I can't run Lotus Smartsuite with Windows7

June 18, 2011 at 08:21:23
Specs: Windows 7
I've a new laptop with Windows 7 but can't access old Lotus Wordpro files - any advice out there? I don't particularly want to use Lotus currently - just access old files.
Alan Davies

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#1
June 18, 2011 at 09:06:16
have you tried running Lotus in Administrator mode and and in compatibility mode?

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#2
June 18, 2011 at 12:07:12
May work with compatibility mode. I use it both with the installer and later in the program. Both may need it on.

If you have a 64 bit OS then it will not work if it isn't fully 32 bit installer and all executables. Then you'd need a virtual machine with an older level OS on it.


If all attempts fail consider openoffice. IBM even offered a free version and may still be online somewhere.

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#3
June 19, 2011 at 10:37:34
Still having no luck - is there a driver available that would allow me to install my Smartsuite97 onto Windows7. If I can just open LWP files I'd be happy, but happier still if I can use Lotus 123 again!
Thanks for suggestions
Alan Davies

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#4
June 19, 2011 at 10:41:26
Oh snap! They dropped support for the old files.
I guess one could install an older version of OpenOffice or maybe Lotus Symphony to import the old files then save as current. I am shocked that lotus dropped the ball.

You may be able to run a virtual machine. A free virtual machine can run your old OS at the same time as W7. See virtualPC from microsoft. There are two types. One has xp in it and one doesn't. In second you' d have to load xp or W98/95 or Win3.11

There is one place that has a converter that might just work.
http://www.internet-guide.co.uk/Con...
It might take a while.

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#5
June 19, 2011 at 11:22:35
I appreciate your help and ideas. I have tried Symphony & Open Office to no avail. The rest of your ideas are too complex for this old man in his seventies!
But thanks nevertheless. What I have done is open some of the more essential stuff on the XP and saved it as Word files and transferred them. A slow process, I admit, but a sort of solution.
Thanks again

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#6
June 19, 2011 at 11:37:08
Later on - I took your advice and installed the freeversion of OpenOffice and it has allowed me to open the Lotus 123. Thank you so much for helping out!
I've yet to try the LWP files but I guess the same success will be there.

Many, many thanks
Alan Davies


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#7
June 27, 2011 at 18:17:21
Alan - i just found your line of inquiry. I'm in the same spot -- new computer with Win7, but I used Lotus Word Pro for years. Thousands of files. Have you had success with Open Office handling them? At first blush, it isn't working for me.

Ray


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#8
June 27, 2011 at 23:22:55
Ray
I have still not had success with LWP files and just hope there is someone who can give advice. I have been able to access Lotus 123 spreadsheets by installing Open Office - that one works! But no luck with .lwp's. Can anyone help us?
Alan

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#9
June 28, 2011 at 19:07:18
did anyone try response #1?
I run ALL my old XP progs in that mode, they work great on Windows 7

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#10
June 28, 2011 at 23:30:56
I blush to say that I don't know how to run "adminstrator mode" or "compatability mode"! Can you help me there?
Alan

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#11
June 28, 2011 at 23:50:19
no problem, just right click on the lotus icon and left click on run as administrator. Then do the same and this time left click on troubleshoot compatibility, that will get the prog to run in whichever mode you used before.

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#12
June 29, 2011 at 00:15:24
I am not able to load Lotus onto W7 so when right clicking the blank icon for the existing files on W7 there is no option to run as administrator

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June 29, 2011 at 07:50:52

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#14
June 29, 2011 at 10:16:04
But I can't load the Lotus EXE file in the first place

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