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Compatibility of Office 97 and Office XP

By thomasray ·
Hello, thanks for taking this question. I am a desktop support person who has been given the task of integrating 27 new machines into a network consisting of over 700 machines. My issue is that the new machines are being setup with Office XP, but the company is still using Office 97. My worry is that there be conflicts between the two versions, for example: Many people share files (word, excel) and all will still be Office97, and these 27 people will be Office XP. Can you tell me if I will orwill not have issues. Thank You very much for your time.

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Compatibility of Office 97 and Office XP

by DKlippert In reply to Compatibility of Office 9 ...

Aside from some odd macro/API problems that the average to above average user will never see, you should have almost no problems
The exception is Access. There are file format differences that cause some - not insurmountable - problems. 2002 can read 97 - 97 can't read 2002. The databases can be converted if needed.

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by DKlippert In reply to Compatibility of Office 9 ...

The formats are the same. The functions may be a little different, but you can, in Word for instance, Go to Tools=>Options=>Save
And choose to Disable features Introduced After Word97. You can do this on the few machines with XP.
Still, there aren't any show stoppers. Installing both versions will only lead you to more problems.

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by loydster In reply to Compatibility of Office 9 ...

You will have issues.

If someone with office 97 sends a file to someone with office XP, when the file comes back, the Office 97 will no longer be able to use the file correctly.

The only solution is to train 27 end users with the XP to 'Save As' an office 97 file type. And even then it is iffy.

I would try to convince your company to purchase 27 licenses for Office 97 from microsoft. Then you could use the existing media (Office 97 CD's) to load up the other machines. After deleting XP of course. And jumping up and down on the CD.

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by loydster In reply to Compatibility of Office 9 ...

You will have issues.

If someone with office 97 sends a file to someone with office XP, when the file comes back, the Office 97 will no longer be able to use the file correctly.

The only solution is to train 27 end users with the XP to 'Save As' an office 97 file type. And even then it is iffy.

I would try to convince your company to purchase 27 licenses for Office 97 from microsoft. Then you could use the existing media (Office 97 CD's) to load up the other machines. After deleting XP of course. And jumping up and down on the CD.

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