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Word 97

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Now I've got your interest... or bear with, bear with:

 

 

I have a CD copy of this with its OEM and have used it without hiccup since about 1997.

 

Now suddenly it has a problem that reinstalling it doesn't seem to resolve.

 

I have gone to OpenOffice to preserve an important old document but I don't like it much (tho no big problem of course).

 

Any possibility MS have done something to squidge aged programs like Word 97?

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think there was something in Webuser mag this week about windows updates doing stuff to old software.

it would appear that they also stuff 10 into a file ready to be installed.

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Your comment had me googling for info and while the mag is not accessible online free, I did find this:

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows_10-win_upgrade/a-look-at-running-older-versions-of-microsoft/6faf72ea-254a-4c8e-9982-2c36cdb1936c

 

from June this year and it says MS declared that Office 97 would work with 10, by which I would have assumed Word would too.

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I looked at a forum and it mentioned Libre so I downloaded it as a second potential replacement/back up (oddly given its name, you have negotiate a plea for a donation first).

 

It saved an Open Office doc in the same format (ending .odt), which surprised me.

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I remember I had a problem with Open Office (can't remember what) and since then have used Kingsoft Office without any issues.

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A security update, KB3086255, in September, stopped you using any CD's or DVD's with copy protection software.

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I'm amazed a near 20 something year old piece of software would actually still work on any modern OS. I think you had a good run :)

 

Time for an upgrade me thinks :P

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Oddly, JBG, I ought to have escaped that (which of course I didn't know about) since it is a copied CD rather than the original - or am I being naive.

 

But also that contradicts what I read was a staple of MS progs that they pledged to have them work for life.

 

EGM, of course it's a good run but, as above, working for life is not working for 20 years.

 

Bert, I will look at Kingsoft Office. Another one I haven't heard of - thanks.

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