Hi, this is both a an Office 2003 (especially Excel 2003) question and a Windows 7 question; I hope I'm posting it in the right place. I would like advice before I install Office 2003 Professional on my new Windows 7 Professional, 32 bit Dell Vostro laptop.
The laptop comes with a trial version of Office 2010 installed. I don't want that and would be happy to delete it. (There is a potential side issue with that -- see below). If I ever change my mind, I can always buy it.
Now, for me, the only crucial, killer app in MS Office 2003 is Excel; for the rest I'm happy to use Open Office equivalents. But I use Excel daily, often for mission-critical work purposes. I want ZERO problems (or at least none in addtion to the usual Excel 2003 quirks). A Google search reveals some folks have no problems at all running MSO 2003, in particular Excel 2003. on a Windows 7 machine, while other report bugs, freezing, crashes etc. So I am wary.
It would appear to me I have a few options (this is the part where I'd be happy for anyone to jump in and correct me):
1) Just install MSO 2003 and hope for the best.
2) Uninstall MSO 2010, then install MSO 2003.
3) Install MSO 2003 within Windows 7's Virtual Windows XP mode. (My machine has 4 GB of RAM, only up to 2.4 GB of which is available to XP mode, which is fine; additionally the folks at Dell say I can, if desired, routinely change the RAM available to XP mode to 2.4 GB max whenever I want to use XP mode, then change it back to something very low (say 512 or 256 mb) when switching back to Windows 7 mode)
4) Uninstall MSO 2010, then install MSO 2003 within Windows 7's Virtual Windows XP mode.
As for the side issue about uninstalling MSO 2010: it resides on a partitioned "Q drive" called "Microsoft Office Click-to-Run 2010 (Protected)". This is how it arrived from Dell. It doesn't seem so easy to remove. When I click on it I get an "Access denied" message. I tried to "take ownership" as administrator by right-clciking and attempting this through the Security tab, but no go; it just seems to be squatting there. Is it in fact removable / unistallable? I'm a bit confused as when I go into Control Panel to the Uninstall section I actually see three apparently relevant items: "MS Office 2010", "MS Office Clcik-to-Run 2010", and "MS Office 2010 _English". I've not yet actually tried to uninstall any of them for fear of screwing something up. Any guidance here?
Sorry for so many sub-issues... I'd be grateful for any advice.