Windows 10: Microsoft Works 7.0 won't install on Win 10 Solved

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  1. Posts : 1,555
    W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
       01 Dec 2017 #1

    Microsoft Works 7.0 won't install on Win 10


    Microsoft Works 7.0 won't install on Win 10

    However, I have it installed on my other windows 10 computer without issue so far. The issues Works is not detecting that Internet explorer in installed. It tried to install the Internet explorer & tools that came with it & says it can't be installed on 64 bit machine. I thought about converting it to a 32 bit system but I don't think it would still install. Anyway to fix this issue?
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  2. Posts : 4,237
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       01 Dec 2017 #2

    Works 7 is probably too old but Works 9 is okay, also last version produced. Haven't tried 8.5 yet, may as soon as I find the disc. And some older programs are particular when it comes to 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows, critical to know which version is installed.

    One doesn't simply 'convert' from one type or bitness of the OS to the other, requires a clean install.
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  3. Posts : 1,555
    W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       01 Dec 2017 #3

    Berton said: View Post
    Works 7 is probably too old but Works 9 is okay, also last version produced. Haven't tried 8.5 yet, may as soon as I find the disc. And some older programs are particular when it comes to 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows, critical to know which version is installed.

    One doesn't simply 'convert' from one type or bitness of the OS to the other, requires a clean install.
    I knew that. I already had hard enough time to get it switched to mbr & to be able to backup the system but that was resolved. I probably try it later, I think it still won't install. Unless someone knows how to modify the registry to look like internet explorer 6.??? or 7 & outlook is already installed. I don't why manufactures put gpt table on a 500 gb drive & use secure boot. I just got a Inspiron 3552 laptop. I also don't know if Windows update will have 32 bit drivers.
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  4.    02 Dec 2017 #4

    Why bother when you can use online MS Offi apps or use e.g. Libre Office which should read older MSWorks files? Worth trying at least.
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  5.    03 Dec 2017 #5

    Hi there.
    even better idea.

    why not run those old legacy apps as a Virtual Machine --you could even run them on an XP VM - just give the XP machine 768MB (yes less than 1GB) of RAM and it will fly on modern machines. If you don't like XP run VISTA or W7 as VM's. I would advise against running an older version of W10 as a VM because it's quite hard to stop the wretched thing updating itself -- updates are good for typical users but if you want to run legacy (i.e old or discontinued) software you need a stable environment that doesn't automatically update.

    If you have no experience of VM's -- it's a great learning curve anyway so you should have a bit of fun setting it up. A typical modern laptop can easily run some VM's these days.

    As far as an office clone is concerned -- try WPS Office -- works far better as an Ms Office clone than Libre Office and is FREE as well and works on Windows 10. It's 99.9% compatible with Ms Office -- seems to be --even EXCEL although no VBA stuff -- most people don't use VBA in their EXCEL work anyway.

    Free Office Software, Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012

    Note - there's no email client so you'll need to find one if you use email -- I like Thunderbird as you can run loads of accounts and also connect to exchange servers but there are loads of other ones out there depending on your needs.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6.    03 Dec 2017 #6

    I was about to suggest that Jimbo, I think this is the user's best option.
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  7.    03 Dec 2017 #7

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there.
    even better idea.

    why not run those old legacy apps as a Virtual Machine --you could even run them on an XP VM - just give the XP machine 768MB (yes less than 1GB) of RAM and it will fly on modern machines. If you don't like XP run VISTA or W7 as VM's. I would advise against running an older version of W10 as a VM because it's quite hard to stop the wretched thing updating itself -- updates are good for typical users but if you want to run legacy (i.e old or discontinued) software you need a stable environment that doesn't automatically update.

    If you have no experience of VM's -- it's a great learning curve anyway so you should have a bit of fun setting it up. A typical modern laptop can easily run some VM's these days.

    As far as an office clone is concerned -- try WPS Office -- works far better as an Ms Office clone than Libre Office and is FREE as well and works on Windows 10. It's 99.9% compatible with Ms Office -- seems to be --even EXCEL although no VBA stuff -- most people don't use VBA in their EXCEL work anyway.

    Free Office Software, Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012

    Note - there's no email client so you'll need to find one if you use email -- I like Thunderbird as you can run loads of accounts and also connect to exchange servers but there are loads of other ones out there depending on your needs.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    No disrespect but this is a sledgehammer to crack a nut. I can understand doing this for legacy bios games or apps that do not have a modern equivalent.

    Anyway, you need licences for even XP vms.

    Using a modern equivalent is the answer ie time to move on!
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  8.    03 Dec 2017 #8

    There is Microsoft Works version 9.7.613 free which apparently works on 10 - dunno how legit it is a I can't find official download link..

    BTW: WPS Office free is good but be aware it's adware.
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  9.    03 Dec 2017 #9

    I've read that LibreOffice can open Works files too.
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  10. Posts : 1,555
    W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       03 Dec 2017 #10

    I got it working but it wasn't easy. It caused some other issues but I got those fixed as well. Using x86(32bit) it installed all the drivers but one. The pci encryption/decryption controller is not needed. It is basically a driver for systems that use secure boot on a 64 bit system. That took sometime to find that information out. So, I just disabled it. No issues with doing that. Works may have caused a problem with the startmenu crashing & causing duplicate shortcuts in the start menu. I fixed it using TDLrecover.exe plus options. I didn't have to restore pinned items back.

    The reason I want 7.0 is for the Microsoft works Database. I created a checkbook programs that work very well for me. I wanted it on the laptop. I got a couple of those works 7 cd.

    I have 5 columns. Date, Item used, Place used, Credit, Debit & Balance. The Balance column is locked. To tell the database what to do, I put in =Balance+Credit-Debit it worked years for me. If there was any free program that would do that please let me know. I will try it out on the laptop.
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