can Word 97 be run in Windows 7

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January 28, 2010 at 04:57:34
Specs: Windows 7
can Word 97 be run in Windows 7?
I cannot instal it - clicking on autorun cause whirring but no more?
Any help would be wonderful.

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January 28, 2010 at 06:09:40
I'm not totally sure, but I believe it will not run on Windows 7. I know Office 2007 runs and I learned recently that 2003 will also, but I think believe that it is just too old for compatibility.
If you are trying to avoid purchasing a new copy of word (or office), you should know that you can download and install free a copy of . This is a FULL office suite (by Sun Microsystems) that you can fully install and use and is fully compatible with MS office (you can open word documents and resave as 'normal', as word format ('97 as well as later versions), and others). You can install only the word processor, add a spreadsheet, or install the full suite. It will ask you if you want to make a donation and ask you if you want to register it, but will take no for an answer to both. I believe that they had trouble selling it (under a different name) due to MS business practices over the years, so they decided to give it away to slap microsoft in their face.

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January 28, 2010 at 06:28:59
It will work. If installed as part of the Office suite, however, it may break your UAC setting.

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March 25, 2010 at 06:46:21
Hello johng6961,

Have you checked compatibility?
Just an FYI for you.

It is always best to check with the software manufacturer FIRST. They will tell you if they have tested the product and the version, as well as whether or not it will work with Windows 7.
Check out the Windows 7 Compatibility site: (There you will find out about hardware and software compatibilty.)
There is a pulldown from which you can choose "hardware" and "software".

There are also some great articles, instructional videos and such to help with your Windows 7 at our Springboard site:

In any event a lot of the times, Vista drivers will work in lieu of Windows 7 drivers, however, it's not 100%!

As stated previously, it's best to have the Windows 7 certified drivers installed.
Thanks again,
John M.
Microsoft Windows Client Support

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