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Old 25-05-2013, 10:24
James Ralston
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Hi all

This is really in reference to Office 2000. I've read it should run fine (bar 'Outlook') on a Win 7 machine.

Would I be able to open a Word file (saved on a Win 7 OS) onto a Win 98SE computer ?

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Old 25-05-2013, 10:39
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If you save the Word file in the older .doc format it should work with no problems. I used to do it transferring files from Windows XP to Windows 95 and vice versa. If the file is saved in the newer .docx format it won't open. There are docx viewer programs around but I don't know if they work with Windows 98SE.
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Old 25-05-2013, 10:57
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If you save the Word file in the older .doc format it should work with no problems. I used to do it transferring files from Windows XP to Windows 95 and vice versa. If the file is saved in the newer .docx format it won't open. There are docx viewer programs around but I don't know if they work with Windows 98SE.
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Old 25-05-2013, 11:08
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If it's the same version of Office on both computers then you don't need to do anything special.

Provided Office runs ok then the versions of Windows on the two computers is irrelevant with regard to being able to share Office files.

Office 2000 works fine on Win7 for me, and I can share Office files across two computers using wi-fi.
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Old 25-05-2013, 11:16
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There were converters one could install, that were used to open newer formats in older Office. But if you use the same Office, there will be no problem. And you can always save your files in old format. New features won't be supported, but you'll get the most of it.
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Old 25-05-2013, 14:20
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If it's the same version of Office on both computers then you don't need to do anything special.

Provided Office runs ok then the versions of Windows on the two computers is irrelevant with regard to being able to share Office files.

Office 2000 works fine on Win7 for me, and I can share Office files across two computers using wi-fi.
There were converters one could install, that were used to open newer formats in older Office. But if you use the same Office, there will be no problem. And you can always save your files in old format. New features won't be supported, but you'll get the most of it.
Thanks guys. And when you say the 'same' version of Office, do you mean '2000' ?
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Old 25-05-2013, 14:38
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And when you say the 'same' version of Office, do you mean '2000' ?
Any version of Office, provided it's the same on both computers.

If you have different versions of Office on the two computers then there's usually a solution but it gets a bit more complicated. Post again if that's the case and you need help - although some of the earlier posts address that issue.
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Old 25-05-2013, 22:04
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Any version of Office, provided it's the same on both computers.

If you have different versions of Office on the two computers then there's usually a solution but it gets a bit more complicated. Post again if that's the case and you need help - although some of the earlier posts address that issue.
Thanks John (and others)
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Old 25-05-2013, 22:16
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Any version of Office, provided it's the same on both computers.

If you have different versions of Office on the two computers then there's usually a solution but it gets a bit more complicated. Post again if that's the case and you need help - although some of the earlier posts address that issue.
Yeah but that doesn't matter as long as the file is saved in a file format that can be read by both Office versions (i.e. the older doc rather than docx format).
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Old 26-05-2013, 20:03
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Blimey. My guess is that it took about fifty times as long to write the original message and wait and then read these answers, as it would have taken to just try it out. Two minutes max I'd say.

OP the operating system is irrelevant, what matters is the software. Old versions of things won't read newer format data, though the newer software can usually output documents in older forms.
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