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    Office 2003 + Windows 8 Pro x64

    A consensus is emerging in Windows 8 forums around the net that Office 2003 as a suite or individuals apps therefrom break Windows 8's Update.

    Diagnosis of the initial reports attributed the failure to Windows 8 x64 [RTM] upgrades over Windows 7 x64 that had Office 2003 installed.

    My experience, however, was with a 'clean' install of Windows 8 Pro [via TechNet] and the same result is being confirmed in other forums now.

    So far there is no indication of Office 2003 (SP3) applications not functioning normally in 8. My early testing of Outlook, Excel, and Word have them working flawlessly even with a highly reduced set of macros from Woody Leonard's legendary WOPR 2003!

    There is no comprehensive fix at this time for the Windows Update problem. It is conjectured that this may be a 'Certificates' issue with Office 2003. That would necessitate a Hotfix from Microsoft for software that passes out of active support next year. Disabling updates for 'other Microsoft products' will restore Windows 8 ONLY updating.

    Some will simply switch / upgrade to Office 2010 which I have learned to accept then appreciate but many folks remain alienated by THE RIBBON, not to mention the cost and loss of certain macros, older add-ins, reduced customizability, etc; or wait for Office 2013.

    Interesting it will be to see whether Microsoft (Office Division) comes through for its installed-user base on this one.

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    Very good information that many of us would never see as we have upgraded to either Office 2007 or Office 2010.

    This seems to be one of those times where an Upgrade did indeed break something in Win 8 Pro that a Custom install did not. I always prefer the Custom install anyway. Yes I know this involves reinstalling all apps, but it seems the Win 8 installation works well enough and automatically enough in most cases that even with a Custom install, the installation can be completed in 4 or 5 hours, start to finish. I have installed 2 copies of the Win 8 Ent. Eval. on our 2 laptops, and both were finished in less than 1/2 day, including all my customizations.
    Have a Great Day! Ted

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