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MS Office 2003 and Windows 8.1 64 bit

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#1 sandy.b


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 03:25 PM

On my old Windows XP PC, I ran MS Office 2003.  The new PC is Windows 8.1 64 bit.  

I tried the MS Office Web Apps and am not satisfied with the functionality that is contained for Excel.  (Haven't tried Word yet.)


I'm looking for the pros/cons of getting a particular version of MS Office on the new PC.  Cost is a factor.  When budgeting for the new PC, I thought I would be satisfied with the MS Web Apps, so now I would prefer not to spend too many $$$ on Office software.


So, is installing my copy of MS Office 2003 on the new PC even a possibility?  If yes, pros?  cons?


Newer versions of MS Office - 2010, 2013, 365.  What should I consider?


All help appreciated.  Thanks.

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 12:16 AM

If I recall correctly, I have seen people report that they could install and run Office 2003 in Windows 8. So, it likely will not hurt to try installing it and seeing how it runs. It might run well it enough, but you might encounter some issues. Microsoft officially lists it as not being compatible.

Here is a Microsoft Answer thread that has a few people saying they got it to work…note this was with Windows 8, not Windows 8.1:


Personally, I would likely go with a newer version. Which one to go with is somewhat more of a complex issue.

First, how many computers would need/want to run it on now? How likely would that be to change in the future?

Are you the type of person who does not like/want to upgrade often (that seems to be be the case since your old computer was still running XP and Office 2003)? Or do you like/want/need to have the latest and greatest?

What specific features do you want/need out of Office? Which Office applications do you need (i.e. do you need Access or Publisher or just Word, Excel, and Powerpoint)? And is this for business use (i.e. using it to make money) or home use (not using it to make money)?

Generally, if you only need to run it on one computer and don't have a need/want to be using the latests and greatest, then I would avoid Office 365. Office 365 becomes a good deal when you need to run Office on multiple computers and want to keep using the latest and greatest versions of Office. Otherwise, a single Office 2013 (or Office 2010…if you can find it) license will likely be cheaper in the long run. You can get a single "business use" (i.e. for making money) license for Office 2013 for a little over $200:


Or you can get a single "personal use" (i.e. NOT for making money) license for Office 2010 for a little under $100:


You should note that Office 365 does give you some benefits beyond just use of the Office suite such as 20 GB of Skydrive space, 60 Skype minutes, and you get access to ALL Office apps, which stand alone version may only give you the basics such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint (depends on the version you get). But, if you are not the type to upgrade to new version frequently, don't need it on more than one device, and don't need all the Office apps (just the basics), then it costs more over the long haul…and since it is subscription based, the moment you stop paying, you lose the ability to run the local, installed Office apps.

Your other option would be to consider one of the free office suites such as Open Office or LibreOffice.

#3 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 07:52 PM

If it is of any help, I recently installed Office 2003 Professional on a Sony Vaio running Win 8.1. The installation proceeded normally and some limited testing showed no problems, and the owner hasn't come back to me muttering yet !


Having said that, Smax's comments about 2003 now being eleven years ago are well taken.


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:35 PM

Thanks so much for the great info.


It is for personal use.  Clearly, I don't feel the need to update frequently ;-) ... but agree it is quite old.  I'm leaning against installing it because I don't want to muddy up a 'clean' system.

Primarily use Word and Excel.  Would like it on more than one device, but most important for it to be on the new Windows 8 PC.


I don't like the subscription option, for the reasons you mentioned - as soon as I stop paying, it's gone. 


So I guess the decision to make is - do I find/purchase the Office 2010 software (since it looks to be less $$)  or go with Office 2013.  Opinions/recommendations about this would be appreciated.  Thanks.

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:57 PM

You can find office 2010 student upgrade for about $70, during the install insert the 2003 disk for verification.

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