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    Win2k crashes Excel 97

    I just built a new computer, and installed Windows 2000, an operating system that is new to me. Things seem to be working fine in general. I proceeded to install MS Office 97, the newest version of MS Office I have. (And I have no desire to get the newer versions of bloatware at the moment). Word and Access seem to work OK, and the Office toolbar works just fine. However, I have hit a problem with Excel '97. It will load, and accept data, but the moment I go to Tools | Options Win2k immediately crashes Excel - error message "Excel.exe has commited errors and will be closed," and in seconds it's gone from the screen. I tried installing Excel '95, and that works OK, but it will be a pain to convert all my spreadsheets to the older version, and '97 does have some features I prefer. I will have a hard time using a Excel '97 if I can not change the default options to match my configuration and preferances.

    I have used this copy of Office 97 for some time with Windows 98 - generally no problems.

    If the moderator feels this is more an MS Office problem than an operating system problem, please copy this post (my first) to the appropriate place(s).

    All assistance will be appreciated!

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    Re: Win2k crashes Excel 97

    Win 2000 is highly robust and stable.
    Have you checked at the MSFT web site to determine whether there are any gotchyas in using Office 97 with Win 2000?
    I doubt that there are any.

    What 3rd party Office add-ins do you have installed?
    UNinstall all of them and see whether you still have problems.

    FYI, I believe that you will find most people will agree that Office 2000 and Office XP are more stable than Office 97, so I'd recommend ditching Office 97 anyway.

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    Re: Win2k crashes Excel 97

    What is MSFT, stand for, please? Microsoft F? T?

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    Re: Win2k crashes Excel 97

    Yes, it's short for Microsoft - it's their NASDAQ symbol. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
    -Mark

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    Re: Win2k crashes Excel 97

    This is not a good answer for me. A) To the best of my knowledge, I don't have any 3-party Office plug-in software installed, so I don't know what to delete.

    [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] I am not happy about the prospect of paying $210 or so for Office XP, which will give me fits re the authentication code the next time I upgrade the motherboard. Office 2000 costs over $300 per what I see at Pricegrabber.com

    Are there no other ideas among the readers of this site?

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    Re: Win2k crashes Excel 97

    3rd party plugins include Acrobat, WinFax, your scanner software, any Auntie Virus software.
    Office interacts with so many products its very hard to diagnose this type of problem.

    Could be that the proble mwill not go away even if you do get a more recent version of Office.

    One idea, is to create a dual boot system with Win 98 and Win 2000.
    Install Office 97 in Win 98.
    After you are sure this setup works, you could then try installing Office 97, or late rversion, in Win 2000.

    P.S. Make sure that you fully uninstall Office 97 before re-installing. MSFT has articles in their KB that are alleged to assist in removing various versions of Office. Perhaps somebody has a pointer to the relevant article for Office 97?

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