Windows 10: Will Word XP work on Windows 10?

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  1.    13 Jan 2017 #1

    Will Word XP work on Windows 10?

    I've read threads here saying it won't work at all, and threads saying it works with no problem. Some people who say it works have trouble with getting Word docs to open from emailed links. I did too when I first tried using it with Windows 7 but there was a little program written by someone that solved that problem. I can't remember what it was, though.

    Anyway, I may be forced to buy a new laptop if my HP laptop's cooling fan problem can't be resolved. So I really need to know if Word 2002/2003 (don't know which one it is) will work with Windows 10.

    Thank you.
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  2.    13 Jan 2017 #2

    Try installing it and see what happens. I recommend running the installer in XP mode - right click the installer .exe file, select properties then choose Windows XP on the compatibility tab.

    If it works fine, if not then just uninstall it.
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  3.    13 Jan 2017 #3

    If it doesn't work, consider setting up vmware with Windows XP installed in it so you can run Office XP there.
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  4. storageman's Avatar
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       13 Jan 2017 #4

    FYI. I have Word 2000 installed and running under W10. It works like a charm.

    Disclaimer: YMMV - There are a few features that do not work !
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  5.    15 Jan 2017 #5

    If you have Windows 10 installed, you can use free online Office here - Access Denied

    The work will be saved in Onedrive from where you can copy to any other folder. Do not know if online version is back compatible with your version of Word which you haven't specified but probably 2003. But I have Office 2016 which the online version is based upon, and Word 2003 docs are compatible.
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  6.    16 Jan 2017 #6

    It's Word XP which I believe is either 2002 or 2003. Went to the site you linked to and can't sign in so I'll have to work on this laster today.
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  7.    16 Jan 2017 #7

    "Went to the site you linked to and can't sign in "

    You need your Microsoft account sign-in which will also have OneDrive linked to it. If you sign in to Windows 10 with it, you should automatically be signed in on the free Office apps page.
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  8. Berton's Avatar
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       16 Jan 2017 #8

    kelliann said: View Post
    It's Word XP which I believe is either 2002 or 2003.
    Office XP and Office 2002 were known as the same, came out shortly after Windows XP hence the naming. In the applications of the suites click Help, should give the version number such as Office 2016 has version 16 for it's applications. Office 2013 has version 15 applications.

    I've installed Office 2000 on the Insider Preview of Win10, basics work just fine but haven't needed to use more advanced features.
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  9. Bree's Avatar
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       16 Jan 2017 #9

    The official line is...
    Versions of Office prior to Office 2007 are no longer supported and may not work on Windows 10
    Which versions of Office work with Windows 10? - Office Support

    however, unofficially you should be fine...
    What about older versions of the suite though, such as Office 2000, Office XP (2002) and Office 2003?
    Recently I came across an article by noted Windows extraordinaire Paul Thurrott discussing a recent Twitter tease from Gabe Aul (Engineering General Manager for Data and Fundamentals team in Microsoft's Operating Systems Group) showing a vintage version of the suite; Office for Windows 95 running on Windows 10...
    With a volume of questions on the Windows 10 Reservation forum asking whether their Office 2000, 2003 or XP version is compatible; I decided to do so some test for users who would like to know. So, I went in the garage and looked for those exact copies to try them out on Windows 10...
    A look at running older versions of Microsoft Office on Windows 10 - Microsoft Community
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  10. Berton's Avatar
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       16 Jan 2017 #10

    Here's a History of Microsoft Office gleaned from a page at Wikipedia:
    Microsoft Office suites and versions

    The Microsoft Office for Windows started in October 1990 as a bundle of three applications designed for Microsoft Windows 3.0: Microsoft Word for Windows 1.1, Microsoft Excel for Windows 2.0, and Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows 2.0.

    The Microsoft Office for Windows 1.5 updated the suite with Microsoft Excel 3.0.

    The Microsoft Office for Windows 1.6 added Microsoft Mail for PC Networks 2.1 to the bundle.

    The Microsoft Office for Windows 3.0, released in August 1992, contained Word 2.0, Excel 4.0, PowerPoint 3.0 and Mail 3.0. It was the first version of Office to be also released on CD-ROM. In 1993, The Microsoft Office Professional was released, which added Microsoft Access 1.1.

    In 1994, Microsoft Office 4.0 was released containing Word 6.0, Excel 4.0, PowerPoint 3.0 and Mail. Word was called Word 6.0 as there were already Macintosh versions of Word 3, 4 and 5 (Excel and PowerPoint were already numbered the same as the Macintosh versions).

    Microsoft Office 4.2 for Windows NT was released in 1994 for i386, Alpha, MIPS and PowerPC architectures, containing Word 6.0 and Excel 5.0 (both 32-bit, PowerPoint 4.0 (16-bit), and Microsoft Office Manager 4.2 (the precursor to the Office Shortcut Bar).

    Microsoft Office 4.3 was released as the last 16-bit version, containing Word 6.0, Excel 5.0, PowerPoint 4.0. Office 4.3 (plus Access 2.0 in the Pro version) is the last version to support Windows 3.x, Windows NT 3.1 and Windows NT 3.5. Windows NT 3.51 was supported up to and including Office 97.

    Microsoft Office 95 was released in August 1995. Again, the version numbers were altered to create parity across the suite every program was called version 7.0 meaning all but Word missed out versions. It was designed as a fully 32-bit version to match Windows 95. Office 95 was available in two versions, Office 95 Standard and Office 95 Professional. The standard version consisted of Word 7.0, Excel 7.0, PowerPoint 7.0, and Schedule+ 7.0. The professional edition contained all of the items in the standard version plus Access 7.0. If the professional version was purchased in CD-ROM form, it also included Bookshelf.

    Microsoft Office 97 (Office 8.0), a major milestone release which included hundreds of new features and improvements, introduced command bars, a paradigm in which menus and toolbars were made more similar in capability and visual design. Office 97 also featured Natural Language Systems and grammar checking. Office 97 was the first version of Office to include the Office Assistant.

    Microsoft Office 2000 (Office 9.0) introduced adaptive menus, where little-used options were hidden from the user. It also introduced a new security feature, built around digital signatures, to diminish the threat of macro viruses. Office 2000 automatically trusts macros (written in VBA 6) that were digitally signed from authors who have been previously designated as trusted. Office 2000 is the last version to support Windows 95.

    Microsoft Office XP (Office 10.0 or Office 2002) was released in conjunction with Windows XP, and was a major upgrade with numerous enhancements and changes over Office 2000. Office XP introduced the Safe Mode feature, which allows applications such as Outlook to boot when it might otherwise fail. Safe Mode enables Office to detect and either repair or bypass the source of the problem, such as a corrupted registry or a faulty add-in. Smart tag is a technology introduced with Office XP. Some smart tags operate based on user activity, such as helping with typing errors. These smart tags are supplied with the products, and are not programmable. For developers, though, there is the ability to create custom smart tags. In Office XP, custom smart tags could work only in Word and Excel. Microsoft Office XP includes integrated voice command and text dictation capabilities, as well as handwriting recognition. Office XP is the last version to support Windows 98, ME and NT 4.0. It was the first version to require Product Activation as an anti-piracy measure, which attracted widespread controversy.

    Microsoft Office 2003 (Office 11.0) was released in 2003. It featured a new logo. Two new applications made their debut in Office 2003: Microsoft InfoPath and OneNote. It is the first version to use Windows XP style icons. Outlook 2003 provides improved functionality in many areas, including Kerberos authentication, RPC over HTTP, Cached Exchange Mode, and an improved junk mail filter. 2003 is the last Office version to support Windows 2000.

    Microsoft Office 2007 (Office 12.0) was released in 2007. Office 2007's new features include a new graphical user interface called the Fluent User Interface, replacing the menus and toolbars that have been the cornerstone of Office since its inception with a tabbed toolbar, known as the Ribbon; new XML-based file formats called Office Open XML; and the inclusion of Groove, a collaborative software application.

    Microsoft Office 2010 (Office 14.0) was finalized on April 15, 2010, and was made available to consumers on June 15, 2010. Office 2010 was given the version number 14.0, to avoid the version number 13.0 due to superstition relating to the number thirteen. The main features of Office 2010 include the backstage file menu, new collaboration tools, a customizable ribbon, protected view and a navigation pane. Microsoft Office 2010 also features a new logo, which is similar to the 2007 logo, except in gold, and with a slightly modified shape.
    One can see from this list how different a response could be if dropping part of the suite number such as saying Word 10 instead of Word 2010.
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