Vista and MS Office 1997

  Border View 14:10 15 Dec 2008

My brother is shortly to buy a new laptop which will run on Vista Basic. It doesnt come with any office software that I know of. I have an original OEM of Microsoft Office Professional 1997. (with certificate of authenticity) It came with my first computer which is now broken up.

Will MS Office Professional 1997 run on Vista and will I be able to install it on his new laptop for him?

  Sea Urchin 14:28 15 Dec 2008

This is Microsoft's official verdict - No

click here

but I know of people who have successfully done so - check out user forums - an example below

click here

  Sea Urchin 14:29 15 Dec 2008

PS Of course what MS are saying in that first link is that they no longer support Office 97 - not that it won't work

  Jak_1 14:46 15 Dec 2008

It does work, I have it installed on my Vista machine fully working.

  curofone 15:31 15 Dec 2008

or you could just download open office as it is a very good alternative to Microsoft office and it is free

  Border View 15:57 15 Dec 2008

Many thanks for the responses. Will give it a go and if all else fails will do a system restore. But it looks as though it should work.

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