Word 97 Problem

February 2, 2011 at 09:34:00
Specs: Windows 7
This message pops up every time Word 97 opens:


"Microsoft Word 8.0"

"The Windows registry has reported that one or more required files are damaged or missing. to correct the is problem, run the Word setup program."

The dictionary appears missing and spell-check won't let me add words.

I keep re-installing it but it eventually comes back to this.

OS = Windows 7 Home Premium


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#1
February 2, 2011 at 10:17:35
Do you still have the demo versions of Office that came with the Windows 7 OS on board or did you uninstall them?

Might be conflict with the old and new.

If I remember correctly, 97 has a Detect & Repair you could try.

On the Task Bar
Help
Detect & Repair

See if that helps.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#2
February 2, 2011 at 11:56:36
Word 2003 is installed and a pre-installed version of Word 2010 but it's rarely used as it's a trial.

Checking Word 97 bought up another problem. Word 97 documents sometimes and somehow get overtaken by Word 2003.

There is Word 2007 but it's not installed as on another computer running Win 7 Ultimate, (and is out of use now), that too kept overtaking everything but I needed all three Word programs to run independently.

Looked for the detect and repair but it wasn't found.


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#3
February 2, 2011 at 13:26:38
Looked for the detect and repair but it wasn't found.

Detect & Repair is only for the 97 & 2003 versions.

It can be found by going to the HELP item on the task bar, it should be at the bottom.

I needed all three Word programs to run independently.

Why?

Word 2010 will allow you Save and Open doc's in previous formats.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#4
February 2, 2011 at 14:54:30
Thank you for your reply.

Why all three? Happened to like it that way.

Definitely don't want to use Word 2010 because as aforementioned, it's a trial and don't want to get use to it, then it locks.

Looked for the detect and repair - genuinely can't see it. It's on page layout and the only things at the bottom are: page number, section, bunch of abbreviations, line and column numbers.


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#5
February 2, 2011 at 16:28:50
Looked for the detect and repair
I don't know where your looking, but I'm talking about the Task Bar at the top of the page.

It should have something like:

FILE - NEW - OPEN - SAVE - PRINT - Etc. Etc. - HELP

Happened to like it that way.
I would advise against it.

I know that you are supposed to be able to run different version at the same time, I tried 2000 & 2007, but had no luck keeping everything separate.

I would uninstall 2010 if your not going to be using it.
Look here, down the bottom of page: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

And if there is no pressing reason to keep 97 around I would uninstall that also, it is getting a bit "long in the tooth" as it were.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#6
February 3, 2011 at 01:52:37
Looked for the detect and repair
I don't know where your looking, but I'm talking about the Task Bar at the top of the page.

It should have something like:

FILE - NEW - OPEN - SAVE - PRINT - Etc. Etc. - HELP

Sorry misunderstood. When you said at the bottom, thought you meant at the bottom of Word. Originally looked where you're telling me now to look but it wasn't and still is not there.


Happened to like it that way.
I would advise against it.

I know that you are supposed to be able to run different version at the same time, I tried 2000 & 2007, but had no luck keeping everything separate.


Which doesn't make sense. Why would they give the option of keeping previous versions when installing, if they're just going to override each other anyway.

I would uninstall 2010 if your not going to be using it.
Look here, down the bottom of page: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

I will, but I barely notice it as it is, as I hardly use it.

And if there is no pressing reason to keep 97 around I would uninstall that also, it is getting a bit "long in the tooth" as it were.


Never did understand why if some program is 'old' it should necessarily be discarded. Isn't it about what the consumer wants? Sounds like it's what Microsoft would obviously love so we keep buying their products.

While there may be no' pressing need', I happen to like Word 97 and want to keep it. There is another reason actually but it's sort of weird, lol, so I won't say.


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