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Open Office in W7 64 bit

  johndrew 14:45 28 Jan 2012

I have been doing a bit of reading on the subject of Open Office used with Windows 7 and seen some people have experienced freezing/loss of documents.

I am in the process of moving to W7 64bit and my Word 2002 is unlikely to function properly so I am considering Open Office as a permanent replacement.

Does anyone have any advice, comment or adverse experience with Open Office 3.3 on this platform.

Thanks in anticipation.

  difarn 15:25 28 Jan 2012

I think it has been successfully working on some windows 7 machines in XP compatability mode but they have had to transfer the file from their old machine for settings, macros, styles, etc.

I have colleagues who use Open Office with no problems whatsoever. It is compatible with other formats, similar in use to Microsoft Office and is free.

  johndrew 16:02 28 Jan 2012

Many thanks for responding.

Hopefully Open office will function, but I shall try my old Word 2002 and attempt to get all the compatibility upgrades again.

  difarn 17:05 28 Jan 2012

Here is a link to the relevant compatability pack for 2002 to open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations that were created in the newer versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint should you find that you need it.

  johndrew 10:23 29 Jan 2012

difarn and Chronus

Many thanks for the information and the link to the pack.

One quick question, given that Word 2002 was registered against the XP PC, is it likely I shall have a problem when it is installed on the W7 machine?

  difarn 10:47 29 Jan 2012

According to this article you should be able to do that without any problem - Microsoft obviously recognise that people will want to transfer it at some stage to a new PC and usually allow 2/3 activations.

  johndrew 12:36 29 Jan 2012

With luck all should be well then. Many thanks for your help.

  difarn 14:02 29 Jan 2012

Glad to help - hope it all works out.

  johndrew 14:21 06 Feb 2012

It all went rather smoothly.

  difarn 14:51 06 Feb 2012

Excellent news.

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