.

I have uninstalled Office, cleaned the registry, and reinstalled Office, but the problem keeps occurring frequently (but not all the time.) Problem started about a month ago. I have disabled superflous apps that were running on start up to minimize processes underway.

Any suggestions? Thank you-

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This one is on behalf of my Cousin. He has Windows 98 and Office 2000 installed. Any Word Docs he tries to open in Office 2000 all of a sudden won?t open. He can however open them using Microsoft Works (Word). He has not had any problems opening these Docs in Office 2000 before now. Any suggestions would be gratefully received and I will pass on the information to him.Kind regards to all.

Answer:Word Docs won't open in Office 2000

Does he know whether the "unopenables" carry the doc subscript? It is possible that they are wks or whatever Works calls them.He could try re-naming one of the files as xxxx.doc and then try opening it

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I have loaded MS Office onto my laptop and deleted Open Office, now I can't open my documents and letters that I previously stored. logrin

Answer:Reading Open Office Docs using MS Word

try the odf pluginclick here

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I am not able to open Office docs(Word, Excel) from Win Explorer. It gives me an error message saying it can't find the file c:\my documents\<filename that I am trying to open>. Then it says to check to make sure all the required libraries are present.
If I go into the app, say Excel, and do File Open, it opens fine.

I have done an uninstall and re-install of Office already, same problem.

Running Win 95, Office 97 SR2 on a Pentium 166, 32 MB RAM, lots of HD space free.

Thanks for the help!

Answer:{Solved} Office docs won't open from Explorer

Bear with me, this might be a little tough to write--it's hard enough to say.

In Excel, try this first: Go to Tools-Options, General tab. Make sure "ignore other apps" is NOT checked.

For Word, and for Excel, if the above doesn't work:

Close programs if open. Open Win Explorer. Hit View-Options (or Folder options), click on File Types tab. Scroll down to whichever program and select it. Hit Edit. Select Open at the bottom. Hit Edit again. Here's what mine say the following (though the paths to your exe file may be very different--it's what comes after the *.exe part that's important:

Microsoft Excel Worksheet:

"c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\EXCEL.EXE" /e

use DDE is checked and says:


Microsoft Word Document:

"c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\WINWORD.EXE" /n

use DDE is checked and says:

[REM _DDE_Direct][FileOpen("%1")]
I know this is an area that can fix the problem. But don't ask me what the codes mean! Maybe someone else can shed some light on that.

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I use now MSOffice 2003 but want to upgrade to the Student version 2010 which comes without Access.
Does the Access from MS Office 2003 work in tandem with MSOffice 2010?


Answer:does MS Office 2010 work with Access from Office 2003?

Some information on this in the following links:
Information about how to use Office 2010 suites and programs on a computer that is running another version of Office

Keep earlier versions of Office programs when installing Office 2010 - Excel -

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Hi, all. I hope you can help me.
1. I was previously working on a 32-bit Compaq computer that ran Windows XP, and I used Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003 for my work.
2. I bought a new computer, a 64-bit Dell running Windows 7 Professional, which came equipped with Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010.
3. Because I prefer the MS Word program on Office 2003 to 2010, I installed that on my new computer with the proper keycode. (During setup, I chose only to install the old Word 2003 -- not the old Outlook, Excel or Powerpoint programs.)
4. Installation was successful. The Office 2010 files reside in the Programs directory; the Office 2003 files reside in the Programs (x86) directory.
5. I then instructed Windows 7 to open .doc and .docx files with the 2003 Office Word program.
6. The problem is: Whenever I choose Word 2003 from the Program menu (or click on an actual doc file), I receive the msinstall message, "Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office Standard Edition" for about ten seconds. Then Word 2003 opens. I checked the Windows Event Viewer, which indicates that during this hang, either Word 2003 or Word 2010 is apparently looking for components it can't find.
7. Curiously, if I navigate directly to the Office 2003 folder (called OFFICE 11) and double-click directly on the Winword.exe file, Word comes up immediately. It's only when I double-click on an actual file (or invoke Word 2003 from ... Read more


 When you switch between an Office 2010 program and an older Office program, it goes through that configuring process.  I read somewhere that this is because each version of Office has entries in the registry with the same names but are set differently so it has to go through this little gooney bird dance.  If it's the ribbons (and lack of the menu bar) you don't like in Office 2010, there's a neat little program called Ubitmenu you can download and install that gives you an old style menu bar with most of the Office 2003 features on it.
Good luck.

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Hi all,

I am experiencing an unusual reaction from Office 2007 Enterprise. I am using Win XP SP3.
Office documents, Word, Excel etc...won't open when I am connected to the internet, regardless of connection type, LAN, USB Modem, Wireless wi-fi...
Whenever I unplug/disconnect the internet connection everything goes back to normalcy.

This problem started on first login after installing SP3, although I'm not relating one thing to another and in my opinion this has nothing to do with it, since I am using a similar configuration on my laptop with no problem whatsoever.

As you can imagine this is extremely annoying when working.

Thanks in advance. Any opinions or help will be most appreciated.

Answer:Office 2007 docs do not open when connected to Internet

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so, some of you might have seen posts about the whole "my office docs open slow" where the problem is traced to DDE and if it disabled in the advanced options of a file type and disabled the problem goes away, but its a bad solution, well, its not a solution, its a workaround, which means all excel docs open in seperate application instances of excel making it far harder to copy cells etc between documets, and things like the find function are seperate making it far slower to compre data at a glance,

basically i dont think that work around is a good solution and have been looking for programs like ddespy to monitor whats happening with dde and why its causing the slowdown

recently i found one:

installed it, ran the dde monitor and the following is what i get:

14-08-2009 11:35:12: Restarting DDE Service "METALINK"
14-08-2009 11:35:12: ERROR ! Opening DDE connection: RSLINX\MYPLCREFERENCE, Attempt: 4
14-08-2009 11:35:12: ERROR ! Opening DDE connection: EXCEL\PLAN1, Attempt: 4
14-08-2009 11:35:12: ERROR ! Opening DDE connection: METALINK\COMMAND.NETWORK, Attempt: 9
14-08-2009 11:35:12: ERROR ! Opening DDE connection: METALINK\READ.NETWORK, Attempt: 2
14-08-2009 11:35:12: ERROR ! Opening DDE connection: METALINK\SYSTEM, Attempt: 4
14-08-2009 11:33:12: ERROR ! Starting DDE Service "METALINK"
14-08-2009 11:33:12: ERROR ! Opening DDE connection: RSLINX\MYPLCREFERENCE, Attempt: 3
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Answer:DDE Errors making office docs open slowly sometimes

Just curious about your OS as you didn't mention it. Reason for asking is that I notice that you mentioned rslinx as a problem, and that is part of Rockwell/AllenBradley programming software for PLCs. So, I'm assuming that you work in Engineering or Maintenance, and are using a version of RSLinx that is above Lite.

Not sure of any versions of RSLinx that have been certified to work with anything later than XP, so there is a possibility that this could be causing the problem that you describe. Hope this helps!

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A friend of mine has just installed Office 10, which I believe should more accurately be described as Office 2010. Multi page spreadsheets prepared in Office 2003, of certain finances I look after for him, display without lines or columns on his machine. Can anyone throw any light on this please?

Answer:Office 2003 versus Office 2010

I think your friend will need this

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I have been running Office 2003 since it first came out and continue to run it on virtually all my computers. I have one recently purchased computer with Win7 and thought I would try Office 2010. Aside from the amazingly awkward interface and organization of things, I have noticed:

far more problems with corrupted files in Office2010 than in Office2003
Further, when I send documents via email between computers I find that some .docx files arrive as .dat files. Does not ever happen when files are simply move across the network
xls files created in xl2003 run much faster in their native environment than when translated into xl2010 and run in that environment (benchmarks on the two computers suggest that they are about = re performance)

Has anyone had similar problems

Answer:Office 2003 vs Office 2007/2010

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I am thinking about changing from Office 2003 to office 2010 and wondered what is involved.I have quite a few word documents saved in my documents which I need to keep for a while and there will be more.What happens to these if I change to 2010.Are they still visible and will the still be readable.

Answer:How to change from Office 2003 to office 2010

All that is involved is the installation of the new version after uninstalling the old one. Once you have done that all of your documents will remain precisely where you left them and all will be readable by the new program.

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I bought the 3x family pack for office 2010 but not sure how to install is it just an upgrade or a new install and do I need to uninstall office 2003 first Thank you for any help.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4200 @ 2.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3999 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 1807 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 292841 MB, Free - 199633 MB; D: Total - 12398 MB, Free - 1960 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 3612, 09.67, 2CE9367L31
Antivirus: Shaw Secure 9.01, Updated and Enabled

Answer:office 2003 upgrade to office 2010

There's no upgrade license for Office 2010. It should install just fine over whatever version you have, and it will install just fine on a computer without any previous version installed.

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I have a Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on a Dell Studio 17. It came with Office 2007 trial which was a bad experience.

I have a MS Basic Office 2003 license and want the best legal way to upgrade at minimum cost.

In the end I need a license for 2010.

1) via Dell
2) via MS
3) box store
4) on line store amazon ?

Answer:Going from MS Basic Office 2003 to MS Office 2010

I would say, BOX Store, and get only what you need. If Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Onenotes is fine, then get the Home and student. This comes with a license for three (3) machines, for less than $150.00 US.
But if you need Outlook, then you will have to get the Pro version or better.

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Good afternoon.I am considering updating my office 2003 pro to office 2010pro, my concerns are will my email address, contacts and all my emails migrate automatically, or will I have to export/import. secondly is it possible to run the two office suites along side each other.os is win xp home sp3.many thanks

Answer:migrating from office 2003 to office 2010

"I am considering updating my office 2003 pro to office 2010pro"Why?

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I need to have Office 2003 and Office 2010 installed on the same computer. They won't be running at the same time, but both will be used occassionally so both of them must be installed.

I read somewhere that this is not officially supported but possible.

What's the proper way of doing so? Do I install the Office 2003 first and then 2010?

Is there a way to prevent the setup from running each time I'm switching between the versions? It takes up a lot of time and I think it's unneccessarry.

I want to set Office 2003 as default and I want Office 2010 to start ONLY if I start it manually or I choose to open a file only supported by the new version (like docx etc)

Answer:Office 2003 and Office 2010 on the same computer

See if this Microsoft article helps:

Keep earlier versions of Office programs when installing Office 2010 - Excel -

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I'm not sure when this started as I have not used Office in a few weeks.  My computer uses Windows 7.  Today, I went to open a document in Word and it said "File Conversion--Select the encoding that makes your document readable."  I can choose between Windows, MS-DOS, or other encoding.  I went to check another file and it says "The file cannot be opened because there are problems with the contents."  It also says "The file is corrupt and cannot be opened."  I get the same kinds of messages with every document and with my PowerPoint as well.  All of my Office is 2007.
I tried running my AVG Free and SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition and they did not pick up anything.  I also tried restoring to my last update, but was told that I cannot because the file was changed in the process.  I had to restore for another, unrelated issue about a week ago and it worked fine.
I'm thinking this is some kind of virus but I have no idea how to handle it since nothing is picking it up and I can't restore to even three days ago.  Any help would be IMMENSELY appreciated, as I am a college student and need to be able to hand in final papers!

Answer:Cannot Open Microsoft Office Files; Word Docs Appear as Symbols

Update--I'm starting to think that one of my antiviruses cleaned out the virus because nothing is showing up, but my documents are still corrupted.  I deleted my normal.dotm file, and also scanned my C Drive for errors so I could revert to my backup from November 18, but everything is still corrupted.  I would like to know if 1) I got the virus, or if it is still lying dormant in my system somewhere; 2) if my computer is safe to use; and 3) if there is any way to get my documents back!

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Suddenly, all of my Open Office word processing documents converted into Microsoft Word documents. This literally happened overnight and I have no idea how it happened. The starter kit for Microsoft Office came already on my laptop but I never purchased any of the four programs in the suite. How can I convert them all back to Open Office docs without having to open them up in Word? (The Microsoft Office starter kit gives you something like 20 free "opens" for Microsoft Word but then you have to buy it.) Any help would be truly appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Open office files all turned into word docs! Help!

Hi Roy,

most likely what has happened is that Windows has somehow assigned ODT files to Word.

First, check whether the extensions of the files are still ODT. For this you need to switch off the option "Hide extensions for known file types" in the Folder Options of Windows Explorer (Tools, Folder Options, View). You can now see whether the files have a .ODT or a .DOC extension.

If they are still .ODT, do a right-click on one of them while holding the Shift key and choose "Open With...". Now you check the "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" box and locate "swriter" in the list above. If swriter is not there, you'll need to click on Browse and locate it on your hard disc, probably in C:\Program Files\\program\

After doing this, .ODT files will always be opened by, and the icon will also change accordingly.

If the file extensions are actually .DOC, and you don't use Office, you can use the same trick to assign .DOC files to OpenOffice. Then when you modify one of these .DOC files, don't just Save them, but use "Save As" to save them as .ODT files.

All this is assuming you use Windows XP... I don't know how assigning file types works in Vista...

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Just bought a new laptop with Windows7 64bit installed-my first exposure to Windows7. I had Office 2007 installed on my old Dell 32 bit machine. I had also recently pruchased Office 2010 and installed that on my new machine.

Now, when I try to open those 32bit 2007 files with 64bt 2011, Iget an error message that "no picture file is available", or words to that effect. When I try to "open with", the only option displayed is "Microsoft Office" with an icon that looks like a picture file. When I try to browse to the proper office program(Excel, for example), there are none of teh Office suite programs displayed, only "Microsoft Office".

I can navigate seperately to the proper progran, Excel, etc., and drag the file into the application, and it opens, and all seems to work OK. I "save as" the proper application file, but it still will not open with double-click on the file name.

I have not seen this particular item in the forums and would appreciate very much some help in fixing this issue.



Answer:Office 2010(Win7, 64bit) won't open Office 2007(WinXPr3 32 bit) files

Hello Grubby76, welcome to the forum.

We have an excellent Window 7 File Association Tutorial here:
Open With - Change Default Program

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it's possible that Office was installed improperly, i cannot open any other non Windows app, they all open to Office Word. is this a virus?
System Restore opens to Office, Control Panel works normally. How can I fix this?

Answer:Office 2010- the other apps have Word icons and open to Office.

Is this a legally liensed version of MS Office?
Sounds as if you didn't install Office...who did, in that case?
When was Office installed?
System manufacturer and model?

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I have two problems with Word 2003.

First, regardless of any changes made to a document, when I close the application I do not get a prompt asking if I want to save the changes.

Second, I cannot open more than one document at a time. If I have a document open, and I try to open a second document, it flashes the second document on the screen briefly and then closes it, leaving me with my first document open. There are no windows minimized to the taskbar, and there are no documents (other than the first document I opened) listed in the Window menu of Word.

I have installed all updates and service packs (both for Office 2003 and for Windows XP), and I am not using any 3rd party add-ins. I even tried uninstalling all Office related applications and reinstalling. No dice.

This has been going on for quite some time now, and I cannot find ANY information that seems to relate. I am begging for help here, so anything is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

. o O (I was having the same problem with 2007, but I uninstalled it. I'll get 2003 working properly FIRST, then wrestle with 2007.)

Answer:Solved: Need Word 2003 help (unable to open multiple docs, no save changes prompt)

Word troubleshooting:

Sorry I didn't respond sooner, though OBP did tell me about the thread.

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I now have a new problem, before I managed to open 2007 files by opening Office 2010 and then from inside the application choosing to open a file. The problem I have though is if I just try to open an Office 2007 file then I can't open it, and I can't change the default program to open it.

How do you get Office 2010 to open all the Office 2007 files such as word, excel etc?

Answer:Can't open Office 2007 files with Office 2010!

please don't cross post

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Hello please help me. well I have office 2007 and office 2003 on my PC. So my friwnd gave me a ppt file that is in office 2010 and unfortunatly i dont have office 2010. if there are any converters to convert this file in offive 2007??? or if there is other way to open this 2010 file?

Answer:Open office 2010 PPT files with Office 2007

2010 doesn't have different file extensions from 2007. docx, xlsx, pptx, accdb. You should be able to open those files in 2007 without issue.Also, it's not really the best idea to have two different versions of Office installed. They can conflict, especially when it comes to macros and equations.

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I've recently got a new machine and had copied my old PST file over. Whenever I go to open it I get "File access is denied. You do not have the permission required to access the file C:\Users\*username*\Documents\Outlook Files\*pst file name*"

I created a test archive and was able to open that one (same location ) just fine.
Is there an add-in/converter tool I need to run in order to be able to open my old PST file?

Answer:Open an Office 2007 PST file in Office 2010

How to move your personal folders (.pst) file in Outlook

Also, lots of information about transferring PST files here:
Backup and Restore | HowTo-Outlook

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Recently installed Office 2010 (32 bit becuz it was recommended to do so my MS) and now when I send an Office 2007 file to that PC (both PCs are Win 7 64 it) it tries to open the file in Windows Media!!

What the heck am I doing wrong? I'm beginning to think I should not have purchased Office 2010 Pro and stayed with the Office 2007 on all my machines.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Office 2007 files will not open in Office 2010

That is weird.
Could you please describe step by step how you are sending the file to another PC.
Also, please provide more details on what type of the file that is. And if you create a similar file on recipient PC, will it be opened in Windows Media as well?

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I have a windows xp computer. which of the above is better to use. I dont use either in a professional manner bt unsure of which one to install on my comuter I have discs for both.

Answer:office 2003 or 2010

Either is fine, but a lot changed between 2003 and 2007 so if you're not familiar with 2010 there's a learning curve to it. I generally think that going with the more recent version is better because it keeps you up to date with the current technology. You don't use it professionally now, but someday you might, and it would be good to already know it. Just my two cents.

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Question: Office 2010 + 2003

Hi, currently installed on my machine is Office 2010. I want install Access 2003 because I'm going to be doing a course which requires 2003. 2010 is not backward compatible to 2003!

Now I've done a duel install on my Toshiba Satellite (32bit) and they seem to have cozied up together very well. However on my main machine (64bit system) as soon as I put the 2010 Office on it seemed to have kick 2003 three out of bed
I'm assuming it’s a dust up between the 32bt system and the 64bit??????
I could do the course on the lappy but I prefer 32inch screen to 17 any day!

Access 2003 is not installed at the moment but I'm thinking should I install it to another directory "Programme Files" for win 7U or X86?
But on checking out dir's it seems that "office12/14 are in Prog files and there is "office 12" in X86 not sure if that is left over bits from when 2003 was previously Installed.

How do I get both to work on my 64bit system like they do on my 32bit system?????

Thank you for reading

Answer:Office 2010 + 2003

This is what you need, I guess.

As to our other question, uninstalling Office rarely removes the corresponding Office12 (or whatever version number) folder from ProgramFiles, so I guess that's where it's coming from.

Which version is your Office 2010? If 32 bit, then the fact that your OS is 54 bit would make no difference.

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I was successful in installing Office 2003, activating it, and updating in Windows 7, but every time I open any one of the Office apps I have to click accept on the EULA box. Is there any workaround to make the box go away permanently?

Answer:Office 2003 installs but EULA box appears every time I open an Office application

right-click on a shortcut to one of the apps, and select "Run as Administrator".After you do this once, you won't have to do it again.

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I have some spread sheets on my laptop which I did using office 2003 but now when I open then they open in office 2010.I cannot remember how it happened but I have 2003 and 2010.As I said if I click on the shortcuts to these spreadsheets they open in 2010 and if I go into all programs and click on say word 2003 they open ok then if I click on 2010 it seems as thogh it is trying to set it up it says activation wizard this copy of Microsoft office is not activated.How do I get it back to how it was.

Answer:Office 2003 or Office 2010

Is it a newish laptop? It sounds to me like you have a free trial version of Office 2010, which you may not have realised, and have also installed Office 2003. The free trial of 2010 has now run out, which is why it wants you to activate it (i.e. pay for it...) If you want to keep 2003 and lose 2010 - which I'm guessing you do - then you should be able to uninstall 2010 from add/remove programs.

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When my laptop was cleaned up two weeks ago and returned to factory settings the person who did the work installed office 2010 not sure which version.I did not realise it was on there soOFFICE I reinstalled my version of office 2003.I saw him yesterday and mentioned I had reinstalled 2003 and he said he had installed 2010 so now I have both versions on the laptop.Two questions which is the best and second I have some spreadsheets which were done using 2003 how would using 2010 affect these spreadsheets

Answer:Office 2010 or office 2003

If you Google for the comparison you will read several differing opinions. Lots of people did not like the new Ribbon style when they changed from 2003, it is a personal choice thing. Most say that recalculation in Excel 2010 is faster than in Excel 2003 and they like Powerpoint integration better. Spreadsheets made in 2003 can be read in 2010 but not necessarily vice versa.
Personally I am pleased with the changes, but if you have the space available on your laptop there is no reason why you cannot have both on it. Get used to the differences and then make up your mind later which you prefer.
I presume that the version of Office 2010 that was installed was a legal one and that it has been activated correctly. It would not be good to choose 2010, delete 2003 and then find 2010 will not update etc.

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I installed a trial for Microsoft office 2010 when I was working on some college work to see if it would be worth upgrading. I have microsoft office 2003 already on my laptop. When the trial finished I unistalled the 2010 version but now when i try to open documents from e-mails it wont open up in the 2003 version. I have to then open up e.g word and find the file from there. Any ideas how i can change the settings to make Microsoft office 2003 the default for my documents.



Answer:Microsoft Office 2010 & 2003

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I would like to upgrade from Office 2003 to Office 2010 on my (now ancient) desktop that has Windows XP. I did find this regarding system requirements:\

I know that my hard disk has the required space and pretty sure my RAM is capable. what I'm not sure of is the display thing and "computer and processor". Can someone tell me where I look to see if my machine is compatible with this upgrade for these two things? Or if anyone knows of any issues doing this, please chime in.

thanks so much!!

Answer:upgrading to Office 2010 from 2003 on XP

If you Publish a Snapshot using Speccy, we can take an in-depth look at your computer's hardware and provide more info. I would bet your computer can run Office 2010, it's just a matter of how slow it will be (depending on the age and speed of your hardware).

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I have windows 7 ultimate and I install both office 2003 and 2010 but they cannot work togther. For example if word 2003 is the defalted, when I open word 2010, it is installed agian and become the defalted. Now when I open word 2003, it is installed again.

I want office 2003 to be the deflated and I can open the document with office 2010.

I installed the two programs in different folders

Answer:how to work with both MS office 2003 and 2010 ?

This is normal when two or more versions of Office is installed.
You are going to have to live with this constant installing each time you change versions, or get yourself another machine or install some virtual OS.

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If I save my Outlook 2003 PST file and apply it to 2010, will it contain all my folders, messages (including deleted & sent items) and contacts?

Answer:Office 2010: Upgrade from 2003

Click Here for a solution from the Microsoft Community but note that in Russ Valentines answer he makes suggestions at the end on how to use these links. If you read the full discussion you will see how important these suggestions are.

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Is it possible to have both Office 2003 and 2010 installed on the same computer? (I have licenses for both of them. Some family members prefer the old one, some prefer the new one. That's why.)

If so what are the exact steps to do it? I tried it but 2003 didn't open anymore (it showed error messages)
Also I read updates are not going to work anymore if I do this. Are there any more updates being released for the 2003 edition?
The computer is running Windows 7 Ultimate x86 so it's an x86-only Office (I know it's not possible to mix x86-x64 Office versions but it lets me install 2010 without upgrading the older one)

Also I want to set and keep the older Office as the default handler for all filetypes it supports. How do I do that? 2010 is keep overriding it.

Answer:Office 2003 & 2010 on the same computer

Hello ish4dow

I had both editions of Office 2003 and 2010 installed on my laptop but they did not work so well together
as 2010 was a trial version I just deleted it. So I am not sure if it possible or not maybe other members might be able to shed some light .

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I have an Excel file which has some moving objects as well as some drop down menus. I recently installed MS Office 2007 after erasing 2003. The Excel tables now are disabled, the file now looks like a picture, only the fields outside of the content are really clickable.I have tried to enable all macros, downloaded the MS compatibility pack, still same issue. Any suggestions/ideas? The file works in 2013 and 2016.I can share the file upon request ...

Answer:Office 2003 Excel file will not open with Office 2007

Thank you for your suggestions, here an update: I got the file working - how, no idea. I re-opened the original attachment, deleted the one I had on my PC and voila, it works.

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I am running Office 2003 on Windows 7. My PC is only 6 months old and everything has been running like butter. All of a sudden Office files open slowly when double-clicked from their respective locations (they would normally blink up). If I open Word or Excel and then open the files from there, they open quick. Outlook on the other hand, is just slow to load up...which it wasn't before.

I did a ton of research online and couldn't get a clear fix. My thoughts are:
Anti Virus? (I'm using AVG Free)
Ad-Aware Free? (Ad-Watch live is on...however it was on before)
Windows update or office update?

But obviously I'm here to get your thoughts. It's a pain in the ass when I bought a new PC so it could perform quick, and now spreadsheets and email take 20 seconds or more to open.


Answer:Office files open slowly (Office 2003 / Windows 7)

I just wanted to add that when I disconnect the PC from the internet, the problem seems to go away?

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Hey All,

Here is my issue. The Company we consult for has not transitioned all of the way to Office 2007. We have a number of machines that still have Office 2003. Compatibility Pack works on almost all issues.

Current issue is one of our users received a PowerPoint 2003 that has embedded PowerPoint 2007 files. When the user opens the PowerPoint 2007 file Office 2003 shuts down. He has to download the 2007 file to his desktop.

From what I can see this is because the file conversion process shuts down Office 2003 before attempting to open the PowerPoint 2007 file.

Another issue that may be complicating the error is we had to run a Fixit patch from Microsoft that was causing Excel, Word and PowerPoint to be scanned which caused long opening times. I don't remember the KB article for that one at the moment but will find it if I need to.

Thanks for any help in advance.

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Just about to install office 2003, but want to check if it is possible to open Office 2003 files with Office 2000 with minimum loss.Any experience?

Answer:open office 2003 files with Office 2000?

you should have no problems as i run office 2003 and my co-workers run office 2000 and they can open fine.I think it is only if you start encryting them that causes a few problems

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Since support is about to end for 2003 version, I think that it may be time to change. If I go to either 2007 or 2010 version, I think that I understand that "opening and reading" an "XLS" file will not be any problem since you can use the
Compatibility Pack". I am not so sure about the templates ( XLT ) files. Will I be able to continue those files, because I use them on a daily basis. Will an XLT file open and be able to be used in either 2007 or 2010 ?

Answer:Changing from Office 2003 to either 2007 or 2010

XLS files can still be opened. Supposedly it is possible that some things might appear a little different when opening them with newer versions, but I've never found this to be true. And while I can't tell you for sure, I'm 98% sure XLT files will open just fine too. Basically you can open old format files in newer versions of Office, but you can't open newer format files with older Office versions.

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I tried to create a banner type text using word art- In office 2010- (as per office 2003), and found it was not possible, however reading up another members input, he/she suggested saving a page in 2003 mode then re-opening it.
Tried this and it worked perfect. while I had this page open, I tried some of the other commands and you get a lot more advanced options than with either 2003 or 2010.
Can any explain why this is, and what other hidden options are in Office 2010.

Answer:Microsoft office 2010 2003 options

Any comments please?

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I have all my data on my PC (Windows XP)and now wish to transfer it to my new PC (Windows 8). How do I do this?

Answer:Microsft Office 2003 transfer to 2010

Please can you make it clearer what you want to do.
Is it your office 2003 personal documents and files that you now want to put on your new W8 pc that has office 2010?
If so then just copy them onto an external harddrive, or burn them to dvd, or put on usb flash drive and then plug that into your W8 machine and copy them to your Documents folder and Office 2010 will open them.

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Is it possible to install the 3 different version of Microsoft Office within the same PC? If so, in which sequence? ascending or decending order?

Answer:Microsoft Office (2003 + 2007 + 2010)

In short, NO, not without a bit of hassle at least.
But why would you like to do so in the first place if I may ask?


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What's the difference between the 3? Or is there any difference? I was thinking about upgrading down the road sometime but not sure I will.

Currently I'm very happy with my Office 2003. It works well for me.

Answer:Microsoft Office 2010 vs. 2007 vs. 2003

There is a bit of information here:

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I seem to get lots of files in office 2010 formats which with my old version (2003) i can not open
Downloading the compatibility pack does not seem to help
Any Ideas

Answer:converting files from office 2010 to 2003

First thing to check is to see if your Office 2003 has had all the updates downloaded.

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Hi everyone..

Installed MSO 2010 Beta, separately from my MSO 2003 (alongside 2003) found 2010 a little too difficult to configure/use(that ribbon thing), so I uninstalled it. It appeared to go ok, but upon my using 2003, everything is bolded now (appears unread) and clicking on an email, doesnt mark an email "read" when I click on it. Doesnt change if I "Mark All Read" either.

Anyone have anything similar? Cant mark emails read?


Answer:Office 2010 Beta goombed my MSO 2003 :/

Just uninstall office 2003 and reinstall it. You could try a repair, but it might not work.

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I?ve had the 2010 version of Microsoft Office loaded on my PC for some time but haven?t really found the ?ribbon? feature particularly user friendly, especially for Word. Consequently I also loaded my old version of Word 2003 from Office 2003 onto the machine only to find that after using Word 2003 and going back to Word 2010 (which seems to be selected as the default) I get a screen saying-Configuration ProcessConfiguring Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010.This message remain on the screen for approx. 1 minutes. Is there any way of-? Stopping this screen appearing? Making the 2003 version of Word the default?Thanks.

Answer:Running Word 2003 and Office 2010 on the same PC

Microsoft's recommendation is that you don't install different versions of Office in the same PC. Do you have the original installation disk for Office 2010 from which you might be able to run a repair installation and remove Word 2010?

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Where I work we use multiple versions of Office (XP, 2003 & 2007) later next month our organisation is rolling Microsoft Office 2010 out system wide.

What I really wanted to ask is, has anybody come across a sort of conversion guide from say Office 2003 to Office 2010 so people who have been using 2003 etc. and have very little experience with other newer versions of Office can find out where all the functions (the basics even) are located in 2010?

2007 to 2010 isn't a big jump but 2003 to 2010 is and that's mainly what we have been using.

Let me know if you have as I've been looking on Google today but have yet to find anything good enough that I can use.



EDIT: As luck would have it, I may have stumbled upon something I can use, still open to others though

Answer:Microsoft Office 2003 To 2010 Conversion Guide


Maybe this will help:

Free MSOffice 2007 Training/Reference Manuals

Although its specific to Office 2007, Office 2010 isn't that different and I think its still pertinent.

Attached are some 2010 quick reference guides from the same site. I found them useful when making the transition.

Good luck,

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i have installed office 2010 and in excel i need to save files in wk4 file formate .. and excel 2010 is lacking this feature. whereas excell 2003 has this feature.

can i install excell 2003 alongside office 2010 ?
i need word/outlook/access/onenote/ in 2010 format . whereas excel in 2003.

what are its implications?

Answer:install excell 2003 alongside office 2010

Are you aware that Microsoft will no longer support Office 2003 after April 8, 2014. So you will lose support & updates on Excel 2003, which could make it very vulnerable to virus attacks etc..

Is the wk4 file format used in saving Lotus 123 spreadsheets?. With the above in mind is there any way, you can change over to the fully Excel system, as it would seem you are getting forced into a corner & have to eventually change over.

Whether Excel 2003 will work alongside Office 2010 is something I don't know.

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Hello fellas,

i am newbie on working on outlook and webmail..

i just wondering on how can i imports contacts from my ms office outlook 2003 into ms office outlook 2010.

any helps is greatly appreciated..

Answer:How can i Import ms office outlook 2003 contact into ms office outlook 2010

Here is an article that fully explains the process involved with step by step instruction:

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I am actually trying to install Excel 2010 through SCCM 2007 on computers that already having Office 2003.

The company policy is to keep office 2003. I did the .msp and it runs fine.

The problem is that when i try to install Excel 2010 on all the computers, I have this error message :

AN OFFICE 2003 installation on your computer is corrupted and setup cannot continue. Remove or repair the office 2003 product and re-run setup

I already repaired and reinstalled but I still have that error message.

Somebody has an idea of what is going on.

Feel free to ask me more informations, I will response to your question as soon as possible.

Thanks for your help.

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In 2003 I purchased a laptop and installed Microsoft Office 2003 using a disk and the numerical key. I should note that I no longer have that disk but I still had the numerical key. In 2013 Microsoft had a special offer to upgrade to Office 2010 using a download from their website and using a new numerical key. I have now purchased a new computer (and will be scrapping the old computer ) and would like to bring this Microsoft office 2010 from the old laptop to the new one. Since I no longer have the original disk can I just download the file from the Microsoft website? If I can which numerical key should I try to use?

Answer:Microsoft Office 2003 Standard Edition & 2010 Upgrade

The 2010 office key worked.

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since I installed SP1 for Office 2010 I have problems with opening some (not all!) older Word documents created with Word 2003 (*.doc). I get a message that Word can't read the document and it is probably corrupt.

On a other client (same OS, Office 2010 without SP1) I can open the same document without difficulty.

Has anyone an idea?

Thank a lot

Answer:Office 2010 SP1: Problem with opening Word 2003 documents

Hello curuska, welcome to the forum.

Are the two computers accessing the exact same document from the same location, or is the same file saved to their own local disk?

A quick test to try:
Open Word, select File?> Open
Choose the corrupted file (but don?t open it yet)
You will notice that next to where it says ?Open?, there is a little drop-down arrow. Click on this and change the option to ?Open and Repair?, then click on it.

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Gives me a message about single image cannot find files. ranoffcat that says office not installed, its in my list of apps, all sections word, excel,etc. I do have my activation key, and all office apps worked with win7.. where do I go from here to fix it. Never mind got it working

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Trying to put Office 2010 on a machine running Windows Server 2003 R2 (SP2) with Terminal Services.

The machine will be set up so that anyone requiring the usage of Office 2010 can use RDP to log onto the server and use the programs there.

1) Do I need a specific version of Office 2010 to make this work?
2) Is this a violation of the license agreement for Office 2010? (Obviously I care about this less than the first part, but I'd like to know.)

The only reason I ask is because apparently my friend tried to install a version of Office 2010 we had lying around and it apparently gave him some weird error about Terminal Services... haven't seen the error myself but I thought I'd ask before I try this again.

Answer:Office 2010 on a Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 machine with Terminal Services

Not sure about 2003, but with 2008 the Volume License Enterprise version of office is required.
Investigate that aspect. we tried installing office pro 2007 on our TS with Windows 2008 and it balked so i did some research and there are several posts that said it had to be VL Ent.

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Hi everyone,I could do with some help,please.

I have always used Microsoft Office 2010, ( Outlook) to recieve my emails. It was working perfectly up and until Tuesday (yesterday). When I started it up today, it refused to open .
It went through the normal procedure of checking add-ons then hung on the following checking process:-
I know cannot get into outlook at all.

My OS is Microsoft Windows 10 pro x 64bit

Not too long before I had recieved updates. This is worrying as i cannot get at all my stored emails.

Help! please.

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Hello!I have office 2010 home. When in Excel, the file is open - is it possible to change the file name? When I go to "File" tab, any selected file gets open on one click, although in the Windows control panel it is set so that a file should be opened on two clicks. Is it possible to set the same way in Office? Thank you, Helen O

Answer:Office 2010 open with two clicks

If a file is open, you cannot rename it, though you can use Save as... to save it under another name. In this case, you will have two identical files under different names. If the Excel program is open and you click File and then click Open, that is already two clicks. I do not know a way to both use File menu and double-click method to open a file. In my opinion, one extra click is unnecessary and does nothing but accelerating the wearing of the mouse.CoolGuy

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Hi guys, im hoping someone can help. For some reason i cannot open Microsoft office 2010, it is genuine, i downloaded it from the microsoft website. It has been working fone since i bought it and i use it on a regular basis for work, mostly for spreadsheets. I have just been away on holiday for ten days, i went to open a spread sheet and a message came up that said " Cannot open microsoft office, go to control panel to repair then try again" So i went to control panel i found the programme and i clicked repair, after a few minutes it said the programme had been repaired successfully but when i go to open it i get the same message. Any ideas will be much appreciated. Thanks

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Running Office 2010 and when in excel the File tab at the top will not let me click on it to save the document or print. I have to type ctrl P to get to that screen. Also in Outlook I can't click on the print tab now. Is there a fix for this?


Answer:Office 2010 File tab will not open

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

You may have a corrupted Office installation so insert your Office DVD and choose the Repair option.

Failing that, you could run an anti-virus scan, just in case. Malwarebytes is an excellent tool for this.

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I have office home and student 2010. I cannot open 2003 or earlier word and excel files. What to do?

Answer:Solved: cannot open 2003 files with 2010

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Hi all... well, after folks from this forum spent countless hours helping me resolve 'every known registry issue to mankind' found on my old HP Pavillion, I finally went and did the right thing...

I got myself a NEW computer!

Anyway, after installing MS Office 2007 in the new pc, I then used my memory stick to transfer "squillions of MSWord 2003 docs from my old computer to the new one".

I knew I would have to go through some sort of procedure to be able to "read" the MSWord 2003 docs in MSWord 2007"... but after a day and a half of "TRYING"... I have given up trying to figure it out and am turning to my friends on this board to guide me.

At this point in time, when I try and open a (transferred) MSWord 2003 doc in my new computer, instead of seeing text all I see are symbols and weird looking gobblygook!!!

I then click on my MS Office symbol up in the top-left-hand corner and click on "Save As"...and then Save As 1997 - 2003 MSWord doc".

I then close out the window and click on the "saved" doc on my desktop... it opens still in the unreadable "gobblygook / weird symbol" format.

I then click on CONVERT... but in all fairness, I don't know what I am doing and I am completely confused by all of this.

I tried "Googling the problem" to see if there was an A - Z path that I could follow that would solve things for me... but like 99.999% of A - Z paths, they've never A - Z!
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Answer:Help Needed getting MSWord 2003 docs to open in MSWord 2007

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Hi Guys - I'm new to this site and not very tech savvy or sure of which forum topic to post this under. If I'm not posting under the right topic please let me know which topic thread would be more suitable.

I run Word 2007 on Windows 7. I recently had a virus hide all my documents and programs - the virus has been removed but it has changed things around.

I cannot open the word documents I have stored in My Docs. All the icons next to the name of the word files are showing up as a little orange page - when I click on the file name, a Microsoft Office 2010 window comes up which says "The Microsoft Office Product needed to open this file is not installed on your computer". And then it has the invitation to purchase Office 2010.
Does anyone know what's going on here with this and know how I can rectify this & change this back somehow so I can open & read these docs in Word 2007 again?

I can open Word 2007 and make a new document and save it but if I go to open it again it has been converted into this other file with the orange page icon and I cannot open it.

(I can open & save in wordpad - the wordpad doc can be saved in My Docs and it will reopen so I can read it again. Also my music, picture and video files all open ok.)
HP dv6 Notebook Pc
Intel - i7 - 2630QM CPU @ 2.00Ghz
8GB ram - 64 bit operating system
Windows 7 Home Premium

thanks so much

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I'm looking for thoughts comparing these two apps?  I realize that OO is free , but now Ashampoo Office 2010 is being offered for $14.99 US. What I'm asking is; is Ashampoo's offer worth the bucks? It appears to me that Ashampoo has some good apps. I use Ashampoo Snap 3 and it works well. As far as "Office", I'm still using Office 2000 and it does everything that I require.What's happeng is ; I'm trying to help a friend (at quite a distance, by email and phone) that just purchased a  PC. It's OS- Win 7 64 bit- and I'm afraid that this PC that he purchased knows more about him that he knows about it . BTW, I did get him to download Open Office and without being there it was awful difficult to help him. He so far has not got it installed. I'm hoping that perhaps for $15, Ashampoo's version may be (at least just as good or better?) and also wondering if it would perhaps be any easier for him to install . Anyone have thoughts on this?.Thks, overthehill

Answer:Open Ofice vs Ashampoo Office 2010

I've never used Ashampoo, but I just looked at their website and the price was $59.99 USD.  You might double check what you get for $14.99.I do use Open Office occasionally and it works fairly well.

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I'm having an issue with outlook whenever I try to open it, it says "Cannot start Microsoft Outlook." I'm not sure what the problem is, could anyone please help me.

I'm running Windows 7 32 bit.

Answer:I can't open Microsoft Office Outlook 2010.

See whether you can find All Programs > MS Office > Office Tools > Office Diagnostics. Run that and see what happens. I have only Office 2007, so I am not 100% certain whether that is the same setup for 2010.

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Hello, the problem is the following. Updated Office 2007 to Office 2010 Pro Plus, Windows 7 Enterprise. Now when you open some presentations, the program says that the file is corrupted. Is it possible to claim? Tell me, I would be very grateful.

Answer:Doesn't open the file Office 2010 Pro Plus

hi all , basically your problem can be solved by using powerpoint repair tool, you can find the solution here :

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Suddenly I can't open Word in my Office Starter 2010. It says "must be repaired before it can run." Then asks me if I want instructions for repairing and nothing shows up when I click yes. I can't open Excel either. I get "program can't start because gfx.dll missing. Can anyone tell me what I should do? Thanks.

Answer:Can't Open Word or Excel in Office 2010

Welcome to the MG Forums.

'gfx.dll' is part of Office 2010; if it is missing, try running a Microsoft Office repair:
Control Panel | Programs and Features: right-click on Microsoft Office and select Change, then on the installation panel click Repair.

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I have been using Office 2007 and have just purchased Office 2010. Installed it today and all seemed to install Ok except when I went to open Outlook I received the message: "Cannot start Microsoft Outlook.
Cannot open the Outlook window.
The set of folders cannot be opened.
The operation failed.The messaging
interfaces have returned an unknown
error.If problems persist, restart
Outlook. Outlook cannot open this item.
The item may be damaged"
There are then buttons for "Repair Tool" or "Cancel"
In "Repair Tool", a box then comes up asking: "Enter the name of the file you want to scan" Where do I find this?

Should I delete this new installation and start again? If I do, will I loose all my e-mail files including Address Book?

Answer:Upgraded to MS Office 2010 - Outlook won't open

Did you upgrade overtop of 2007, or did you remove it first and then install 2010? A clean install is always better.

You didn't give any details as to what kind of e-mail account you have. Either way, you should have backed up your info to a .pst file, unless you are using IMAP or Exchange, before running the upgrade. I'm guessing you didn't. If not, search your computer for a .pst file or a .ost.

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I have windows 7 and I just tried to open a document in Microsoft Word Starter and got the message (attached) Microsoft Word Starter 2010 cannot be opened. Try again or repair the product in the Control Panel. I went to the control panel and uninstalled word starter but I don't know what to do now. Can anyone please help me?

Thank you

Answer:Microsoft Office Starter 2010 Won't Open

Hi jmrpjb,

Please double-check if the program that you uninstalled is 'Word Starter 2010' or 'Office Starter 2010'? Please share the exact steps that you performed to uninstall it.

You may also try the following steps to repair the 'Office Starter' in the mean while:
- Click 'Control Panel' > 'Programs' > 'Programs and Features' > Locate 'Microsoft Office Starter - English' > 'Right click' it and select 'Change' > Select 'Repair' > Follow through with the repair process

- If the issue persists, you may also try to uninstall 'Click to run' and configure 'Office Starter' again: "Cannot be opened" error when you start an Office Starter 2010 program.

'Office Starter 2010' is a 'factory installed' program that may not be re-installed. If any vital file has been accidentally deleted; or the program could not be repaired by the above mentioned steps, you may have to try to restore the system settings back to 'factory defaults'.

You may want to have a close look at the following article also:

Hope this helps. Please share the findings; will take it forward.

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