Office 97 breaks UAC settings page

Windows 7 can do many things well, from multi tasking to providing a stable platform for getting your work done. One thing that Windows 7 can't do is play properly with Office 97.

Microsoft has posted up a knowledge article on its support web site stating that when Office 97 is installed, there is no way to save any changes made to users' User Account Control (UAC) settings . Essentially, having Office 97 installed will break UAC for the user and render it useless.

"In the Windows 7 "System and Security" control panel category, the Action Center lets you change User Account Control (UAC) settings. In the User Account Control Settings dialog box, you move the slide bar control for notifications, and then you click the OK button. In this scenario, the dialog box does not close, and no change is made. When the mouse pointer is positioned on the OK button, and you press ENTER, the dialog box still does not close, and no change is made."

There is a known fix which you can find on Microsoft's support site but it does involve a fair bit of registry modification.

Thanks for the tip Mephistopheles

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xTdub said,
Yes, but can you change the UAC settings?

yes but after i changed them office started saying that the registry said that it was missing files but UAC was ok

ale07 said,
yes but after i changed them office started saying that the registry said that it was missing files but UAC was ok

Rut row... That doesn't sound great either...

Erm... do Microsoft even support Office 97 nowadays? I mean, it's like nearly 6 versions out of date!

Office 97
Office 2000
Office XP (2002)
Office 2003
Office 2007
Office 2010 (Beta)

I'm surprised their solution to the issue wasn't something along the lines of "Upgrade to Office 2007".

Whats wrong with Office 97? Tthey say People only use like 1% of the features that Office has to offer. They basically type and spell check.

People will tell me then just use word pad in Windows 7. Actually I would love to ditch Microsoft Word for wordpad if only wordpad had spell checking, i'd switch in an instant.

Nothing wrong with it feature wise...
it's just past it's time, no longer modern and cannot keep up with the modern computing enviroment. If you like the basic features of Office 97, then jump on board one of the many many many free, MODERN alternatives.
Please.... think of the children, won't SOMEBODY think of the children.

timljohns said,
Nothing wrong with it feature wise...
it's just past it's time, no longer modern and cannot keep up with the modern computing enviroment. If you like the basic features of Office 97, then jump on board one of the many many many free, MODERN alternatives.
Please.... think of the children, won't SOMEBODY think of the children.

ROFL Indeed.

Plus, what if someone sends you a Word document or something? What are the odds you can even open that? LOL

Office 97' !!!
REALLY !!!

Well done MS, sometimes a line has to be drawn, and this is one of those times.
Anyone still using Office 97 has MANY free modern alternatives available, including the FREE open Beta of Office 2010 that runs until the middle of 2010. Then add the web version coming soon, then Google Docs and also Open Office and.... etc etc etc...

I'm sure the clueless media will portray this as another "Microsoft screws poor computers users..." story.
But it's NOT. Plain. Simple. DONE...

Baked said,
SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!
WHO USES OFFICE 97 on WINDOWS 7 >???

GET REAL!

This isn't news worthy its just stupid.....


Angry man needs to calm down.

Kirkburn said,

Angry man needs to calm down.

Yep angry about the quality of news story/reporting happening on neowin lately...some of the stories are just utter crap.

Baked said,
Yep angry about the quality of news story/reporting happening on neowin lately...some of the stories are just utter crap.

Stop reading them, or send feedback in a civilized fashion. Don't spam the comments with your anger.

Big surprise Windows XP SP2 and Office 97 did not get along... once SP2 was installed Office would have to be manually ripped out.

People really need to learn to read the article properly.

"Office 97 breaks UAC settings page"

Stating that people should upgrade to a newer version of Office or use one of the many free alternatives etc etc misses the point.

...that Microsoft doesn't support software forever? I think that's a legitimate statement as well. Even though nothing should be able to break UAC, and I expect Microsoft to issue a patch for this, there's no telling how software that old could impact an OS... I'm not saying it doesn't deserve investigation, but expecting a software company to support something as old as Office 97 is in my mind out of the question...

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