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Windows 7: Office 2003 with Window 7 Issue solution


11 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Office 2003 with Window 7 Issue solution

I still use Microsoft Office 2003. I have a database built that I have used for years with the Access. Since I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro, I have been unable to get it to open so I can add information. Well, it opens but only as "Read-only". I tried everything to get this to work. I finally called Microsoft and tried to get the Windows 7 group to help but they told me they would have to get the Office group involved in a three-way conversation. Anyway, long-story- short, they each blamed the other for the problem. No one wanted to say it was their issue. Finally the Office tech support said they would help but it would cost me because of the software being so old. Even though it worked great until the upgrade to Windows 7.

So, I fixed it myself. This is how. I downloaded the New Microsoft Office 2007 trial version and installed it. Opened my old database and it worked fine. So, I saved that datebase again with a different name. Closed the Office 2007, uninstalled it. Ran my database with Access 2003 and it now works.

Don't ask me! I can't say why or how but it works now.

Believe me ... I tried everything before installing that trial version of Office. I could not get it to quit telling me it was "Read-only". I changed everything I could find.

Anyway, it works now. Just in case one of you out there in the world runs into this same issue and doesn't want to pay the Office Tech Support group to try and fix it ... and then tell you they can't but tells you to buy the new Office 2007 for a few hundred bucks.


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11 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Yochanan View Post
I still use Microsoft Office 2003. I have a database built that I have used for years with the Access. Since I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro, I have been unable to get it to open so I can add information. Well, it opens but only as "Read-only". I tried everything to get this to work. I finally called Microsoft and tried to get the Windows 7 group to help but they told me they would have to get the Office group involved in a three-way conversation. Anyway, long-story- short, they each blamed the other for the problem. No one wanted to say it was their issue. Finally the Office tech support said they would help but it would cost me because of the software being so old. Even though it worked great until the upgrade to Windows 7.

So, I fixed it myself. This is how. I downloaded the New Microsoft Office 2007 trial version and installed it. Opened my old database and it worked fine. So, I saved that datebase again with a different name. Closed the Office 2007, uninstalled it. Ran my database with Access 2003 and it now works.

Don't ask me! I can't say why or how but it works now.

Believe me ... I tried everything before installing that trial version of Office. I could not get it to quit telling me it was "Read-only". I changed everything I could find.

Anyway, it works now. Just in case one of you out there in the world runs into this same issue and doesn't want to pay the Office Tech Support group to try and fix it ... and then tell you they can't but tells you to buy the new Office 2007 for a few hundred bucks.

Welcome to Seven Forums, Yochanan.

It may have worked because bringing it into Office 2007 automagically converted it into a form that could be re-used - either that, or waving the magic chicken.

Seriously, thanks for posting the issue and your solution. I suspect it will help some other folks who are having similar problems with older software. Please hang around and help us get everybody up to speed.
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