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Windows 7: Office 2003 slow with Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

21 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Office 2003 slow with Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I have recently upgraded my OS to Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit from XP 32bit. When I was running XP, Office 2003 ran fine on it, nice and quick. Since installing Office 2003 with Win 7, I have found that documents drag on it. By this I mean, if I'm scrolling down an excel spreadsheet or word document, it will be quite slow and the text will "flicker" as I am scrolling down. Basically, I can't scroll down as quickly as I could on XP. This is particularly noticeable on larger documents.

Also, for example, if I insert a row of cells on Excel, it is slightly delayed and certainly not as quick as it was with XP.

I have installed SP3 for Office 2003.

I have tried Office in the XP mode on Windows 7 and this actually seems to solve the problem but I found that the XP mode slowed down other programs that I was using on my PC so I would prefer to find a proper solution to the problem.

I also installed the 60 day free trial of Office 2010 on my PC and I still encountered the same slow issues. So I am certain this problem has something to do with Windows 7 and Office.

Has anyone encountered the same problem and does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix it?

Thanks in advance.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

At a guess, I'd say your graphics adapter may be the culprit.

Download and install the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, which should flag up any problems that may occur as a result of the upgrade.

Also, can you please post your system specs?

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Thank you seavixen.

I think you're probably right about my graphics adapter - it's a Matrox G450 MMS Quad Graphics 128MB card. I run 4 monitors for daytrading. It's quite a few years old - at a guess I'd say 10yrs although I bought it second hand. Matrox don't supply a driver for Windows 7 for this card although they do have drivers for XP and Vista which work fine on Win 7.

My system specs are:

Dell Studio 450
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q8200 2.33GHz
Win 7 Ultimate 64bit

I have actually found a solution since my first post - I went to Control Panel - System and Settings - System - Advanced System Settings - Advanced - Performance Settings - Visual Effects and then I chose "Adjust for best performance". This seems to disable the Aero feature and puts a classic grey theme on the windows. Excel and Word are a lot quicker now. Bit of a shame as I like the look of Windows 7 Aero but performance is more important for me.

I guess the only solution is to buy a more recent quad graphics card that can cope with Windows 7 Aero?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Run the Windows 7 Uograde Advisor, which should flag up any incompatibility issues.

Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

Disabling Aero was probably best for your current situation, but I think a better graphics card should solve your problem.

A new thread in the Graphics forum should result in best advice as to what to buy.

Just a thought, though. When you installed your graphics driver, did you use Windows Vista Compatibility mode?
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