The easy solution to running Word 97 concurrently with 2016

May 16, 2018 at 07:19:20
Specs: Windows 7 & 10
I'm responding to an ancient thread on this subject in case in case someone else needs the solution to the annoying problem of getting errors on startup if you try to run Word 97 and Word 2016 on the same computer.

I got Word 97 working concurrently with Word 2016 on both a Windows 7 and Windows 10 machine, without the annoying "The Windows registry has reported that one or more required files are damaged or missing" message, by right-clicking on the shortcut for Word 97, selecting the Properties | Compatibility tab, and then selecting Windows 95 as the mode I want Word 97 to run in. That seems to get around a registry check that happens when Word 97 runs under later operating systems. So far, so good!

By the way, I use Word 97 because it's quick and clean compared to Word 2016, and because I've written many macros, some of which won't run under Word 2016 without major rewriting, and some not at all because "child" windows are no longer part of Word.

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May 16, 2018 at 08:17:34
Thank you for the tip.... Sadly as MS Office progresses through the years it seems tp become more and more bloated, demands more and more resources; loses some useful options - or else buries them away from easy access; and is often slowr and leser friendly than previous.

I recall seeing a comparison way back in pre win-2000 days, between original Word 2(?) and Word versions after 97, and it seemed to show that win-95 with Word 2 was faster, easier to use for general purposes, and less demanding on resources.

For general use many find Office Lbre more than adequate; be it on windows or Mac systems.

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May 18, 2018 at 15:03:30
Alas, further testing has shown that the Windows 95 trick doesn't always work. On Windows 7, I had to switch to Windows XP compatibility mode or I had trouble with "Save As." On Windows 10, I haven't yet found a compatibility mode that works reliably, though for some reason the registry error messages haven't been showing up since I tried running under the Win 95 mode.

My favorite word processor of all time is Lotus Manuscript, which had the best outlining implementation I've ever seen, and was lean and fast. Alas, only a DOS product. After Word 97, Office eliminated child windows, and I'm quite dependent on it, so I hope I can continue to find ways to use this program moving forward.


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May 18, 2018 at 17:43:19
Office Libre is a good all round alternative to MS Office apps - fully compatible and free.

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May 18, 2018 at 19:32:44
I agree that Libre Office is a good alternative. I had to bite the bullet and buy Office 2016 because I needed to be able to run some complex Excel macros that were not compatible with Libre Office's macro language (and too complex for me to rewrite), but it's a great product, and one I prefer to Open Office, though that's also a nice product, and free.

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May 18, 2018 at 20:08:06
If Libre Office doesn't run MS Office macros, can you really call it "fully compatible"?

I think not.

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May 18, 2018 at 22:06:41
Good point re’ macros. But for general office functions LO is pretty good...?

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