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Older suites such as Microsoft Office 2007 can be run in Windows 8

Windows 8 supports past versions of Microsoft Office, but installation problems may interfere with getting Office 2007 Ultimate to run in Windows 8.

Will Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate run under Windows 8?

Windows 8 supports Microsoft Office 2007, including the Ultimate Edition, but some users have reported that they need to install Service Pack 3 for Office 2007 for full functionality. Problems running Office 2007 in Windows 8 are typically related to how Windows 8 was installed.

For example, users who upgrade to Windows 8 from a previous version of Windows and run Office 2007 can experience problems opening Office 2007 files after the upgrade. In addition, users might receive pop-up messages prompting them to upgrade to Office 2010 or later. In both cases, reinstalling Office 2007 typically resolves the problem.

You can learn which versions of Office run in Windows 8 by visiting the Windows Compatibility Center. In the search box, enter "Microsoft Office." The site detects the operating system on the computer you're running and shows a list of compatible and incompatible Office versions. Office versions with a green check mark are compatible with Windows 8. Incompatible versions appear with a red X in a circle. You can narrow your search by entering "Office 2007 Ultimate."

For additional information, click one of the Office 2007 Ultimate hits in the list and browse the community discussions section at the bottom of the resulting page. Each question should have one or more replies, usually from a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) along with links to related how-to or Knowledge Base articles.

About the author:
Kim Lindros is a full-time writer, content developer and project manager who has worked around IT since the early 1990s. She co-authored MTA Microsoft Technology Associate Exam 98-349 Windows Operating System Fundamentals (Wiley, 2012) and PC Basics with Windows 7 and Office 2010 (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2010), among other textbooks. Lindros also has developed numerous college and corporate courses focused on IT security, Microsoft technologies and Microsoft Office.

This was first published in April 2014

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