Run Office 2000, Office 2003 on Windows 8, 8.1, 10: Possible?

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A few good friends of mine have been asking me if their old Office 2000 programs will work on their Windows 8 laptops, and even the most recent Windows 8.1. Read below for the short and simple explanation to this answer.
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The short answer to your question is this – no, officially, you can’t run Office 2000 on Windows 8 or on Windows 8.1. First of all, this old software isn’t compatible with the latest Windows versions, and, obviously, this has been made by Microsoft itself to boost sales of the new versions. However, everybody has its right to keep on using older software, am I right? Take for example Outlook Express, which albeit discontinued, can still run in Windows 8 with some third-party software.

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The first thing that I will try to do is to tell you to switch to a newer version of Office. I mean, let’s be serious, have a look at Office 2000 and at Windows 8.1 – there’s a huge dichotomy between these two. Office 2000 just makes Windows 8 look bad. Still, if you have managed to install it, and you are decided to go it, my first suggestion would be to try and run it in Compatibility mode. Choose a previous version of Windows and the best idea would be to go with Windows XP. Also, don’t forget to Run as Administrator.

Office 2000, 2003 on Windows 8, 8.1 is a matter of luck

If running in compatibility mode the .exe file of some apps from Office 2000 hasn’t worked, try applying this right before the installation itself. The thing is that there’s no perfect solution that would work for all users, so you need to keep trying. Some Office 200 users have been reporting that running in Compatibility mode works, but there are some glitches:

I have installed office 2000 on windows 8.1 and run in compatibility mode. All works fine except, when terminating word, it informs me that word has encountered a problem and needs to terminate. However, all data is saved correctly, and the next time you open the doument it is displayed perfectly. So no big deal!!!! I have not yet found a problem, with excel 2000. If I do I will post an update. as someone else previously reported, when installing, the installation process reports an error message, but if you keep pressing the retry button it will eventually go away and report a successful installation.

So, if you think you will have better luck with Office 2003, then you are wrong. When support for Windows XP ends, that’s when Microsoft will also kill support for Office 2003 apps, as well. So no, Office 2003 products aren’t compatible either. You can also try the compatibility trick, but there’s no guarantee that it will work for you. However, if you do manage to get Office 2000 or Office 2003 to work on your Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 system and you still get errors when trying to save documents, there are big chances that your work has actually been saved. I just hope you’re lucky enough.

If you have managed to get Office 2000 or Office 2003 to work on your Windows 8, Windows 8.1 device, something that I’d suggest you to do is to switch off getting updates, as Microsoft could release one to “destroy” your old software which isn’t compatible. But I’ve seen reports of folks updating and being able to use older Office versions with no problems, whatsoever.

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