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Old 16-10-2013, 23:45
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I've just bought a new pc and now I find that Office 2003 is not compatible with W8. I suppose I should have checked but assumed that as both are Microsoft products there wouldn't be a problem.

Has anyone tried to use Office 2003 with W8 and succeeded, or got any helpful suggestions?

Thanks.
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Old 16-10-2013, 23:56
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Not tried it myself, and although MS say it's not officially supported on Windows 8, a lot of people are saying that they can get the main applications installed without many issues... you may find a number of small compatibility problems but by and large it seems to work... Some people are reporting that installing it on Win 8 Pro is most likely to work well, rather than Windows 8 Std

http://www.eightforums.com/software-...3-win-8-a.html
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Old 17-10-2013, 00:58
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You may be better off using LibreOffice it's free and may be more compatible.Nothing to lose trying it.....
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Old 17-10-2013, 07:22
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It worked to some basic degree on Win7 if you installed SP3 but there were various new quirks/bugs that came up. My understanding is MS drew the line under it with Windows 8, which is hardly surprising since its end of life next April. I guess you could try doing a custom install and adding bits at a time - I know previous versions of Outlook caused problems with Win7 for example.

If all you want it for is Word and Excel then there is a free starter version of Office 2010. Otherwise LibreOffice is basically the next best thing to Office 2003.
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Old 17-10-2013, 20:35
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Thanks for your replies.

I've been doing a bit more searching since yesterday (including that forum linked to above) and overall I'm not too sure it's going to be worth persevering to try to get it to work, there are many more having trouble than being successful with it.

I should say that it's my wife who is keen to use Office since she has been using it since 2005 and has become comfortable with it. LibreOffice does look a good alternative though so I'll look ito that I think as well.

Thanks.
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Old 18-10-2013, 11:40
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I've successfully installed Office 2003 on Windows 8 Pro (64 & 32), at different times.

Install Office 2003 and all the necessary Service Packs. Make sure compatibility mode is not selected on any of the programs. Excel had a problem with loading files, when clicking on them directly. If I remember correctly when this happens an error message (can't remember the exact wording) pops up. If you note the message, paste it into Google search, somewhere out there the resolution has been posted!

Libre Office is a good alternative, but you can get minor formatting problems.
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Old 18-10-2013, 11:45
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Another alternative office suit is Google Docs - cloud based.
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