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    • #194534 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger


      I have a very large spreadsheet that I used with MS Office 2003 Professional (Excel) on my old XP computer and I wanted to transfer it on my new Windows 10 computer.  The Office 2003 Professional software installs fine on the new, but with my spreadsheet file I am using, it crashes immediately after trying to edit a cell.  I set the compatibility mode for Office 2003 Professional on my new computer before using because it would not load to “windows 8”.  I tried all the different compatibility settings and they wont even run.  I even tried saving the file as a different compatible version from my old computer, removing my anti virus, and copying the entire excel spreadsheet to a new document and re-saving it.


      It always just crashes but not on my old XP machine!

      Nathan Fakhouri

    • #194537 Reply

      Da Boss

      I know Office 2003 works under Win7. Did you try Win7 SP1 compatibility?

      In addition to compatibility mode, you might try installing as Administrator (right click the install file, run as admin) and/or running as Administrator (right click the desktop/menu icon, run as admin – there may also be a check box in the “properties”).
      But your main problem is going to be the changes in default permissions between Win XP and Win10.

      Have you tried Libre Office (open source – free)? It installs on Win10. The Calc program handles most functions in .xls and .xlsx spreadsheeds.

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      What version of Windows 10 do you have? If you have Windows 10 Professional 64-bit, you can run Hyper-V, and set up a Windows 8.1, 7, or XP session in Hyper-V. You will basically be running a previous version of Windows within Windows 10.

      You can then install Office 2003 in your Hyper-V session, so that Office doesn’t have to run according to the rules of Windows 10, but rather whatever Windows version you have installed in the Hyper-V session.

      If you are running Windows 10 Home, you could run VMWare or Virtual Box rather than Hyper-V. Otherwise, it will be the same as with Hyper-V.

      Group "L" (Linux Mint)
      with Windows 8.1 running in a VM

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