I have Windows Vista now and I cannot open Word documents attached to
emails. How can I open them? Is Microsoft Office 2003 compatible with
Yes, Microsoft Office 2003 is compatible with Windows Vista.
You didn’t say what happens when you try to open a document or what error
message is produced, so I’ll have to make some wild guesses.
Most of the confusion that I see is actually not about Windows
Vista, but rather the file format changes between Office 2003 and Office 2007.
The newer version now saves into a file format that can’t be read by the old.
However there are solutions.
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Here are some of the most common things that might be going wrong:
You don’t have Office installed. Some people are surprised
to find that Windows Vista doesn’t include Microsoft Office. They are two
separate products, and if you don’t have Office then you’ll need to purchase and
install it separately.
Your Upgrade to Windows Vista was really a fresh install.
If you have Windows XP with Microsoft Office installed, an upgrade to
Windows Vista should leave you with Office still installed in Vista. However,
if instead you performed an install of Vista instead of an upgrade,
then Windows Vista has been installed “from scratch” and you’ll need to
re-install all of your programs, including Microsoft Office.
peacefully co-exist …”
You’ve received a document in Office 2007 format, but you only have
Office 2003. This will fail, unless you install
the Office Compatibility Pack. This free download adds support for the
newer file formats to the older versions of Office. After installing, you’ll be
able to open these files without completely upgrading to the newer version of
Office. (You can also ask the sender of the document to save the document in
the older format and resend the document instead.)
The “.doc” file association has somehow been lost. There
are two approaches: reinstalling Office should actually fix this for all the
file types it supports, or you can
repair the file association manually.
It’s only email that’s broken. One workaround if it’s only
documents in email that are causing you a problem is instead of opening the
document directly from email, save it to a location on your hard drive instead.
Then fire up Word and use File, Open… to
locate and open the document, or locate the document in Windows Explorer and
double click on it.
The bottom line, though, is that Office 2003 and Windows Vista can certainly
peacefully co-exist just as Office 2007 can run on Windows XP. Neither
requires an update to the other.