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Windows 7: Office 2000 in Compatibility Mode - Unrealistic Expectations?

02 Sep 2014   #1

Win 7 Pro 64
Office 2000 in Compatibility Mode - Unrealistic Expectations?

I'm one of the elderly members of this community who hates to change platforms without good reason.

Office 2000 is familiar and does most of what I want to do. I'm finding that running it in compatibility mode under Windows 7 Professional x64 is problematic. Most of my problems appear to come from Word documents containing images, often copied and pasted from the web directly. Word stops responding. It can only be restored by a hard reboot which is a PITA. It seems that if both Excel and Word are open, both are reported by Task Manager as 'not responding,' and that is the end of the session. If anything, the problem seems to have gotten worse recently. Could it be an enhancement to the operating system that is just, by chance, causing this problem?

Does anyone have any fixes?



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09 Sep 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro

You could try using a virtual machine or xp mode since you have win 7 pro.

They you can run your old software with no problems.

See here:

Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup

Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

Windows XP Mode - Microsoft Windows

Video: Using Windows XP Mode - Windows Help
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09 Sep 2014   #3

Win 7 Pro 64

Thanks for the suggestion. I tried it. Then I read about having XP Mode open while connected to the Web and concluded that I was no longer interested.

I appreciate that firms like MS need to 'innovate' to generate revenue. I have and use a hammer that my grandfather, born in 1885, would recognize as a hammer, much like the one he used. I have his plant shears. Mine are slightly more sophisticated but work on the same principles. I could use his shears and hammer every time I need such a tool and be happy. It irks me to have MS tell me that the tools I bought from them are 'no longer trustworthy' and perhaps even currently non-functional because they have modified the operating system they forced me to adopt and those tools are incompatible.

Forgive my rant. What is left of my life is short relative to what has already been lived. I don't want to spend a bunch of it learning how to use new tools that do things in new and abstruse ways that, in the end, do not allow me to do more, but rather to do differently.

Thanks for your patience with my impatience,

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