existing XP system to Windows 7

I intend shortly (within the next 10 days) to purchase a new computer pre-installed with Windows 7.

Will I still be able to use my previous (XP) word and excel files with Windows 7 or will I have to purchase the special download/purchase Windows 7 Professional?

Any constructive response would be most welcome.

Many Thanks in advance.


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Which version of 7 doesn't matter.

by seanferd In reply to existing XP system to Win ...

As long as you have Office installed on the new machine, it will work with the Office files from your XP system.

If the version of Office on XP is Office 97 or older, once you open each document, you may want to convert it to one of the newer formats to be able to use the features of your new version of Office and save the files.

If you plan on removing Office from your XP system and installing it on 7, most versions of Office 2003 and later are compatible with 7. Office 2000 may have some problems (I'm only aware of some issues with Outlook which may or may not affect you). Anything earlier will not work well on 7.

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I'm not really sure what you are asking here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to existing XP system to Win ...

If you mean can you open existing Word Files in Office Loaded on Windows 7 then the answer is yes.

If you mean can you install your current version of Office onto a Windows 7 System that all depends on what it is. But assuming that the legalities are OK the best option is to use the Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser available from M$ free here

Depending on what you are buying you may need to know that Office doesn't come as part of the new computer it's an Extra,. Though most off the shelf systems will come loaded with a Trial Version of Office it is limited to being usable for 30 days then it stops allowing you to save things that you have edited.

I hope that is of some use to you.


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