Windows 10: Can older Version of Office be loaded onto Win10?

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    Windows 10 Pro 1709 16299.192
       06 Nov 2017 #11

    I have a copy of Office 2003 and its been installed on every W10 version to date. The only thing that didn't work was the Office menu bar. W10 complained when I tried to install it.

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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       06 Nov 2017 #12

    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. Based on Gabe Aul's screenshot, we can pretty much confirm Office 95 and Office 97 will likely run....
    Microsoft Community - Forum Article | A look at running older versions of Microsoft Office on Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 364
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       07 Nov 2017 #13

    nithig said: View Post
    So the question is: can a 2007 Office be loaded onto Win 10?
    Nithig,

    Yes, Office 2007 is fine with Windows 10.
    • I have it on three Windows 10 computers [Home, Pro, x86, x64] and have no problems.
    • Updating to the Fall creator's update [Ver 1709] succeeded without incident.


    Check your new computer before installing Office 2007. You might well have a short term [1 week / 1 month] trial version of Office 2016 / Office 365 installed on it. You could uninstall it before installing Office 2007 to help ensure no problems came to bite you later on [see Uninstall Office from a PC - OfficeSupport].
    • If you really are just going to use Word then I think that you could get away with having both versions installed at the same time.
    • Judging by the reports of other users, the real killer is trying to have both versions of Outlook installed.
    • Since you would only have a short term trial of Office 2016 anyway, there'd be no harm in getting rid of it.


    I have stayed with Office 2007 for the same reason you are doing so; I do not want to pay for something I do not like when I can stick with what I like without spending a penny.

    Do note that Office 2007 is no longer supported.
    • Its updates to Tuesday 10th October 2017 are still available but new ones will not be issued.
    • Newly-identified security vulnerabilities in Office 2007 will not be patched.
    • You will be well-protected by Windows defender but your security vulnerability will be greater than it would be if you were using a currently-supported Office version.


    You could consider changing over to OpenOffice, LibreOffice or one of the other free versions. Many people seem to be happy with them.

    Denis
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  4.    07 Nov 2017 #14

    storeageman, Bree (v. helpful that testing in the garage) and Try3 (I will check out those free versions you mentioned).

    I'd just like to say thanks for your posts. I feel a lot better about purchasing Win 10 now and I presume the updates
    mentioned in this thread, viz V 1607, 1703 & 1709, will all show-up when I initiate Search for Updates.

    best wishes
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