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Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista

[updated 19th March 14:45 - added App Compat fixes KB article] 

I seem to be being asked this question a lot, so I thought I would blog the answer.  The short answer is yes, you can run Office 2003 on Windows Vista.  For that matter, you can run many other applications on Windows Vista too.  For those who want details on how to do this, go to this page.

Lets start from the top - most Windows applications run unmodified under Windows Vista.  Some have been designed to, others have been certified to ensure they do.  Details of this list can be found at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933305 and includes products like Office 2003 (and 2007) and so on including those by Corel and so on.  There is also then community maintained lists, such as http://www.iexbeta.com/wiki/index.php/Windows_Vista_Software_Compatibility_List for software that people believes does or does not work.  Microsoft have released patches to Vista to increase the number of applications that run without any changes or user interaction.  Details of this patch at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932246

Should you get a program that will not run in Vista then there are a number of features that continue to enhance the ability to run untested / older software on your PC.  The simplest of these is the "compatibility tab" where you can go and choose compatibility mode or OS version you wish to run the application as.

On the same page will be options to change screen resolution, always run as an administrator, disable visual themes, dpi scaling and desktop composition. 

You might also find this tab is grayed out - normally due to the fact that the program is not linked to a .exe, but to a MSI install (e.g. the office applications).  To get round this you may have to create a new shortcut linking to the actual exe file required.  If you don't know how to do this - start the application, open up Windows Task manager (press Ctrl-Shift+Esc) and go to the process, then right click on it and select properties - this should help you.

If this fails, which is might to occasionally for those rarer applications there are several things to do.  One, let Windows Vista sends back the error report so we are aware of it - that way we can fix it if the issue is in Vista, or work with the application vendor to get it fixed.  The next route of attack to solve this problem is to use the diagnostic tools we provide (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927386) and if that fails, the application compatibility toolkit (which is more for business).  I would start looking at pages like http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/aa905066.aspx and http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/aa904987.aspx.  After all this, download a copy of VPC 2007 (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/virtualpc/default.mspx) and see if this can help you.

 

ttfn


David

 

 


Posted Mon, Mar 19 2007 2:45 PM by David Overton

Comments

Article Feed » Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other … wrote Article Feed » Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other …
on Tue, Feb 27 2007 11:22 PM
Bill Smith wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Mar 4 2007 3:13 AM

We own a travel agency with 20 PC's and 20 Office 2003 licenses. Recently my wife installed a copy form the same distribution disks on her laptop. It installed OK with no extra license needed to be purchased. But today she bought a home PC with Vista Ultimate. I tried to install Office 2003 for her on the tower but it would not let me. Help?

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Mar 4 2007 8:00 AM

Bill,

what error message did it give?  If you need to send me a picture (press print-scrn or PrtSC when the error is on the screen), please do so to doverton@microsoft.com.

thanks

David

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Mar 4 2007 8:08 AM

one quick point - you cannot install Office on more machines than you have purchased licenses for.  If you have a volume license or Full Packaged Product then you can install it on one machine to replace anohter eg buying a laptop to replace a desktop.

Volume licensing is available for 5 licenses and above and  gives home use rights.  OEM licenses are not transferable between machines and should be installed or supplied when a machine is purchased

ttfn

David

Christian Sizemore wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, Mar 7 2007 7:50 PM

Hey David I have installed Vista Business on machine on a Server 2003 AD Domain. Also on that machine I installed Office 2003. Everything functions great other than the EULA makes you accept each time you open a program i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher. Do you know how I can get this to stop. Also I have accepted it as the Admin like I do when installed on Windows XP. Any thoughts? Thank you for your time.

Christian

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, Mar 7 2007 10:31 PM

Hi Christian,

Have you updated to the latest service pack for Office 2003?

thanks

David

Tim wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Mar 8 2007 11:45 PM

I am trying to install Office 2003 and keep getting an error message:

ERROR EXECUTING FILE:

E:\Office11 - Disc 1- Professional\setup.exc

The requested operation requires elevation.

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Fri, Mar 9 2007 12:03 AM

OK,

Two things - I have never seen an Office 2003 CD with this file structure on it - I would check to see if it is genuine.  

As an aside, when a program says this, right click on the setup.exe file on the CD and click "Run as administation".

Please note, if this copy has been tampered with and contains any viruses or other malware, doing this will load the nasty stuff onto your system, so be sure it is not nasty first.

ttfn

David

Christian Sizemore wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Fri, Mar 9 2007 12:36 AM

David,

Thanks for the help but Office is updated as of today and so is my Vista Business but I am still getting that error. Any other ideas? Thanks again.

Christian

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Fri, Mar 9 2007 1:00 PM

Christian,

I've just checked support.microsoft.com and discovered that this is a documented problem. Follow the information at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884202/en-us for a solution.  Any problems, let me know.

thanks

David

Christian Sizemore wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sat, Mar 10 2007 1:19 AM

David,

Thanks for all your help it looks like that cleared it up. Thanks again for the help.

Christian

David Overton's Blog wrote Was Vista's arrival a surprises to anyone? No? Then how come so many people were unprepared - hardware vendors, ISVs, even Microsoft to an extent
on Sat, Mar 10 2007 6:01 AM

Lets start off by saying this is a RANT. If you don't like rants, look away now. I saw this in CRN and

karl wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Mar 11 2007 4:54 PM

I called PC world to find out if they sold just an "access" to add to my student and teacher edition 2003.No they didnt. A bird at the other end told me that they only sold the latest in technology,so I asked if my 2003 edition could be used on vista, she said no only office 2007 will work on vista.I then rang microsoft who told me that pc world, currys, john lewis etc, sold just the access if I wanted to buy it.

Well so much for pc world. I won't be going there anymore.

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Mar 11 2007 10:29 PM

Karl,

while we tryto train everybody with everything they need to know, no-one is perfect.  Access can be bought seperately and Office 2003 definately works on Vista.  Ho hum.

Interestingly enough a search on www.pcworld.co.uk's web site for 'Access 2007' brought up the products you want to see :-)  I am sure you can find many other places too.

ttfn

David

esunderland79@iol.ie wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Mar 12 2007 8:12 PM

Hi David

I wonder can you help me on this one?

When i put in my disk to install Office 2003 on Vista i get this message..

"the operating system denied access to the specified file E:\Office11\setup.exe"

Any idea what i can do here?

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Mar 12 2007 11:10 PM

Hi,

I would get the CD checked out - I have also mailed you directly with a request for more information.

thanks

David

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, Mar 13 2007 11:56 AM

Also, the denied access message is often associated with a problem with the Autorun process.  I'm glad to have seen in the mail that you got it working by directly running the setup.exe file.

ttfn

David

novamura wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Fri, Mar 16 2007 10:45 AM

hopefully you can help...

I am running Windows Vista Home Premium on my laptop (pre-installed, also pre-installed was trial version of Office2007 and MS Works)

Soon after purchase I installed Office 2003 and have been using it happily until I decided to uninstall Office2007 and Works...

Now I receive a Windows Installer telling me it's configuring Office 2003 whenever I open click on any Microsoft utility on my laptop (explorer,ie etc etc)

I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling Office2003 but no joy!

I think it's to do with the admin user control thing but am a little unsure how to deal with it?

Help appreciated!

Hassan wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, Mar 20 2007 7:21 PM

Im running Vista Ultimate and i try to install Office 20003 Pro, and i got this message: ERROR EXECUTING FILE:

E:\Office11 - Disc 1- Professional\setup.exc.

I whent this website as discription up --> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884202/en-us: With no luck , i did every thing. It shows up that it was jast simpel. What i did was i open the cd and i jast clikked Install file, and walla it began to install :=)

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, Mar 20 2007 10:17 PM

Hassan,

I woudl love to get to the bottom of this.  Could you find the setup.exe on your CD and right click it and go for properties?  Then look at either the version or digital signatures (or both) tabs and take a screen shot of them and e-mail them to me at admin@uksbsguy.com?

thanks

David

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, Mar 20 2007 10:19 PM

Have you tried going back to a previous restore point before you installed Office 2003 - uninstall Office 2007 and then re-install Office 2003?

thanks

David

Vin wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sat, Mar 31 2007 4:43 PM

I did a clean install with Vista Ultimate on a laptop.  I have the laptop's original XP recovery disks which include, among other things, Office 2003.  Is there a way to load Office 2003 from these onto Vista?  Thanks

Frank Johnson wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Apr 2 2007 6:00 PM

Hello, I have Vista Ultimate working OK on a 3GB Dell Dimension 9200 and have a licensed activated copy of Office 2003 Pro installed and working.  However, anytime I invoke any of the Office Pro apps, I get the popup window re needing to accept the EULA's terms / conditions.  If I click on the Accept button it goes away.  But the next time I invoke that app, the EULA popup comes right back.  Has anyone run into this?  

GayleV wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, Apr 3 2007 9:36 PM

David - THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH. Re my Microsoft Office 2003 EULA and Vista. I followed the link you gave to Christian. I changed the permission in the registry and now the end user license agreement has finally gone away!! Thanks, Gayle

peter wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Apr 5 2007 6:44 PM

I recently installed office 2003 on a vista machine, and other than the EULA issue (which your help cleared up - thanks!), everything seems to work fine until I use Word.  When I open word, there is no problem...I can even create or open a file without issue. However, when I go to save or print a file, word unexpectedly gives me an error:"Microsoft word has stopped working: a problem caused the program to stop working" and then it attempts to download updates.  I have all of the updates, and I've tried reinstalling and validating the office install, but nothing appears to work.  Microsoft's knowledgebase doesn't have too much about this problem either that I could find.  Any help would be wonderful.

peter wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Apr 5 2007 9:56 PM

I wanted to let you know that I fixed the problem myself, so don't bother researching it.  I think there may have been a conflict with all the trials of office 2007 on the machine.  I removed all of them using the remove program option from the control panel.

Then I completely uninstalled office 2003 using the cd, and then I explored the cd, right clicked on setup, ran as administrater, installed - and then I got an error about the installation being improper and would I like windows to reinstall it properly - I said "ok" and tried again, and then it finally installed, reinstalled the updates, and it works wonderfully.

What a headache!  But it works now!

Thanks again for the EULA trick though - that was an annoyance!

stan wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Apr 22 2007 1:47 AM

does everything you have said in this blog apply  to vista 64 bit as well a to vista 32 bit? the two are not distinguishes in discussions!

stan

Jitesh M wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Apr 29 2007 11:51 AM
hiii david i have installed microsoft office 2003 in my laptop running windows vista home premium the installation was perfectly fine i dint face any errors but when i try to open some file in ms word it goes through a virus scan and then hangs there. It doesnt seem to move forward and finaly i have to close it manually from the taskbar. When i open up only the program it opens up fine and am able to type in ther but when i save it and then try to open it again it still hangs at the same point please help me thanks in advance Jitesh
David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Apr 29 2007 10:56 PM

Stan,

I think everything I say on the blog works for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.  Is there anything in particular you are thinking about?

ttfn

David

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Apr 29 2007 11:00 PM

Jitesh,

If you are seeing an anti-virus tool doing some scanning then it is the tool that needs to be looked at - talk to your A/V vendor to see if they can help.  Sorry I can't be more helpful, but I suspect their tool is not working with Office 2007 properly.

ttfn

David

Matt wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, May 1 2007 7:30 AM

Hi David, I would greatly appreciate some input before I buy a laptop with Vista Home Premium OS.  Will the new areo interface work if I just get the Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 or do I need to upgrade to the 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7400 TurboCache™?  Also, will Office 2002 work on Vista Home Premium?  If so, will i be able to connect the outlook to the new features Vista says the neat little things on the screen right side has a outlook task viewer or something?  Lastly, if I don't like Vista, would there be any forseeable problems by uninstalling it and installing XP Pro on the same laptop? Like driver issues or something?  The laptop I am looking at is Dell XPS M1210, T7400, 2GB DDR2..

Thanks Much..

hel bous wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, May 6 2007 3:08 PM

I just bought a toshiba satelite with vista premium home. I cannot "find" the office suite. I have from my previous pc a cd of ms office xp professional, can I install xp onto vista?

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, May 6 2007 10:10 PM

Matt,

I can't find a 100% certain answer - Only Intel can answer this question, sorry.  However my Toshiba M400 has the intel 950 chipset in it and I run with Aero enabled.  Due to the fact that it is shared memory the performance is not amazing, but I get by.

Also, if you have Vista Business or Enterprise then you can downgrade to XP without cost to yourself, however this option is not available without buying XP for that machine on the home SKUs.

Office XP (2002) support is documented at support.microsoft.com/.../932087 it states that Office 2000, XP, 2003 and 2007 are all known to work on Vista.

ttfn

David

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, May 6 2007 10:13 PM

Hel,

Office XP works on Vista, however you need a valid license.  If your XP copy of Office is a Full Packaged Copy (pretty boxed copy) and you removed it from the other PC, then yes you can load it.  If it was an OEM copy (shipped with the PC and no retail shop box) then this is only licensed for use on that PC and then the answer would be no.

Home and Student Edition of Office 2007 ships in the UK for less that £100 and can be installed on 3 PCs in the same household.

ttfn

David

Jonathan wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, May 9 2007 8:05 AM

im running windows vista ultimate, and i cant install office 2003 pro.  everytime i try it will get about half way through the install, right up to one of the wizard files i think, and then vista will blue screen and restart, ive tried running as admin, in xp compatibility mode nothing works, i never had this problem on vista rc1, anyway, just wondering how to get around this

thx

David Overton's Blog wrote Buying Vista and then installing an old version of Office - what are you allowed to do
on Wed, May 9 2007 5:03 PM

I have already discussed on this blog what is and is not support for Office on Vista (any version from

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, May 27 2007 9:18 AM

Jonathan,

Blue screening on an application install is a very bad sign and no amount of trying to work around it will help.  It basically means that there is a driver on your system that it does not like.  My guess would be sound or printer - mail me offline and I will gather some information from you to help understand the issue.

ttfn

David

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, May 27 2007 9:18 AM

Jonathan,

Blue screening on an application install is a very bad sign and no amount of trying to work around it will help.  It basically means that there is a driver on your system that it does not like.  My guess would be sound or printer - mail me offline and I will gather some information from you to help understand the issue.

ttfn

David

David Overton's Blog wrote Responding to another "I can't load Office 2003 on Vista" e-mail
on Sun, May 27 2007 10:49 PM

[updated to correct a typo - 10:48 27th May 2007] I get lots of mails similar to the one below as a result

maxwell Joseph wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, May 29 2007 12:03 AM

I have installed office 2007 on Windows vista

windows installer keeps poping up every time i open an office application

and its taking a long time to run through the configuration wizard and then opens

Greg Kris wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, May 30 2007 11:38 PM

Found this thread whilst trying to find out more about the EULA agreement registry problem on Vista.

Thanks for your indirect help!

Greg

Shane wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Jun 17 2007 7:06 AM
Thanks for help with office 2003 prblems.
Greg Funk wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, Jun 19 2007 6:24 PM

Hi, i'm trying to install Office 2003 Pro on Windows Vista Home edition.  Error messages appears - DATA ERROR (cyclic redundancy check).

Any idea?

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, Jun 20 2007 12:05 AM

Greg,

this normally means that you have a read error on your CD.  See if you can copy it to your hard disk and install from there - if you get a error while copying then you know what the problem is.

ttfn

David

amit wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, Jun 20 2007 5:32 PM

Hi

I'm trying to install Office 2000 on Vista Home Premium. The install worked fine but everytime I start one of the applications, windows installer opens up, runs for a while and then disappears and the app is opened. Is there anyway of getting around that.

Also, everytime I open excel, it gives an error message about one of the libraries stdole32.tlb is missing or damaged and reinstalls it.

How can I fix this? Thanks in advance

Jim Dornfeld wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, Jun 27 2007 5:04 AM

Aloha David:

I was searching for support on fixing a problem with Office 2003 after installing Outlook 2007 on Vista and found your blog.  Thank you for the help - your advice fixed my issue - and it is nice to see that you're still out in the technology world helping others.

Viva la Sequent!

Mark wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Jul 5 2007 12:49 PM

Hi David, I was wondering if you'd come across this issue I having with Outlook 2003 SP2 and Vista Home Premium.

Everything in Outlook more or less works fine except the following:

can't send new message and can't reply, reply to all or forward an existing message. The alert message I get each time is "The operation failed".

Windows updated Office to SP2 last night, and I'm wondering if this is causing the issues I'm having today.

Many thanks for any insight into this issue.

Mark

Mark wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, Jul 11 2007 3:26 PM

Hi David, got my issue sorted. During installation Outlook didn't create an Outlook Data file. After I created one, everything started to work fine.

Mark :)

Shravan wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Jul 23 2007 5:18 PM

i brought new Dell xps M1210 in that windows vista Home premium is pre installed , i don't like Vista, would there be any forseeable problems by uninstalling it and installing XP Pro on the same laptop? Like driver issues or something?

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Jul 23 2007 5:27 PM

Shravan,

potentially - drivers and licenses - you need to talk to Dell about it if you have a Dell PC.  Of you could persevere and see if the reasons you don't like Vista have been overcome by others - like many things it sometimes takes a bit of getting used to.

thanks

Chuck wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, Jul 24 2007 1:26 AM

Hi

I'm trying to install Office XP on Vista Home Premium. The install worked fine but everytime I start one of the applications, windows installer opens up, runs for a while and then disappears and the app is opened. Is there anyway of getting around that.

Also, everytime I open excel, it gives an error message about one of the libraries stdole32.tlb is missing or damaged and reinstalls it.

How can I fix this?

Thanks in advance

Tom wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Aug 2 2007 3:19 AM

I installed Office 2003 Pro on my new machine running Vista Home premium.  The machine is also running McAffe Internet Security.  When I configured Outlook to sync with my ISP I noticed that emails were being logged through then dropped before making it to the inbox.  Mail coming with normal email addressing sem to work fine, but email from a web forum are the ones that seem to be affected.  There is nothing in the junk email or McAfe spam folders afterward.  I tried turning everything concerning email security off in McAfee, but the problem persists.As far as I can tell all the internal MSoft security features were turned off by McAfee.  Any sugestions would be greatly appreciated.  

Ash wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Fri, Aug 3 2007 11:42 PM

i am trying to install office 2003 on my vista home premium os and i get half way to installing it and comes up with 'Installation error: File not found - A required installation file CR561401.CAB could not be found' can you help?

Syed Imran wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Sep 9 2007 9:52 PM

I installed Office 2003 on Vista Ultimate,. after Office 2003 installation there is one messege that " Preparing to Install"  and configuring Microsoft Office 2003..."  each time when I open many of windows .. pleae tell me the solution

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Sep 9 2007 10:19 PM
Kevin wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sat, Sep 22 2007 1:36 PM

I purchased a new cpu with Vista and I am running Outlook2003.  After 30-60 days, my outlook closes shortly after opening.  I am getting an error message; "outlook11crash". After some research on line, I can not find a clear answer to my problem. The posting I read state the problem results from conflicting updates from Microsoft.  What should I do; please advise...

Jo wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Oct 15 2007 8:26 PM

Hi dave, when installing office 2003 on windows vista i get the error message that it cant file, 01561415.CAB

is there any patches i can download to help this? thanks, jo

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Oct 15 2007 8:43 PM

The files should be read without a problem from the CD.

thanks

David

Kevin wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Nov 1 2007 7:43 PM

I need to purchase a new office package and I am not sure which one to get!

I would like to know if you were to buy not upgrade are the benefits of 2007 worth the 2-300 dollars more?

Freetobes wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, Nov 6 2007 2:57 AM

Hi David,

When I try and download Office 2003 onto my laptop it gets stuck and says an L3561412.CAB is missing. The operating system is Vista. Any ideas or downloads available?

Many Thanks!

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on Wed, Nov 7 2007 7:14 AM
Gerald wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Nov 19 2007 4:57 PM

Hi David.

I am having problem in deploying MS Access 2003 in Windows Vista.

The scenario is as follows.

I have a fresh installed Windows Vista in my PC, my task is to deploy MS Access 2003 in that Vista machine. The software specification of that Vista machine is that, it has no MS Access 2003 installed. I have created a customized database application and incorporates the Access 2003 run-time.

The said database application is working in my test PC which has Access 2003 running under Windows XP SP2, but when i installed in the Windows Vista, the database application were able to launch but the problem is, "There are no database object such as forms, even the menu bar are not there, it displays a grayed workspace and I cannot see any object in it."

What seems to be the problem? Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

Sincerely,

gerald

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Nov 19 2007 8:38 PM

Kevin,

Office 2003 & Office 2007should be almost the same price - if someone is offering you one much cheaper then I think it is not likely to be genuine.

For work, I would buy Office 2007 Small Biz, for home - Home and Student.

ttfn

David

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Nov 19 2007 8:39 PM

Freetobes,

I would try copying the files to your harddisk 1st and see what happens.  Remember that most of the files are hidden, so you need to copy hidden files, or show hidden files before you copy.

ttfn

David

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Nov 19 2007 8:41 PM

Gerald,

Have you applied the Office 2003 service pack to the machine running Vista?  your access runtime is probably the RTM or Service Pack 0 build.  To run on Vista you will need to do a windows update and ensure that it is turn on for applications.

ttfn

David

Stephanie wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, Nov 20 2007 12:15 AM

David,

I have Windows Vista installed on my new Toshiba.  It comes with a trial version of Microsoft Office 2007, but I have heard that Office 2003 works just fine.

Having heard that, I have installed my Office 2003 disk. I use the program successfully, but every time I shut down my computer for the evening, Office 2003 uninstalls itself (or disappears.)  In the morning, I can find no evidence that the program had been installed, and Office 2007 is there, in its place.

Am I doing something wrong during the installation process?  Am I required to delete 2007 before reinstalling 2003?  Why does my program keep disappearing?

Please help!

Gerald wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, Nov 20 2007 2:10 AM

Hi David.

Yes, I did applied Office 2003 service pack in the machine running Vista it is still the same.

I turned on the windows update plus I did a manual update prompting me that there is/are no current updates.

I was thinking of converting my customized application in MS Access 2003 into MS Access 2007. I tried to apply the MS Access 2007 run-time into another machine with an existing MS Office 2003 which has MS Access 2003 installed having Windows XP SP2 as the operating system.

I came across again with the same problem which occurred in Windows Vista machine, I can launch the customized app built in MS Access 2003 but grayed workspace as in no menu bar, no screen to see the database objects such as form, reports, queries, macros etc.

In connection with it, I uninstall MS Access 2007 runtime, reinstalled MS Office 2003 > repair. After installation, tried running that same apps and it did run as original.

Are there any problem with OS or with the runtime?

Thanks in advance.

gerald

Antony Xavier wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, Dec 4 2007 2:43 PM

I purchased a new cpu with Vista and I am running Outlook2003.  After 30-60 days, my outlook closes shortly after opening.  I am getting an error message; "outlook11crash". After some research on line, I can not find a clear answer to my problem. The posting I read state the problem results from conflicting updates from Microsoft.  What should I do; please advise...

Dave M wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Fri, Dec 28 2007 7:17 PM

David

When I try to run Office 2003 on Windows Vista it tells me that "the operating system is not presently  configured to run this application"

What do I do??

Thanks in advance.

Dave M

Liddle_1985 wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Feb 17 2008 2:19 PM

I have Microsoft Office 2003 installed on my windows xp machine, i am thinking of buying a windows vista machine, will i still be able install Microsoft Office 2003 on a vista michine using the windows xp product key.

Tom wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, Mar 12 2008 5:42 AM

Hey Dave. I just got a new computer with Vista and everything works until I put Office 2003 on it. When I do, programs like mozilla, itunes, and crysis (game) won't run. I tried looking for patches and updates but at this point I don't want to screw things up more than they already are. Any suggestions?

Stuart Jack wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, Apr 1 2008 12:10 PM

Hi David

I have a problem with a new laptop, it has win vista home premium installed, I have installed office 2003 on it.

I work with Access databases a lot and never had problems when running on 2000 or xp, but every time I try to open a db under vista it comes up with a message saying  MS Office Access has stopped working!

I googled this error and dont really understand what to do, I have turned of the User Account Control off in Control panel as some suggest this is a problem but to no avail.

I also tried running the msaccess.exe file as a shortcut with Admin privelages, no joy there either.

Microsoft dont want to help unless they can charge me £200 because my vista is an OEM version and my copy of Office 2003 is a volume licence product!

My laptop is from Toshiba and their help team say it is a Microsoft issue regarding compatability between the OS and Access! All they suggest is to run the repair disc and reinstall office.

I would be tearing my hair out if I had any.

Any ideas?

Thanks

Stuart

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Howard Iknow wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, May 7 2008 12:47 PM

You have excellent info on *winders* os I'll keep checking and post anything I come up with to fix the mongrel thing

Liz wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Fri, Jun 6 2008 4:29 PM

Hi David,

I have installed Office 2003 on a computer running Vista, and every time I open Word it goes to default toolbar display settings instead of what I set them to. Specifically it always opens the task pane and removes any buttons from the toolbar that I added manually. I have not had this problem with Word 2003 on XP machines. Do you have any suggestions for making my viewing preferences permanent/default? Thanks,

-Liz

China wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Jun 16 2008 6:21 AM

Im usi office 2003 on Windows Vista Home Premium.when I open any office application "windows installer running for 40-45 seconds." After that when I open outlook, there is message pop up "C:\users\china\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Addins\outlvba.dll is not a valid Office Add-in". virus guard are up to dae running. I removed & reinstaled but i got the same issue. I tried it with safe mode but same issue. I want solve this issue with out formating my pc.

Pls. I need a help

China wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Jun 16 2008 6:54 AM

Hi David,

I’m using office 2003 with Windows Vista Home Premium. when I open any office application “windows installer running for 40-45 seconds”. And when I open outlook, there is message pop up “C:\users\chin\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Addins\outlvba.dll is not a valid Office Add-in”

My virus scanner is running with up to date. I tried it remove & reinstall it but no any changes. I tried it with safe mode but problem is same. (chinsl3@hotmail.com)

Pls. need a help.

China  

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Jun 16 2008 7:16 AM

China,

have a look at www.laplink.com/.../article.asp and try the fix.

thanks

David

china wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Jun 16 2008 1:10 PM

Tanks !

I ll try do that. So... what the solution for my other problem?

china wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Jun 16 2008 1:28 PM

I checked it. but it's not working. still in the same problem

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, Jun 18 2008 12:42 AM

China,

if you remove the file and disable it, then you should not be able to get the error message.

Thanks

David

Chris wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Mon, Jul 7 2008 6:09 PM

I'm trying to install on Vista Ultimate with Office 2003 that I get for free since I'm a ITT Tech Student and I keep getting "Windows Installer has stopped working"

When I click More Details it gives me this information

Problem signature:

 Problem Event Name: APPCRASH

 Application Name: msiexec.exe

 Application Version: 4.0.6001.18000

 Application Timestamp: 47918d31

 Fault Module Name: msiexec.exe

 Fault Module Version: 4.0.6001.18000

 Fault Module Timestamp: 47918d31

 Exception Code: c0000005

 Exception Offset: 00002886

 OS Version: 6.0.6001.2.1.0.256.1

 Locale ID: 1033

 Additional Information 1: 686e

 Additional Information 2: 6be322989e88585c36c525401d3de979

 Additional Information 3: a868

 Additional Information 4: 2f41db37e80f9fb03d3b7fd7f1f798ba

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Andrew wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Jul 24 2008 4:41 PM

Hey David. I have a computer with Vista and Microsoft Office 2003 on it everything works ok but when i open word it says that the last time I tried starting it it wouldn't start up properly so it asks me if i want to go into safe mode and the screen resolution changes from Windows Aero to Windows Basic. Do you have any tips?

Richard L Sakala wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, Jul 30 2008 11:50 AM

I inadvetantly installed a trial office 2007 on my new pc which has Vista. I then loaded Office 2003

there seems to be a conflict as I get an error message indicating that 2003 is not configured-in particular

I use Word. Is there anything I can do to resolve the conflict?

Frank wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Fri, Aug 1 2008 9:51 PM

Hi, i have a Win Vista Business and i install the Ofiice 2003 everything is running smooth but in a few days

the outlook begin its problems, the app just get frozen i dont know why, i need to kill the task from the

taskmgr, i update the Vista and ask for update for other apps beside vista, and everything is updated,

even if try to install the Office SP (1,2,3)  and can do it, the problem still.

So pls a little help.

harry wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Sep 4 2008 4:52 PM

David,

I recently switched to vista from xp. previously i could use outlook express completely on xp. but not it does not allow me to create messages. i can still read all my mails but cannot type a new message. any hints on how i can fix this problem? i do not want to use the windows mail provided by vista.

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Sep 4 2008 4:58 PM

Harry,

I would strongly trying the product that came out of the online team (where Express came from) - go to http://get.live.com and grab either the whole bunch, or at the least the Live Mail clients.

If this does not work for you, please share why you want Express rather than Live Mail so I can work out a solution.

Thanks

David

harry wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Sep 4 2008 5:22 PM

david,

thanks for taking time to answer my question. but can you please elaborate your solution; i'm a bit rusty in such things. i am trying to use the outlook web access. it even allows me to type in reminders, names of the people the mail is to be sent to, but does not allow me to type the mail.

cheers,

harry

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Sep 4 2008 10:50 PM

Harry, Windows Live includes a downloaded client that will do e-mail and contacts.  Calendar is coming soon - try calendar.live.com and see if it will let you in.  If so, if the instant messenger client is logged in, you will get reminders too.  I'll also ask internally about how we recommend resolving this.

Thanks

David

gerincon@ctginc.net wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Sep 11 2008 11:36 PM

I installed Office 2003 Pro on my Bista Ultimate ws.  All was working fine.  I then bought Office 2007 Porfessional.  The system asked if I wanted to upgrade or remove all Office 2003 apps.  I selected to leave msaccess 2003 - since I program with it.

The problem started when Outlook 2003 does not let Outlook 2007 install.  I did some research and found out you can only have one or the other.

I tried to remove the outloo 2003 and it asks me for the source cd.  I put it in and then it states that it is not the correct cd.

I doulnloaed Offfice insttalion cleaner (microsoft product) - I select office 2003 - remove and it says that it removed it but it is still in the system wheneve I boot up again

I am going crazy!! Outlook 2003 "eats" the outlook 2007 - and then I cannot run either - and I cannot install Office 2003.

your help is inmensily appreciated.

gerincon@ctginc.net

Yari wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, Oct 1 2008 6:42 PM

I had microsoft office 2003 installed on my old laptop which is not working. I bought a new one and I deleted the office program from the old one. Can I re-install it on the new pc? I have the license to use it in up to 4 computers, I used it on 4 computers, but if I unistalled from one, can I use it again? Thanks

guns4fun wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Fri, Feb 6 2009 7:58 PM

I had been using a very old Windows 98SE laptop, my Office 2003 programs all worked fine on it, as well as on the wife’s desktop computer running XP. I’ve recently bought a new 64 bit laptop running Vista. I installed the Office 2003 suite of programs and am having trouble with Access.

Every time I try to open one of my databases I get a 3358 error, “… Cannot open the Microsoft Jet engine workgroup information file.” “You attempted to perform a security-related task, but the workgroup information file (typically System.mdw) required for the task cannot be found.” I’ve done some checking on this, on the internet, seems a fair number of people are also having some trouble with this issue. What I have been able to ascertain is that this has to do with the msjet40.dll file. On a 64 bit system it is located in the C:\windows\syswow64 folder. On my old computer it was located in the C:\windows\system folder. I also know that the wrkgadm.exe file and the system.mdw file play roles in the working of Access. My guess is that Access 2003 doesn’t know to look for the jet file where it is located on this computer, and/or cannot work correctly with the version that I have.

Based on some of the things I’ve been able to find, and my own logic and reasoning (a dangerous thing, I admit) here’s what I’ve tried so far.

1. I copied the wrkgadm.exe and system.mdw files from the old computer into the C:\program files(X86)\microsoft office\office11\1033 and C:\program files(X86)\microsoft office\office folders, respectfully, since these were the best matches name and location wise to where I copied them from.

2. I believe I downloaded and installed the newest version of msjet40.dll from a Microsoft page I found about this issue, or I already had it. I also followed someone else’s link, who was reporting fixing the same problem, on an Office help forum page on Microsoft, to download and install an earlier version of the msjet40.dll file. When I checked just now I have 3 msjet40 files in 3 different places, all of them are version 4.09704.0, at least one of them should have been an older version, but isn’t (don’t understand that.) The locations of these 3 are now:

• C:\WINDOWS\system

• C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64

• C:\WINDOWS\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-m..-components-jetcore_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_048ebb9ba7b2fc3a

2. I’ve copied from my wife’s computer the, an XP machine, the versions of msjet40.dll, system.mdw and wrkgadm.exe that are in her C:\Windows\System32 folder, to my own C:\Windows\System32 folder.

None of this has worked. Maybe some or all of these system type files need to be tweaked into the register file in some way or another. That’s something I don’t have any knowledge about. Please Help!!

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Feb 8 2009 12:48 AM

Guns4fun - Have you looked at support.microsoft.com/.../en-us - it looks like it may hold the answer.

Thanks

David

jake wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sat, Mar 14 2009 2:59 AM

i am trying to install office 2003 PRO onto my new computer which has Vista OS. I am getting a message that says this:

ERROR executing file

E:\Office11 - Disc 1 - Professional\SETUP. EXE

The requested operation requires elevation

Can you help?? I

Friedemann wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Mar 26 2009 2:27 AM

I am speaking for a friend who is not as internet savvy.

She has purchased Laptop machine (new) with Windows Vista.

It initially came with Office 2003.  She upgrade Office 2003 to Office 2007 - does not like the 07 Excel program(meaning she can't work it) and would rather have the 03 version back.

  Will Office 2003 come back if she uninstalls Office version 2007?

Or is there more to it?  She says she can't find Office 2003 disk and does not really recall if she ever got it when she got her laptop.

I was personally thinking of doing a "restore" (as I have an XP  machine) to go backwards prior to the installation of 2007, but am not familiar with Vista to know if that function still exists.

Would you comment as to what she should do.

  She only has had the 2007 in for about a week.

Appreciate the assistance.

friedemann wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Mar 26 2009 2:44 AM

I speak for a friend.  She bought a brand new Laptop with Vista and Office 2003   She used that for awhile and then bought an Office 2007 disk and installed that.  She is hopelessly lost and would rather have 2003.  So I suggested maybe restore it(As I have XP and have that function and just assumed it would be in Vista as well).    

 Well could not find that easily, so just uninstalled 2007(hoping that 2003 would pop up in its place; as it was never uninstalled).

Of course, that did not happen.

She does not remember having an Office 2003 disk.  

It is possible to reload back Office 2007 but that defeats what we were trying to do - and that is get Office 2003.

Can you comment as what she can do?  She only had 2007 in for a week.     Thank you for your time.   Please email me at the website as I am not familiar with blogs.

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Apr 2 2009 10:16 PM

friedemann,

I would start by contacting the manufacturer of the laptop as they should be able to help with media (CDs) / recovery disks etc in some way.

Vista does have a restore function, just search for Restore in the start menu and System Restore should be listed, however the manufacturer might have "helpfully" disabled this function.

Otherwise, there are tools that will add Office 2003 menus to Office 2007 and other items.  Do a search for the office 2007 items on this site.

thanks

David

AT wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Apr 9 2009 7:46 PM

Hi..

I have Vista home edition on my notebook.

I am trying to install Office 2003 (S/T edition), it is giving me file not found errors: Q4561409.CAB not found. Once I got file not found error for E4561412.CAB file.

I checked my CD and see all these files are in the CD.

Also, I uninstalled office 2007 trial version & office activation key tried again but it same error.

I tried checking any office install via msicuu2.exe log too but so far no success in installing Office 2003.

How can I install it? Thanks in advance.

Anil

Paul Hughes wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Fri, May 1 2009 1:56 PM

Hi David ,

I am trying to load Office Standard onto a new machine with Vista from a (genuine ) CD.

Error 1608 says :Setup could not locate a version of MS Office 97 , 2000 or XP on the selected drive. Click OK to stop the installation . If you have a version  of MS Office on CD-ROM run setup again

Any ideas ?

Thanks

David Overton wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Fri, May 1 2009 2:08 PM

Paul,

You have an UPGRADE CD - it requires a previous version to be installed or available on disk/CD to install.

Thanks

David

Anna Royal wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Wed, Jul 8 2009 9:21 PM

Hi David,

I have windows Vista and trying to install office 2003 business edition but I get error 1406 which is a registry error...what can I do?

Bob M. wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Thu, Nov 19 2009 1:14 PM

I was having trouble installing MS Office 2003 Pro on my Toshiba Satellite L305 laptop running Windows Vista Home Basic Servcice Pack 2.  The install would hand on the screen that displayed the progress bar.

My laptop came with a trial version of MS Office 2007 pre-installed.  I installed MS Office 97 Pro.

After doing these things the install worked:

1. From Control Panel turned off UAC (User Access Control)

2. From Control Panel un-installed MS Office 2007 trial version.

3. From Control Panel un-installed MS Office 97 Pro. Note this required me to insert my orginal MS Office 97 Pro CD.  The MS Office 97 Pro setup program launches which allows you to do a complete un-install.

After the above steps my MS Office 2003 Pro installation went smooth albeit slow and noisy.  Microsoft’s heavy copy protection schemes continually slow down and speed up your CD and I believe, read from outside the normal regions on the CD.

One5860 wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Fri, Jan 29 2010 10:03 PM

Im having an issue with office 2003 very similar to this, but whenever i open any office 2003 application, the Windows Installer box comes up and 'reinstalls' itself each time.  it takes almost 3 minutes.  I never had to change anything.  I never had the EULA issue.  Only my old Office 97 works without this.  Anyone know why?

Thnaks in advance:

  -One5860

Pam wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Tue, Mar 2 2010 10:24 PM

I have office 2003 installed for 2 years and now it is telling me the license expired.  I want to upgrade to 2007 can I buy upgrade or do I need full version.

Thanks

Sevin wrote re: Running Office 2003 on Windows Vista and running other applications that work on Windows XP on Vista
on Sun, Apr 4 2010 8:38 PM

hey i have a problem.....it is indicatig that the installation source is corrupted and thus the installation is stopped automatically just after i have inserted its serial key....i need help quick plzzzzzzzzz

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